Lutherans on Campus
What are your plans after high-school? You’ve probably heard the question a thousand times. But what about this question: What are your church plans after high-school? That’s a question that’s not so often asked. And yet, it’s an important question: What are your church plans after high-school?
For those who plan to stay in Park Rapids the answer is simple: continued membership and life at St. Johns. For those who plan to leave Park Rapids–for College, for the Military, for Work, for Adventure–the answer is more difficult.
The purpose of this page is to help in your plans.
Every Christian needs a local church. Every Christian needs a local pastor. You’ll always have St. Johns as your "home church" and you’ll always have Pastor Neubauer and Pastor Thompson and Pastor Fondow as your "home pastors". But who will be your pastor away from home? And where will you worship on Sunday? And who will you get together with for Christian fellowship and study of God’s Word? Those are good questions.
In your search for answers, then, please take some time here to plan for your future. The following links to Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod Campus Ministries or Congregations will be helpful in your search:
Minneapolis - St. Paul
Concordia University-St. Paul:
Concordia University-St.Paul is a member university of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Many members of St. Johns are alumni of Concordia-St. Paul.
The purpose of the College of Vocation and Ministry, an academic program of Concordia University–St. Paul, is to explore the Christian faith from the perspective of Lutheran theology, to educate and to form professional and lay leaders for the church, and to engage the Concordia communities in the discovery of vocation, witness, and service in home, workplace, community, and congregation.
University of Minnesota:
University Lutheran Chapel
University Lutheran Chapel is a local campus congregation of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod at the University of Minnesota. They are a fellowship gathered around the Lord who comes to us with grace, forgiveness, life and salvation through His Word and through the Sacraments of Baptism, Absolution, and Holy Communion. At the center of our congregation’s life is this worship of Christ Jesus, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. By His death He has destroyed death, and by His rising to life again He has restored to us everlasting life.
University of Minnesota-Duluth:
Lutheran Student Fellowship in connection with Luther House and Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, is a faithful campus ministry at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Weekly worship takes place at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 2012 E. Superior Street. For rides from campus, meet at Luther House (515 W Saint Marie Street, by the Oakland Apartments) at 10:10 am
Fall to Spring Sunday Morning Schedule: 8:00 am: Divine Service, 9:15 am: Bible Class, 10:30 am: Divine Service
Summer Sunday Morning Schedule: 8:30 am: Bible Study, 9:30 am: Divine Service
Weekly Student Activities at Luther House:
Lutheran Student Fellowship meets weekly on Monday evenings, 8:30 pm, at Luther House, 515 W Saint Marie St., by the Oakland Apartments. They are currently taking up various topics of interest.
Weekly Events at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church:
University of North Dakota:
Wittenberg Lutheran Chapel
3120 Fifth Avenue North
Grand Forks, ND 58203-2824
Wittenberg Lutheran Chapel is a faithful community of Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod Christians on the campus of the University of North Dakota. Divine Service is held at the Chapel Sundays at 10:30 am and Vespers is held Wednesdays at 6:15 pm. The Campus Pastor at Wittenberg Lutheran Chapel is Rev. Mark J. Buchhop. (Wittenberg Lutheran Chapel is building 155 on the map below)
Fargo - Moorhead
North Dakota State University:
Concordia College, Moorhead:
Moorhead State University:
Immanuel Lutheran Church
Divine Service: 8:15 and 11am
Lutheran Student Fellowship at NDSU:
St. Cloud State University:
Redeemer Lutheran Church
Divine Service: Sunday at 9am, Monday at 7pm
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
Divine Service: Sunday at 8 and 10:30am
Lutheran Student Fellowship at St. Cloud State University:
Mrs. Barb Hertling, DCE
University of Minnesota at Crookston:
Our Savior's Lutheran Church
217 S. Broadway
Student activities at Wittenberg Lutheran Chapel, University of ND, Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Bemidji State University:
Trinity Lutheran Church
123 29th Street NE
Concordia University, Wisconsin:
Concordia University, Mequon Wisconsin, is a member university of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
South Dakota State University:
629 9th Avenue
Brookings SD 57006
University of South Dakota:
Rev. Dr. Michael C. Boykin
7 South University Avenue
Vermillion, SD 57069
Iowa City, IA
University of Iowa:
Rev. W. Max Mons, Campus Pastor
404 East Jefferson Street
Iowa City, IA 52240
Lutheran Student Fellowship (National Organization):
Lutheran Student Fellowship is a national organization for Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod college and university students. There are over 145 student-led chapters. LSF seeks to support, strengthen, and enhance the mission of campus ministry and strives to enable students to grow and mature in their faith in Jesus Christ during their college years and to grow in their understanding of the doctrine and practice of The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod as taught in the Lutheran Confessions and to respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ with a strengthened sense of mission and ministry in the areas of worship, nurture, outreach, fellowship and service.
Higher Things: Dare to be Lutheran is a faithful, Lutheran Campus Ministry organization which makes it their goal to build up and keep our College Aged youth in the Christian faith. There are many excellent campus ministry links on their link page.
Going to College? The following article by Rev. John Pless will be helpful for you.
Living in Christ on Campus
By Rev. Prof. John T. Pless
Some of you who are reading this article will be heading off to a university or college campus in the next few weeks. This move might be accompanied by a sense of excitement or apprehension. Most likely, it is a combination of both. There is the expectation of a life of greater freedom and new opportunities for learning. There are also the unsettling thoughts of uncertain challenges on unfamiliar terrain.
As a Christian you can make the move to campus with the confidence that Jesus Christ goes with you for He has put His name on you in Baptism and with His name the promise that He will never leave you. Given the spiritual climate of the university campus, it might be tempting to believe that you are alone, an isolated Christian in an academic wilderness that has long sense consigned Christianity to junk pile of outmoded belief systems that have no integrity in today's world. Unfortunately, too many young Christians are seduced into believing this lie of the evil one. Far more, however, experience a withering of the faith as God¹s own means for creating and sustaining faith, His Word and Sacrament, are pushed aside by other the hectic pace of student life.
Your student years are not a time to put your Christian life in storage but instead these years can be time for growth in the knowledge of Christ Jesus. Christ¹s gifts that enliven you now in your home congregation will be there for you on campus, too. The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod has campus ministries or "contact congregations" at nearly all of the major universities in the United States. Your pastor has a listing of these campus chapels and congregations. He would be happy to put you in touch with the campus pastor or an LCMS congregation near your school. Countless students have found a spiritual home in these campus chapels or congregations. They are places for support and encouragement in the midst of struggles that often come with being a student. In many instances, they are places where you can meet other students and form deep friendships. Often these campus ministries provide activities such as movie nights, pizza parties, and Spring break trips. This is well and good but there is something that is even more essential. Most important they provide students with a place to hear the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ truthfully proclaimed and an altar from which to receive the Lord's body and blood.
Contrary to popular belief, the campus is not a spiritual vacuum. The university is not a "godless" place; religions abound here. Many of these religions promote tolerance and claim to champion an inclusive approach to faith. However, you will quickly learn that they are not very tolerant of anyone who confesses that Jesus Christ alone is the Savior. Other groups, particularly, those that label themselves as "non-denominational" ignore the clear words of Jesus when it comes to Baptism, the Lord¹s Supper, and how it is that God saves us through faith in Christ alone and not by human decision. All this means that a Lutheran student needs to know the teachings of God's Word and be ready to evaluate other claims to truth using the Scriptures. That is why Bible study and catechesis (yes, you will continue to learn and pray the Small Catechism) is a major component of faithful LCMS campus ministry. Your campus pastor will want to make sure that you are able to give reason for the hope in Christ that you have (I Peter 3:15-16) so that you are not tossed around by every religious fad that blows through the dorm or student union. Take advantage of his knowledge of the Scriptures and his commitment to take care of your soul.
One of the prayers that I would often use with students at the beginning and ending of the academic year goes like this: "Lord God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ, our Lord" (Lutheran Worship, 262). Your vocation as a student is a venture to be sure. It will take you down some paths as yet untrodden and you will, no doubt, encounter unknown perils. But go to with the good courage that is born of faith in the crucified and risen Lord Jesus Christ. His hand will lead you and His love will support you as you live in Him on campus.
Prof. John T. Pless, formerly campus pastor at University Lutheran Chapel (University of Minnesota-Minneapolis) now assistant professor of pastoral ministry and missions at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Trinity Lutheran Church
Divine Service: Sunday at 9am
University of Minnesota, Morris:
Zion Lutheran Church
Divine Service: Sunday at 9am
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
Divine Service: Sunday at 8 and 10:30am, Wednesday at 7:30pm
Our Redeemer Christian Student Fellowship
The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod has partnered with Our Redeemer to employ a full-time worker at Our Redeemer for the purpose of campus ministry. Mr. Phil Meyer, DCE, is currently filling that role, and can be reached at (218) 233-7569. Divine Service is held weekly at Our Redeemer, 8 and 10:30 am, and a Bible study for college students is held at 9:30 in the church's college room.
3120 Fifth Avenue North, Grand Forks, North Dakota