Christian Life at CUAA
Living a full Christian life is about more than worship. CUAA is committed to an environment that welcomes all students the opportunity to grow, learn, and better understand God’s calling in their lives. For over 50 years, the motto of “Christ First in Everything” has been the foundational building block of our university. The community at CUAA isn’t a group a perfect people, but forgiven people who gather together in Jesus Christ.
Theme and Verse for 2016-17: “Together Set Apart”
(Jesus prayed), “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth. I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” John 17:17-21
Students, staff, and faculty have the opportunity to gather for Daily Chapel in the Chapel of the Holy Trinity on each day of the regular school year from 10:30-10:50am. Each service will be Christ-centered, consistently excellent, and engaging and participatory. A variety of musical instruments are used, whether a worship arts band, piano, or organ. Most weeks emphasize a “Series,” allowing Daily Chapel to have a sense of continuity and connection. Click “here” for this month’s current chapel schedule, with series, titles, and texts.
• Offerings – Tuesdays, 10:15pm, Band Room. This student-led gathering includes excellent music, prayer, and meditation.
• Evening Prayer – Wednesdays, 10:15pm, Chapel of the Holy Trinity. Worship with other students, using many beloved liturgies such as Evening Prayer, Compline, and Vespers.
• Off campus worship opportunities
• Mission of the Month – each month the campus selects a local mission focus and passionately pursues serving that mission. Here are some highlights from past Mission of the Month initiatives: 500 sweatshirts donated, 100+ handmade blankets made for Mott Children’s Hospital, Christmas gifts for over 100 children of incarcerated parents, and packing 1,000+ bags for homeless men and women in our community.
• Mission Trips – Travel to serve others in need and make a difference in their lives. Past trips included Nashville, Detroit, Haiti, and New Orleans.
Small Community Groups
Campus Ministry Coordinators – each Resident Hall has a “CMC,” whose primary role is to build relationships with the other residents in their hall in order to serve them with the love of Jesus Christ. They’re equipped to listen, pray with other students, lead, and support everyone in their hall.
New Crew Youth Ministry
• Lock-ins – students share the love of Christ by leading exciting overnight lock-ins at churches in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio.
• Tool Time
About Campus Ministry
Pastor Ryan Peterson grew up in southeastern Wisconsin and attended Concordia University Wisconsin, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry and Theological Languages. At Concordia he met his wife Kristy (a graduate of the CUW School of Nursing), and they moved to St. Louis where he completed his Master of Divinity at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in 2007.
Pastor Ryan completed his vicarage and received his first call to St. John Lutheran Church in Ellisville, Missouri. While there, he was a Strategic Leader, Teaching Pastor, and Director of Next Generation Ministries. The Peterson family grew from two to five during their time in Missouri, with the birth of Andrew, Kyle, and Alyssa.
Pastor Ryan has been at Concordia since 2013. He loves the students and the mission of Concordia, and is committed to helping every student take a next step on their journey of life and faith. He is currently completing his Doctor of Ministry degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.
Ryan Peterson, Campus Pastor
Office: Student Services 135
Allison Guse, Campus Ministry Intern