Spring Arbor University

Spiritual Life

Students worship together in chapel

But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it — he will be blessed in what he does. — James 1:25, NIV

Your spiritual growth is just as important to us as your academic growth. No matter how good your grades are and no matter how intellectual you become, if your intellect and passions are not rooted in Christ, nothing you do will truly prosper. Therefore, at SAU we make it a top priority to root you in God’s word and give you ample opportunities to firmly establish your relationship with Christ.

Take a moment to learn about some of the spiritual activities available to students. For more information on how to get involved, email Brian Kono at brian.kono@arbor.edu or download the SAU App from iTunes or GooglePlay.


Spring Arbor University ChapelWhat we do right now, we do for CHRIST!

This phrase is the last thing the SAU chapel band sees before engaging hundreds of University students in worship. Each chapel band member jumps up, taps the sign, and then heads on stage to lead one of the most amazing experiences at SAU.

At the center of it all is chapel.

It’s where the Spirit wins our heart and the Lord inspires our purpose. The students and speakers will move you, the music will speak to you and the sense of community will warm you. And you will take it with you wherever you go.

At SAU, chapel is required for every residential student and is one of the most anticipated events of the week. Seeing about 1000 students, faculty and staff lifting up their hands, voices and hearts to the Lord in all-out worship is a powerful experience. That, combined with hand-picked speakers who engage the students with dynamic and spiritually-challenging messages, is one of the many things that makes SAU so unique.

Whether it be praising God, encouraging your friends or listening to a fellow believer give you the tools you need to better serve God, you’ll leave chapel feeling rejuvenated, recharged and changed.

Want an insider perspective? Visit SAU and attend chapel.

Interested in chapel? Watch a chapel service online!

Fellowship Groups

Athletes for Christ – A ministry that reaches out to the student athletes and coaches on campus to come together as one body and worship God.

C.A.L.M.Catholics Aiming to Learn More – A Catholic group that discusses scripture and the Catholic faith with both Catholics and non-Catholics.

Deeper is a worship and fellowship gathering for students. On Wednesday nights, students gather together to worship and pray with one another. Unlike chapel which consists of guest speakers, the speakers at Deeper are usually students’ peers. Deeper is the perfect example of the Spring Arbor student bodies intentional efforts to cultivate a Christ centered community.

Expose SAU – Expose SAU is a group that seeks healing through the one true healer Jesus Christ from issues in life that come as a result of personal sin (e.g. addiction), as a result of being sinned against (e.g. abuse) or as a result of living in a fallen world (e.g. anxiety or depression).

Love Builds – Love Builds consists of both men’s and women’s small groups that meet at separate times and in anonymous locations. In these small groups we talk about struggles, triumphs, and how to learn from the Bible what God’s view for love truly is. We also host campus wide events inviting professors and pastors from the university and area to share and educate on topics like pornography, culture, biblical love, relationships, and more.

Orthodox Christian Fellowship – Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) is a group that meets bi-weekly to pray, worship, and discuss faith from an Orthodox Christian perspective. For those interested in attending an Orthodox Christian service, there are two local Churches. Holy Ascension in Albion, and St. Demetrius in Jackson.

Professor-Led Bible Studies:
Every semester, SGA Spiritual Life provides opportunities for numerous professor led bible studies. These studies always very depending on the schedule of the professor and students. There is a variety of topical and expository studies offered. This is a great opportunity to not only get connected with other students, but also to branch out and connect with professors outside of your department major.

Village Life Group – The village life group provides an opportunity for guys to gather together and build community. Through reading the word and praying for each other, the student led group strives to make an impact on campus. The life group meets every week and once a month brings in a speaker.

Outreach Ministries

C.A.S.E. – Center for Autism Spectrum Enrichment, is a program for students and their parents from the area who have autism. Students from grades Kindergarten-12th grade come and are paired with a mentor, who are student volunteers from SAU. The focus is to practice social skills by participating in group activities, games, robotics, and worship. SAU provides parents with a time to be informed, to discuss, and ask questions from professionals involved with the program. If a student is interested in being involved with the C.A.S.E. program, they may grab an application from the 3rd floor office in the Poling Center.

Interfaith Shelter: This ministry travels to the Jackson Interfaith Shelter twice a week. They meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays outside the President’s office at 6:15 pm and arrive back on campus by 8:45pm. At the shelter you will meet a wide variety of residents

LOVE: Empowering Women of Diversity – This group is for minority and international students who are on Spring Arbor University’s campus. The purpose of the group is to create a safe environment for students to come and express their thoughts, concerns and ideas about being a minority or international student on campus. LOVE meets every other Wednesday from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Gainey Conference Room.

Mu Kappa – A student-led group that exists to encourage Third Culture Kids (TCKs) enrolled with SAU. We conduct an orientation session for new students each fall, and plan events that help TCKs get to know each other and help make SAU their “home.”

Project L.O.T.   
Project L.O.T. exists to help SAU students to serve the Least of These in Jackson, Michigan, through acts of service, discipleship and organizing to meet physical needs. Project L.O.T. has a handful of standalone programs such as Under The Lights where SAU students engage in street evangelism in downtown Jackson.

Spiritual Life Retreat – Although students always look forward to activities like the traditional four-square tournament and the Frisbee golf competition, the real reason for the Spiritual Life Retreat is spiritual development and genuine life change. More than 150 students steal away for a weekend of games, good food, and a spiritual jump-start to the school year. Students literally sleep outside the student development office to reserve a space for this wildly popular event.

Spring Break Missions Trips – For some students at Spring Arbor University, spring break is a lot more rewarding than relaxing. Each March, SAU sends about 100 – 200 students all over the nation to serve on missions trips. In past years, students have traveled to Mexico, Houston, Atlanta, Puerto Rico, Hamtramck Texas, Kentucky, New York City, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Panama Beach, and the Navajo Nation.

Students for Life – A chapter of Michigan Students for Life, a pro-life organization.

WAVE  – An acronym for “worship arts vesper experience”, WAVE provides a unique opportunity to worship God through the creative arts.