EMU envisions a learning community marked by academic excellence, creative process, professional competence, and passionate Christian faith, offering healing and hope in our diverse world.

Read the EMU mission statement and community lifestyle commitment and consider how to serve Christ on campus.

Spiritual Life at EMU

Together we worship God two times a week during chapel services planned by campus pastors and student pastoral assistants. Many students meet on Sunday nights for a time of celebration praise worship. Gospel choir leads worship on and off campus.

Prayer life and community support

Prayer life is fostered on campus in a variety of ways. Prayer rooms are available in Northlawn and the Seminary building.

EMU Prayer LabyrinthA prayer labyrinth is located near the gazebo on the hill just above the Campus Center and seminary buildings. Spiritual disciplines are taught and practiced in the Spiritual Formation Class and in other settings.

“In these four years, I’ve come a long way, EMU helping me to become a better person of faith, giving me tools to live out my convictions in tangible ways….Many professors that I have gotten to know on a personal level have been great examples of people living out their faith, engaging and impacting their surrounding spheres and environments positively. Their stories have helped to shape me.” – Jonathan Burkholder, EMU ’14 graduate

Each residence hall is staffed with a ministry assistant who facilitates a weekly small group Bible study, sharing time or service activity. Spiritual Life Week is held each semester.

EMU professors integrate their faith with instruction, administrators lead from Mennonite beliefs, campus pastors provide encouragement, nurture for faith formation and pastoral care leading to healing and hope.

Sharing and outreach

EMU’s distinctive cross-cultural program stretches students in their faith formation while immersed in the study and experience of a new culture. The annual Augsburger Lecture Series features noted theologians and scholars who speak on Christian evangelism and mission.

Many students express their interest in service, mission and outreach by joining with YPCA: Y-Serve and participating in community learning.

Further your studies, grow in your faith

“If our hearts and minds are kept in Christ, we will keep our passion.” – Emily Peck-McClain, associate professor of Christian formation, preaching, and worship

Grow in your faith by participating in a local congregation, doing a summer of Ministry Inquiry Program, being in a small group or getting involved in other ways.

Eastern Mennonite Seminary, the University’s graduate level theological program, also offers opportunities to explore pastoral ministry. All students are welcome to attend classes, lectures, conferences and chapel services hosted by the seminary.