Spiritual Life

Knowing God and seeking His will for our lives paves the way for a life of service. The classroom, Bible study groups, our mentoring program, outreach teams and informal conversations combine to build relationships as we strive to “spur one another on toward love and service” (Hebrews 10:24).

Chapel meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:30 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. unless otherwise noted. The operating premise for chapel is to provide a biblically-based service of worship in which students are encouraged to become more like Christ in attitude, character, motivation and perspective on life. Those participating in chapel include faculty, staff, students, off-campus speakers, worship teams and college choirs/ensembles. Chapel includes worship through music and song, biblical exposition, personal testimony, missions, church and college heritage. Chapel is required as a commitment made by each student to enhance the building of “community.”

Regular church attendance and participation in a local congregation are strongly encouraged.

Christian Life Emphasis Week (CLEW) is a cooperative program of spiritual enrichment offered by Houghton College and the Houghton Wesleyan Church. At the beginning of the fall semester, CLEW services are held during the evenings as well as during the regularly scheduled chapel services. In the spring, PRAXIS challenges the campus to examine specific ways of putting their faith into practice. Campus and guest speakers, seminars, panel discussions and other venues all focus on the theme for the week. CLEW and PRAXIS are intended to foster spiritual renewal within the student body, faculty, staff and administration and to draw all to Houghton College’s purpose of education in the service of the Kingdom of God.

Sunday evening Koinonia is a service of worship and prayer held at Wesley Chapel. Student worship bands lead this ministry under the direction of the Houghton church’s assistant pastor and the college’s ministry team coordinator.

Outreach Ministries include the Allegany County Outreach (ACO), Global Christian Fellowship (GCF), The Gospel Choir, Journey’s End Tutoring, Young Life and Youth for Christ. These student-run organizations are designed to provide students with opportunities to apply their faith through service to the church and community.