Spiritual Life

At the core of the IWU experience is the spiritual encouragement you will receive as you participate with our campus community in pursuit of a relationship with our Creator. From great speakers and worship in chapel, to great conversations in the dorms, to faculty who will take the time to talk to you about your journey, there is a strong belief in God's desire to speak to every one of our students.

Along with a great support system, there are challenges to be had as well. You will have real chances here to do more than just talk about your faith; you will be able to live it. We encourage all of our students to become involved with the many opportunities to serve on campus, off campus, and internationally. We send about 25 teams a year to various parts of the world, as well as work locally with the people in our community.

Our mission of encouraging students to be "world changers" is not just a cliché; it's really happening. Why don't you join us on the journey?




Chapel is a forum for worship, spiritual encouragement, community development, information sharing, and cultural enrichment. You will find that all chapels have strong elements of praise and worship which include challenging instruction from God's Word. Information sharing and academic connections to our lives are also included. Your experience in chapel will help you grasp how we live our lives within the context of a Christian environment where we encourage you to love God with all your heart, soul and mind.

Check out the upcoming chapel schedule or listen to chapel archives online.

Dean of the Chapel

The Office of the Dean of the Chapel at Indiana Wesleyan University is committed to the transformation of people into the image of Christ for the sake of others, to the glory of God. Our Spiritcare programs are well suited for our adult students both online and onsite, and our Chapel programs are oriented toward the residential undergraduate students at our Marion campus.

We believe that transformation into the image of Christ involves a fourfold interaction between worship, education, fellowship and service. The Office of the Dean of the Chapel provides opportunities to grow in each of these areas through a variety of ministries and experiences both on and off campus.


Spiritual Formation

Surveys of first-time freshmen indicate that the number one reason for choosing IWU is the spiritual atmosphere. At Indiana Wesleyan University, you will discover many opportunities to strengthen and affirm your faith. As a new student, you will participate in a "World Changers" class in which the fundamentals of the Christian faith are outlined from an evangelical perspective. You will be encouraged to explore and discuss your Christian beliefs and how they can be applied to your daily life.


Leadership Development

The Office of the Dean of the Chapel provides opportunities for students to practice servant leadership. Student body chaplains, residence hall chaplains, the student body outreach coordinator and residence hall outreach coordinators partner together to show leadership principles to our resident students through the planning and implementation of prayer initiatives, small group Bible studies, campus-wide outreach activities and residence hall outreach activities.


Small Group Connections

Fellowship on campus at Indiana Wesleyan University offers young adults the opportunity for small group connections within the larger student population. Students gather regularly to encourage and support one another in spiritual matters, academics and athletics. These groups provide unique opportunities for accountability and spiritual growth, creating relationships that remain long after the college experience.


World Impact

Founded in 1994 by Dr. Jim Lo, World Impact has been a significant component of the IWU experience for hundreds of students over the years. Lives have been changed, callings have been clarified, and God has done incredible things in and through the lives of those who have been a part of this unique outreach of the University. Since its inception, the name "World Impact" has been associated with cross-cultural short-term mission trips, but recently the department has been expanded to include a variety of University-sponsored local, domestic and global service opportunities.