Christian Life

Living a full Christian life is about more than worship. At CUW you can see and feel the Christian emphasis from how our professors teach in the classroom to how our athletes play on the field.

Perhaps most important, what makes Concordia University Wisconsin a Christian university isn’t that we’re perfect people, but that we’re forgiven people who gather together in Christ.

The strength of a Christian community rests on an awareness that people need one another and reach out to one another for support and understanding.

Daily Chapel

Worship services meet in the Chapel of Christ Triumphant on each day of the regular school year from 9:30 am to 9:45 am. Please visit our YouTube Channel to see a few recorded chapel services. All services are broadcast live for students, faculty and staff via the CUW portal.


Concordia University’s mission is to prepare our students for SERVICE around the world. Toward that end, Concordia provides hundreds of opportunities for students to display their faith and show the love of Jesus; in so doing, they make a difference in the lives of others now and forever. Here are just a few examples of how we serve:

  • Orientation: new students participate in service projects in their very first weekend on campus
  • Campus Ministry: dozens of specialized ministries continually share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in various ways from feeding the homeless in Milwaukee to building homes overseas
  • Volunteer Club: initiated and run by students, they engage in various community service endeavors throughout the year
  • Blood Drives: various students groups organize 4 blood drives a year
  • Athletics: our 28 NCAA Division III sports teams actively engage in service
  • Academics: many programs such as our freshman seminar require service
  • The Respite: twice a year the School of Nursing provides a full day of fun and games for disabled children, thus giving their parents a temporary reprieve
  • Service Learning: the faculty recently formed a committee to promote service learning within the curriculum; 23 faculty volunteered for this endeavor!
  • Week of Service: each year in March the University takes a week to embrace our mission with various service endeavors and events

All told our student perform thousands of service hours each year; check out the bottom of the home page of this website for an up-to-date count.

For more information about service at CUW please contact Dr. Randall Ferguson, Director of Christian Service:

Student Groups and Activities

Beautiful Feet - Beautiful Feet encourages and supports missions around the world. In addition to hosting mission speakers and sending care packages to missionaries, students attend a mission conference each fall. Concordia universities around the country take turns hosting the Beautiful Feet Conference, which includes guest speakers and hands-on mission experiences for students interested in short or long-term missions.

CHAT - CHAT brings American and international students together at a weekly Bible study and plans fun events throughout the year including a Thanksgiving dinner.

CIA (Children of God in Action ) – Children’s ministry gives students a chance to share the love of Jesus with children in the area by hosting fun activities throughout the year, such as the Fall Festival Halloween event, a Christmas gift drive, and an Easter event.

CORE Training (Conditioning Our Run Eternally) - CORE Training unites CUW athletes for fellowship centered on God’s Word by creating opportunities for team devotions and large group activities with athletes from all sports.

 Drama Ministry – TheDrama Ministry team shares the love of God through student-written skits presented on campus and at local schools and churches.

Habitat for Humanity - Join Habitat’s Lakeside Student Chapter and help build and repair houses for those in need.

The HAVEN - The Haven offers a refreshing encouragement of faith. Energetic music is led by one of the Haven bands along with reflective prayer time and a powerful message. The Haven meets every Sunday night at 7:00 pm in the Albrecht Lounge.

The Hiding Place - The Hiding Place provides a relaxed atmosphere for students to hang out, play games, hear live music, study or meet with a small group for Bible study. This off-campus coffee house ministry, located in the basement of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Mequon, happens on Saturday evenings.

B.U.I.L.D. (Men's Ministry) - CUW men build and strengthen each other's faith through God's word and a variety of activities.

Spring Break Mission Trip - Travel over Spring Break to help others in need!  Past trips included building homes for the poor in Mexico and repairing houses in New Orleans. Fundraise throughout the year, learn new skills and experience something life-changing and unforgettable.

Nursing Home Ministry - Nursing Home Ministry brings joy to nursing home residents once a week through visiting, playing games, singing and sharing devotions.

Prison Ministry - Prison Ministry encourages and witnesses to individual prisoners through a letter-writing exchange.

Street Team - Street Team creates awareness and reaches out to the homeless and others in Milwaukee's inner city.
Students for Life - Students for Life actively supports the sanctity of life both on campus and off through various activities, including involvement with A Place of Refuge in Milwaukee and the March for Life in Washington, D.C. 

TNT - TNT gathers weekly in the Lakeshore Room for an informal time of singing, Bible study, prayer and fellowship. When the weather is nice, look for TNT outside around the campfire.

L.I.G.H.T. (Ladies in God's Hands Together) - CUW women encourage one another in their faith through various activities and retreats centered on God's word. 

Worship Committee - Worship Committee helps our campus pastor with the services on campus. Students may volunteer to usher, set-up, clean, make banners, decorate for the various seasons of the church year, help with music and more. 

Youth Ministry - Y-Min shares the love of Christ with youth by leading exciting overnight lock-ins at area churches.

Spirituality on Campus

CUW’s Christian environment matters to our students. When surveyed (*) about spirituality on campus, here’s what students across the nation had to say:

Developing a deepened sense of spirituality

  • 69% of CUW seniors said they developed a deepened sense of spirituality either very often or often.
  • At the NSSE National level, 29% of seniors reported often or very often while 41% of seniors at Great Lakes Private (3) universities responded in these two categories.

Participating in activities to enhance your spirituality (worship, meditation, prayer, etc.)

  • 62% of CUW seniors reported participating very often or often in activities which enhance spirituality compared to 34% of seniors nationally.
  • Great Lakes Private universities reported 38% of students in the often or very often groups.

(*) Data from the NSSE (National Survey of Student Engagement 2009)