Religious Life

The Center for Faith and Life (CFL), a central gathering place on Luther's campus, is home to the Office for College Ministries. College Ministries serves the Luther College community, congregations, and ministries of the church through telling the story of God's active presence in the world, building relationships of spiritual formation and mutual service, and embracing the creative tension of faith and learning. We seek at once to celebrate Luther's rich Christian-Lutheran heritage and to affirm the rich spiritual diversity of the Luther community and the world.

Our common ministry grows out of our commitment to community worship. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors may participate in chapel Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the CFL. Chapel brings the community together for worship, prayer, renewal, and dialogue. The Luther Congregation is open to all interested students with weekly worship on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. and Sunday evenings at 9:00 p.m. (Focus). College Ministries supports students of diverse faith traditions seeking opportunities for spiritual growth through offerings such as silent meditation in the Zen Buddhist tradition and interfaith holiday celebrations.

College Ministries' staff includes a team of three campus pastors and one administrative assistant. Partnership with St. Benedict Catholic Church in Decorah provides support for a Roman Catholic Chaplain to help lead the Catholic Student Community. Other groups supported through College Ministries include t.r.e.c., a group for people exploring God's calls in their lives; the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA); and Lutheran Student Fellowship (LCMS).

The Luther Congregation sponsors service, learning, and fellowship, Bible studies, Global Concerns groups that focus on peace and justice issues and Outreach Teams that serve area congregations. Students carry significant roles through worship, small group leadership, music ministry, work-study, elected leaders for the Luther Congregation Council, and volunteer leaders for a wide range of ministries. Responding to God's reconciling work, the Luther College Student Congregation is a Reconciling in Christ congregation, affirming our welcome to people of all sexual orientations and identities to participate fully in our ministry.

Groups advocating for peace and justice include Habitat for Humanity, ECO, and Aynah. College Ministries works with the Luther College Diversity Center to support a variety of events and groups, including the Muslim Student Association and Allies, People's Rights for Inclusion, Diversity, and Expression (PRIDE), and the Interfaith Student Association. For more information about ministry opportunities at Luther, call 387-1040 or visit