Gatherings

Chapel: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

  • Alpha Chapel: 10:00am – 11:00am
  • Omega Chapel: 11:20 – 12:20pm
  • Pursuit: Mondays at 8:30pm

Philosophy of Chapel Gatherings

A large portion of the spiritual formation that occurs at Northwest University happens in the corporate setting of chapel gatherings. While these gatherings are not the only place for spiritual formation, we see them as a primary expression of the spiritual vitality of our community and core to our DNA. These gathering are essential to affirming and shaping our identity as a Jesus-following community. In order for chapel to accomplish this purpose, the focus must be on core spiritual formation teaching pillars.

We acknowledge that chapel is the primary gathering place for the Northwest community. While there are possible announcements, topics, lectures, and ideas that could be presented in chapel, the Spiritual Formation committee, tasked with maintaining the central focus of chapel, must be selective with what is presented.

The primary purpose of chapel gatherings is to gather in worship, keeping our community spiritually vibrant and each member engaged in spiritual formation. Worship includes, but also extends beyond, the hearing, reading, and teaching of Scripture and the Christian faith, corporate singing, confession, prayer, testimony, partaking in communion, giving, and the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

Gathering Options

Monday Chapels are called “Liturgical Rhythms.” Each week there will be a reading of the Psalms, an acoustic hymn or two, a corporate confession or creed, a short Scripture lesson, and a benediction. The goal is to have a community rhythm of starting each week with hearing and confessing truth.

Wednesday Chapels are focused on spiritual formation and practice. There will be worship and prayer, a shorter TED-talk style teaching on a spiritual discipline such as prayer or evangelism, and some extended time for our community to practice that discipline and process together. Wednesdays are community-practice oriented. The goal is to focus on a spiritual discipline in order to give us a space to not just learn and listen, but to engage in and practice our faith.

Friday Chapels are a celebration at the end of the week. There will be more “contemporary” style worship and a time of opening the Scripture together. The goal is to allow the Word of God to dwell in us, convict us, and encourage us in following Jesus.

Monday night Pursuits are our weekly night gathering dedicated to corporate prayer, worship, and the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

Revive nights: In past years Northwest has hosted an annual Pursuit Conference as a free, three-day experience, showing how God has already pursued us, inspiring and empowering us to pursue Him in response. This year, Northwest is proud to be holding REVIVE nights. REVIVE is a one night gathering where young adults come together to hear from, encounter, and respond to God. REVIVE happens all throughout the year and will feature speakers, pastors, and worship leaders from around the country.

ChicChat and Fellaship are women’s and men’s gatherings that happen throughout the year. They typically incorporate a short teaching or thought, a time for Question and Response, and end with prayer.