Welcome from the Chaplain's Office
The College Chaplain or campus pastor has the responsibility of overseeing the spiritual life of the campus community, that students, faculty, and staff may be furthered in the knowledge and the love of the Lord during their time at Wheaton.
Pastoral responsibilities include coordinating on-campus worship and networking the spiritual life resources of the community. With thousands of members, the Wheaton College community has cares and concerns that number far beyond the scope of the capacity of the Chaplain's Office for ministry. So we depend on the pastoral gifts and spiritual sensitivities of many people on campus who supplement and extend the ministerial duties and pastoral care of the Office of the Chaplain.
7 Loves of the Ordinary Life
Love God through Worship
Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul! I will praise the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. (Psalm 146:1-2)
Love the Life of Prayer
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)
Love the Scriptures
Let the word of Christ dwell in your richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (Colossians 3:16)
Love Life Together
Let brotherly love continue. (Hebrews 13:1)
Love Living Life beyond Myself
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace. (1 Peter 4:10)
Love a Life of Generosity
Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you. (Matthew 5:42)
Love to Rest and Celebrate
He said to them, "This is what the LORD has commanded: 'Tomorrow is a day of solemn rest, a holy Sabbath to the LORD; bake what you will bake and boil what you will boil, and all that is left over lay aside to be kept till the morning.'" (Exodus 16:23)
The most visible part of the work of the Chaplain's office involves the development and implementation of a Chapel program that works at building community, enabling worship, and fostering Christlikeness. Three times a week, students enter the worship environment of Edman Chapel to experience a needed respite from the busyness of campus life. By mere attendance in Chapel students contribute to a sense of corporate community, and in participatory worship students encourage the faith development of their peers. As an experience shared by the entire community, Chapel stimulates campus-wide discussion of current issues and ideas. View the Chapel Schedule.
Discipleship Small Group
The Discipleship Small Group ministry also serves to encourage students to help one another become like Jesus as they journey together during their years at Wheaton. Interested students are organized into small groups led by fellow students that provide a safe haven among peers, allowing for mutual support and encouragement, safety in struggle, and a place to become more like Christ.
Gold Star Chapel, located in the Beamer Student Center, is a small memorial chapel always open for personal prayer and meditation. To insure its availability for individual use, Gold Star Chapel cannot be reserved for group functions.