Association of Campus Religious Organizations
The Division of Student Affairs serves as a liaison with the Association of Campus Religious Organizations (ACRO). Read about the many religious organizations with a presence on the NIU campus.
Baptist Campus Ministry is a student-led organization striving to reflect Christ's image at NIU through love, discipleship and service. NIU students, staff and faculty come together to worship and serve our community. We gather to hear the gospel proclaimed in word, song and prayer. We also gather for Bible studies during the week to explore our faith and learn how to be leaders in our communities. Our epic game night is a great opportunity to hang out and meet new people. We are open to all and seek to provide a safe place for all to explore their faith.
Circle Sanctuary Church's Campus Ministry supports the NIU Pagan Student Association (PSA), a student-directed, faith-based group dedicated to learning and interacting with all Pagan faith paths. All people seeking to expand their understanding of the divine are welcome. PSA meets once a week on campus and engages in many community service activities throughout DeKalb County.
Grace Place is a student-led community that practices radical hospitality for all. God loves everyone and creates us with our own unique gifts. In celebration of God's love, we welcome everyone of any sexuality, gender identity, race, ethnicity, religion, disability and all other walks of life. We are committed to being anti-racist and learning how we can better serve our neighbors.
NIU Hillel welcomes students of all backgrounds and fosters an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel. As the largest Jewish student organization in the world, Hillel builds connections with emerging adults at NIU, inspiring them to direct their own paths. NIU Hillel students are challenged to explore, experience and engage in vibrant Jewish lives through a combination of interesting social, religious, entertainment and public service activities.
InterVarsity is a community of Christ followers who want to see students and faculty transformed, the campus renewed and world changers developed. It is a safe place to belong, to explore Christian faith and to grow in your faith by becoming more like Christ.
We want to love and serve the campus. We serve the campus by having weekly large group and small group meetings and by hosting various events throughout the year. Large group is a gathering place for everyone to come together, worship and hear the teachings of the Bible. Small group is a place to explore and learn about the Bible. Small group can help you feel at home since we have many different affinity groups, including Asian American InterVarsity, LaFe (Latino students), Black Campus Fellowship, Men and Women, and Arts.
Immanuel Lutheran Church has always seen NIU as a significant part of our mission field and community. For over 50 years, Immanuel has reached out to and served NIU students, faculty and staff. Our student organization, Lutheran Student Fellowship (nicknamed "Refuge"), offers many opportunities for spiritual growth each week. Our regular activities include pastor-led Bible studies, student-led Bible studies and discussions, service projects, social events, and lots of hanging out with food and games.
Refuge meets in the college lounge on the lower level of the building and is open most nights of the week for activities and for students to drop in and/or study. Sunday morning worship, whether traditional or contemporary, is a key component of our faith journey.
Student "peer ministers" lead much of the program in partnership with the campus pastor and campus ministry committee. Students also participate in worship on Sunday mornings in various ways and interact with many other aspects of our congregational life. Spring break servant trips have been a student favorite for many years.
At the heart of our campus ministry program is the desire to reach out with the good news of Jesus Christ, while equipping students to grow in their leadership skills for current and future service in God's kingdom. NIU students are vital to the future and the present of the church and society!
Immanuel also proudly reaches out to the hundreds of international students who attend NIU. Our congregation members and other partners offer English as a second language classes for international students and their families, as well as weekly gatherings called the Intercultural Café. The café is a partnership with Network of Nations and a group of local churches who support reaching out with Christ-like hospitality to international students.
Visit the Refuge website for more information on the group and their upcoming activities.
New Hope Missionary Baptist Church of DeKalb was founded by committed African Americans seeking religious and spiritual growth for the purpose of serving our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We strive to develop and encourage Christian education and outreach throughout the community. All are welcome to our "come-as-you-are" church. We offer a 10:45 a.m. service on Sunday and a variety of ministries throughout the week.
The Newman Catholic Student Center serves as the Catholic parish on campus. We offer a variety of activities throughout the week, including service projects, retreats, social events, rosary, adoration, Bible study, classes and much more! All are welcome.
- Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
- Sunday at 8 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 8 p.m.
Presbyterian Campus Ministry (PCM) is an open-minded, open-hearted campus ministry for NIU students. Our hope at PCM is to provide a place for college students to grow in their faith by asking questions such as: What are the gifts that God has given me? How can I use them? How do I know what I am called to do in life?
We welcome these questions and seek to answer them while we form a deeper relationship with God. We welcome you to join us and make a spiritual home where we can care for and enjoy one another, as well as the community around us. PCM meets once a week for dinner and fellowship. We offer many opportunities for community service throughout the year.
Meetings will be held the second Thursday of every month at 10 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 511 Russell Road, DeKalb, IL.