The Lutheran Tradition
Concordia University is one of ten Concordia’s affiliated with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Our stated mission is to be a Christian university that prepares servant leaders for the transformation of society. Each student is encouraged and provided opportunities to deepen and broaden their faith in Jesus Christ to realize this mission.
As a Lutheran university we are uniquely positioned to engage issues that bridge the Christian faith and matters of everyday life. This includes vocation, origins, identity, orientation, life issues, involvement in government and the Public Square, health care, and environmental issues. The Bible, scientific research, and philosophy are a welcome part of the conversation. Lutherans have always placed a high premium on education.
Every weekday from 10:20-10:50 a.m. is designated as “Sacred Time” at Concordia’s main campus. Students, staff and faculty are encouraged and supported in feeding their faith during these twenty minutes. There are no classes or meetings scheduled during this time. A person can pursue spiritual growth with fellow Concordians or participate in more quiet spiritual activities. Opportunities include:
- Daily Chapel
- Prayer time alone or with a prayer partner
- Scripture Meditation
- Table Talk (discussion about issues of the day)
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Spiritual Growth Opportunities
Besides daily Sacred Time, there are multiple ways students can be involved in Christian growth and service.
- Lighthouse is a time of praise and prayer planned and led by students. They serve as musicians, speakers, greeters, and sound board technicians.
- Christian Life Club is a weekly gathering of students to study Scripture, play games, fellowship, and go out to serve both on and off campus.
- Spiritual Retreats occur in both fall and spring semester. Students travel off campus to a beautiful retreat center. The weekend is filled with fellowship, rest, study, music, and of course, fun activities.
- Small group Bible Studies occur all around campus at different times. Students can attend any group and deepen friendships based on faith.
Christian Life Ministries (CLM) is an active organization on campus that intentionally shares the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed with the Concordia community. There are multiple ways students serve on the leadership team. Student Leaders handle Lighthouse, International Student Support, small group Bible Studies, Christian Life Club, and FCA.
One of the obvious characteristics of Concordia University is the Christian community. Everyone finds someone with whom they can hang out, explore, have deep conversations, and commiserate. It is common to see students gathered together at Café 1905 or on “The Green.” You will hear the same comment over and over, “At Concordia, they really care about you.” This trait sets Concordia apart as a place to belong, to be challenged, and to grow.
Concordia University is blessed to have students from many different faith backgrounds as well as no faith background at all. Affirming conversations about similarities and differences of faith add to the richness of the campus. In the Gospel of John Jesus prayed that those who would confess him as the Savior “may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”
Every year students have the opportunity for travel somewhere in the world to serve others. Weekly opportunities to serve locally include tutoring, Night Strike, and the Oregon Food Bank. Spring Break alternative trips will find students serving in places like San Francisco or Seattle. For some, an international trip to Africa, Southeast Asia or Central America provides a life-changing experience. Some mission experiences can be used for academic credit for various majors.
The Rev. Wes “Bo” Baumeister serves as the campus pastor for the students at Concordia. His pastoral experience includes serving as the campus pastor at Concordia, Nebraska, and congregations in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Wisconsin. Pastor Bo began his service in the church at several Midwest Lutheran outdoor ministry centers.
His many interests provide opportunities to connect with a wide variety of students. If students want to talk sports, theology, kayaking, fishing, hunting, music, murder mysteries, or Nebraska football they will find an eager participant.