Information for Pastors and Churches
As a distinctively Christian university of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), North Park University seeks to be of service to pastors and members of Covenant churches as well as to the broader Church community. The ECC's Covenant Affirmations may be helpful in understanding the Christian identity of North Park University.
While the Christian faith is presented for consideration to every student, in the spirit of our founding denomination, we are also respectful toward students of other faiths. We work to create a safe environment for the exploration and discussion of life’s great questions, and one that allows students to learn about and deal thoughtfully with the beliefs and convictions of others. A variety of campus events and lectures, a vibrant University Ministries program, and many other opportunities encourage students’ personal growth and development.
We invite you to visit campus to attend an event or learn more about our students, faculty, and staff.
As pastors you have a unique connection with students looking at colleges and universities, discerning their next steps in life. If you have students that would benefit from a North Park education, please tell us about them!
VIVE is a dynamic program of college-prep events for underrepresented (and typically urban) students in grades 7 through 12. VIVE’s mission is to encourage and prepare these young students to choose a college education.
North Park Theological Seminary is the theological training school for the Evangelical Covenant Church, offering four distinct master's degrees, a dual-degree program with the School of Business and Nonprofit Management, and a doctor of ministry in preaching degree through the Association of Chicago Theological Schools.
Special tuition grants are available to undergraduate students who are either active participants in a congregation of the Evangelical Covenant Church or legal dependents of Covenant clergy.
Churches are invited to participate in our Church Matching Grant (formerly "Partners In Education" or PIE) program. North Park will match a church grant or scholarship given to North Park in the name of an undergraduate or seminary student up to $500 per academic year ($1,500 per academic year, over three semesters for seminary students).
As you seek to lead your ministry most effectively, consider North Park's online certificate programs, which have been designed for working professionals who want practical ideas they can implement immediately. We've prepared a list of seven certificates that can be completed entirely online — perfect for pastors, administrative staff, and church and ministry leaders of all kinds.