There's more to life than — well, than any one part of life. The community life of students, staff, faculty, and families at North Park Theological Seminary includes formal and informal ways we study, worship, eat, pray, work, and play together.
Twice-weekly Seminary Chapel services bring us together to be formed by the Word of God and the sacraments. Students become an important part of leading these services, informed by many traditions and styles of worship and music. Additional Bible-reading and prayer meetings further enrich our spiritual life in community.
Every student is part of the Seminary Student Association, which serves the community through student-initiated events, services, and advocacy. The Evangelical Covenant Church and North Park encourage and support women serving in all areas of ministry — and the Women in Ministry group contributes to that end. A third group, Partners in Ministry, exists to support spouses of Seminary students (and has been around since the Seminary began in 1891).
Recreation and Health
Seminary students enrolled for more than six credit hours participate in the NPU health insurance program and can take advantage of an array of other community assets, including:
Chicago and the North Park Neighborhood
How exciting it is to live in one of the world's great cities! The social, cultural, and ministry opportunities that surround us throughout Chicago could hardly be listed — but we know that Seminary students sample and benefit from them in a thousand ways. From the world-class museums and theaters downtown (easily accessible by public transportation) and great churches throughout the city and suburbs, to the neighborhood shops and tree-lined streets of our own North Park and Albany Park neighborhood, you'll find countless places that will enrich your Seminary experience.
For students or family members seeking employment, Chicago and North Park are a great place to be. Local institutions of the Evangelical Covenant Church often have full- or part-time openings, and the city and suburbs abound with possibilities. (See the Seminary's info on employment opportunities for details.)
The safety and well-being of North Park students are of the highest priority to the University and community. The City of Chicago, and the North Park neighborhood in particular, are wonderful places to live, made even better by the University's professional security personnel, staffed by off-duty police officers from local city, suburban, and state law enforcement. Our campus is well lit, patrolled, and covered by a network of security kiosks and safety escort service.