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The Department of Spiritual Life supports the entire student body by providing opportunities for spiritual leadership and discipleship, holding weekly worship services, offering global and local outreach ministry opportunities and facilitating weekly small group Bible studies. The Spiritual Life staff helps the Grand Canyon University (GCU) community grow in a personal relationship with God through an active faith in Jesus Christ.

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Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Spiritual Life is to serve the GCU community from a Christian perspective. Spiritual Life carries out this mission as staff develop and train student leaders to minister to the university, local and global communities. 

Our Vision

  • We will teach the Word of God
  • We will train student leaders to mobilize the GCU student body to serve diverse communities
  • We will foster a culture of student-led ministry
  • We will prepare student worship team to lead the GCU community in praise and worship

Pastor’s Message

Pastor Tim Griffin is GCU's dean of students and university pastor. You can see Pastor Tim all around campus, from Chapel services to basketball games.

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Prayer Requests

GCU Spiritual Life and/or our staff chaplain would love to pray for you! Please click the appropriate button below to send your prayer request.

Chapel and The Gathering

GCU desires to come alongside you as you navigate through the college experience. Whether you are here for one semester or four years, our hope is to provide opportunities for you to explore who Jesus is, grow in a relationship with Him and ultimately become a co-laborer with Christ.

GCU offers weekly Chapel and The Gathering services where staff, faculty and students come together to worship, hear God's Word and connect with one another.

Watch Chapel Live

Unable to make it to Chapel? Stream it live on Mondays, starting at 11:15 am. Hear uplifting music from the worship team, feel inspiration from the weekly speakers and connect with God during these weekly services.

Stream Chapel

2019 Chapel Dates and Times coming soon!

GCU Worship Team

The GCU Worship Team is comprised of students with tremendous musical ability and a passion to serve God with their talents. GCU currently has three student bands that lead our campus in worship at Chapel and The Gathering services.

Like our Life Leader and outreach scholarships, Worship Team scholarship applications are posted in December for current traditional students. If you are interested, or if you want to learn more, contact the Department of Spiritual Life at 602-639-6750 or

Life Groups

GCU offers weekly student-led small groups called Life Groups in every living area. A Life Group offers a place for you to form relationships, build community and grow spiritually as you study the Bible with other students.

The Life Group program is overseen by GCU staff who train and support student leaders, called Life Leaders, to facilitate small groups. Life Leaders teach and lead their Life Groups, and are available for prayer, spiritual counsel and support.

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The mission of Life Groups is to develop Christian leaders and teach the Bible to the GCU community. This is accomplished through one-on-one mentoring and student-led small group Bible studies. Our vision is to see you come to a greater knowledge of Christ, living sacrificially to further His Kingdom.

Life Leader Values

Life Leaders hold these values as foundational for accomplishing our mission:

  • Preparation - Prioritizing personal study and devotional time, ongoing education and leadership training
  • Christian Community - Exhibiting the fruits of the Spirit, local church involvement and integration with other leadership groups on campus
  • Stewardship - Honoring God by how we manage our material and non-material resources
  • Consistency - Keeping commitments and following through

Interest Form
Interested in joining a Life Group? Fill out this form and someone will contact you with more information.

Student Ministries Small Group Schedule:

Life Groups
Student-led bible studies that take place in residence halls on campus.

Community Groups
Student-led coed bible studies that take place in the on campus apartments.

Commuter Life Groups
Student-led bible studies that are made available for students who do not live on campus.

Find your Life Leader Group Schedule by Hall:

GCU Hope

Welcome to GCU Hope. We hope these videos and passages provide spiritual direction and encouragement for you. GCU Hope gives you the ability to view various mini messages for daily inspiration and provides resources to connect you with the GCU community. Utilize this support system to find resources, share your story or submit a prayer request.

Passages of Comfort

Read through passages that help comfort you during times of anger, anxiety, sorrow or doubt. Browse through our YouTube Channel to listen to Pastor Tim speak on each topic.

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Share Your Story

Would you like to share your own inspirational story? Send your written or video story to

Trending Faith

Have questions about a passage in Scripture? Want to know the Christian view on a certain subject? Ask Pastor Tim Griffin and College of Theology Dean Jason Hiles. Every week, they answer a new question from the GCU community. Get involved by using #TrendingFaith or by emailing your questions to

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Doctrinal Statement

GCU's Doctrinal Statement is the foundation for all that we believe in the Department of Spiritual Life and across our campus community. Inspired by the Nicene Creed, the Doctrinal Statement outlines our commitment to the full inspiration of Scripture and its authority as God's word.

Read our Doctrinal Statement

Faith, Learning and Work

At GCU, we are committed to upholding our Christian mission in all we do. The integration of faith, learning and work is the scholarly process of joining knowledge of God with learning and work in order to promote a greater understanding of our world. 

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Local Outreach

The GCU Department of Spiritual Life offers numerous opportunities to participate in Local Outreach programs, from Serve the City to Canyon Kids. These projects allow you to minister and give back to your local neighborhood and community, making the area around GCU a better place while providing you the opportunity to live out the gospel.

Stop by the Office of Spiritual Life in Building 26 to get started.

Global Outreach

Global Outreach offers you the opportunity to experience God's heart for the nations. Global mission trips represent the chance to join a team and go to a variety of locations overseas. You can also engage in global ministry throughout the school year in Global Outreach groups and globally focused ministries.

Interested in learning more about global outreach and applying for mission trips? Contact us to learn more.

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Mission Trips

Students interested in mission trips may apply directly through missions organizations or churches and follow their procedures (deadlines, trainings, policies, etc.).

The Narrow Path

In May 2014, several GCU students traveled to Honduras on one of our global outreach trips. Their mission? To help bring hope and spread the word of God to the people of Honduras. During their three-week mission, these young women taught in elementary school classrooms, visited a local children's home, spent time with the women and children in the villages and held Bible studies in the women's prison.

We invite you to take the journey with our students on the Narrow Path as they immerse themselves in the beautiful culture of Honduras. Begin your journey by watching the trailer for The Narrow Path: Honduras.

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