PLNU’s campus is a welcoming space for students from several diverse church backgrounds who are committed to serving God and their neighbors with genuine compassion, generosity, and humility. No matter where you are on your faith journey, there are many opportunities available to you at PLNU, to support you along your spiritual path.
Alpha and Discipleship Groups
As a freshman, you’re invited to join an Alpha Group led by an upperclassman, which provides the opportunity to meet new friends and form a sense of community. More than 75 percent of incoming freshmen join an Alpha Group. After freshman year, you can join a Discipleship Group (D-group). D-groups meet in residence halls and are led by fellow students. You can also serve as an Alpha Group or D-group leader as an upperclassman.
Getting Plugged In
Getting involved in one of the many ministries offered at PLNU is an integral aspect of living out your faith. The Office of Student Life and Formation can help you find a service activity that fits your passions and skills and a local church to join, and keep you updated on the many faith opportunities available on campus.
Several times a year, you’ll have the chance to get off campus, reflect, and develop and deepen friendships at PLNU’s women’s or men’s retreats.
Mentorship can provide you with strength, encouragement, and guidance as you develop your spiritual life. Starting your sophomore year, we invite you to be paired with an upperclassman mentor. As an upperclassman, you can be paired with a PLNU professor, staff member, or friend of the university, and you can also give back by serving as a mentor for a sophomore.
The Way Wilderness Orientation
The Way Wilderness Orientation is for incoming freshmen and transfer students. It allows you to embark on a weeklong wilderness excursion off campus to form new relationships, consider the role God has for you in your new community, and gain a new and widened perspective on life as you begin your journey at PLNU.