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Vocare: Find Your Place

Vocare: Find Your Place is a Northwestern College project funded by a $2.5 million grant from the Lilly Endowment. “Vocare” is a Latin verb that means “to call” and communicates specifically a call from God. The many initiatives of Vocare, which began in 2002, all have as their common goal helping Northwestern students discover and then commit to their calling—not just in a career, but also in their families, churches, communities and cultures. Vocare seeks to help students better integrate their academic, spiritual and co-curricular learning and experiences while at Northwestern. It also seeks to help students see how wisdom gained from that integration can guide their decision-making as they prepare to use their gifts to meet the world’s needs. Vocare seeks to connect:

Northwestern’s curriculumwithStudents’ need to learn about and discover vocation and calling
StudentswithFaculty and staff mentors who have grown in their own understanding of vocation
Inexperienced studentswithDiverse cultures where they can gain intercultural experience
Campus community memberswithDiscovering vocation through learning about self, spirituality, career choices, and other people and cultures
Students exploring ministrywithTeaching churches and para-church organizations where they can intern and be mentored
Students called to ministrywithSeminaries

Some Vocare initiatives benefit the entire campus community by incorporating a focus on discerning and discovering one’s calling into courses, chapel, study abroad programming, co-curricular offerings and more.

Other Vocare initiatives enable individuals or groups of Northwestern College community members—faculty, staff and students—to apply for funds that enable them to explore their own callings and help others to do the same.

For students, faculty and staff
Vocare initiatives
Vocare initiative funding opportunities
Guidelines for students, faculty and staff submitting proposals for funding
Campus ministry
Calling and vocation
Discipleship ministry
Community ministry
Mission House
Global ministry
Other links
For current students
Dave Nonnemacher
Director of the Lilly Grant/Director of Experiential Learning
Northwestern College
101 7th St. SW
Orange City, IA

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