Why Five Chapters?

Northwestern InterVarsity is kind of like a choir. The members of a choir make up sections such as sopranos, tenors, altos, etc. For the voices to unite in harmony, each section needs time and space to work on their part so they are confident in what they contribute to the whole. In the same way, a truly reconciled multi-ethnic community requires that people from different backgrounds are confident in their identity and know what cultural gifts they bring when everyone gathers together. In order to cater to the needs of different groups on campus, we have five different chapters that come together at strategic points throughout the school year.  The apostle John writes in Revelation 7:

“After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb…and they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”

In heaven, our ethnicity, language and identity matter! We seek to create a multi-ethnic community on campus that points to what heaven will be like, and we do that through helping all of our students learn how their faith integrates with their background and ethnicity. Watch these videos for a fuller description of why we structure our ministry this way.


Ethnicity Matters from InterVarsity twentyonehundred on Vimeo.