Discipleship – Asbury University
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While discipleship is intertwined with all expressions of campus life at Asbury, we have several things we do very intentionally to give students entry points for new growth. Every discipleship moment at Asbury is a reflection of Acts 2 – being together for prayer, conversation, and encountering Scripture. When Asbury students enter these discipleship moments, they grow in holiness, stewardship, and mission.


  • Takes place weekly on the floor of every Residence Hall. Residents gather for a time of prayer, testimony, and fellowship.
  • Monday nights at 9:00 p.m.
  • If you are a commuter, please contact Bethany Simmons.

Banded Discipleship Groups

  • Gender-specific friend groups of three to five people intentionally committed to meeting weekly around Scripture, prayer and accountability questions.

Small Group

  • 6-8 week studies which focus on specific topics/books.
  • The small group leader will choose to lead a study from one of the following categories:
    • Bible study
    • Prayer
    • Practical Christian living/holiness
    • Spiritual Identity
    • Spiritual Formation
    • Social Justice

Covenant Group

  • Led by staff, faculty, seminary students or community members.
  • Covenant groups run year round and are devoted to doing life together by engaging Scripture, prayer and intentional community.
  • Each group is unique with its own identity and purpose based on the interest and need of the students.
  • Commitment to the covenant of the group is based on a common purpose, accountability, confidentiality and participation.

Spiritual Mentoring 

  • Staff, faculty, seminary students and community members comprise our list of available spiritual mentors.
  • Spiritual mentoring relationships meet face to face twice a month for either the entire academic year or a semester.
  • Mentors and mentees are paired through an application process and prayerful discernment.
  • These relationships are devoted to doing life together by engaging: Scripture, prayer, and intentional relationships.

For more information or questions regarding these discipleship opportunities, please contact Jeannie Banter, Assistant Director of Spiritual Life, 859-858-3511 ext. 2267

Leadership Opportunities:

InReach Ministries

InReach is a unique student chaplaincy program that provides intentional pastoral care on each floor/unit within the traditional Residence Halls. Known around campus as Spiritual Life Coordinators or “SLC’s” and Spiritual Life Assistants or “SLA’s,” these thirty InReach Staff members receive specialized training to assist them in fulfilling their ministry role among their peers. In all of these endeavors and throughout all of training, InReach Staff members seek to enhance the spiritual vitality of the campus through their own relationships to Jesus Christ and through relationships with others, no matter where they may find themselves on their spiritual journeys. The InReach staff application process begins mid-spring semester for the following academic year.

Spiritual Life Coordinators (SLC)

Four positions are available to juniors and seniors. The SLC’s work closely with the Coordinator of InReach Ministries and the Resident Director (RD) in their respective residence hall. Primary responsibilities are to help create an atmosphere for spiritual growth in their residence hall through encouraging and supporting the spiritual life assistants (SLAs) as they minister on their floor/unit, as well as to assist their RD in spiritual oversight and programming of their residence hall. (Scholarship position)

Spiritual Life Assistants (SLA/Hall Chaplains)

Thirty peer ministry positions are available to students wishing to partner with the Resident Assistant (RA) in developing spiritual growth opportunities for his/her own floor/unit/apartment. Responsibilities include planning the weekly Gather prayer and fellowship meetings and caregiving to the residents on their floor/unit/apartment. Commitments include attending the InReach Orientation and Training Seminar in early fall and attendance at regular worship/training events throughout the year. SLAs are supported through regular meetings with their SLC and fellow SLA’s within their residence hall.

Small Group Leader

Upperclassmen can apply to lead a Small Group comprised of both under and upperclassmen. Small groups are 6-8 week studies which focus on specific topics/books. The small group leader will choose to lead a study from one of the following categories: Bible study, prayer, practical Christian living/holiness, spiritual identity, spiritual formation, and social justice. A listed of suggested books is available from the Spiritual Life office. A small group leader does not have to lead a group for both semesters.

For more information and questions about InReach leadership opportunities or Gather, please contact Jeannie Banter, Assistant Director of Spiritual Life, (859) 858-3511, x2267.