“And it appears to me that…[Dartmouth College] is an institution more entirely of a religious nature, than other seminaries in the land, as by the very constitution of it, real religion, or at least, a solemn, and credible profession of a full purpose of heart…without reserve to devote themselves to the service and glory of the Redeemer in the world.”
~Eleazar Wheelock, 1772
Founder of Dartmouth College
As a Dartmouth Student at CRC, you will find:
- A unique Gospel-driven vision
- Ways to connect with a diverse cross-section of people from the greater Hanover area
- Ways to serve others in the church and in the community
- Ways to study the Christian faith
- Ways to grow in leadership in the context of a local church
- Tons of other students
CRC‘s Relationship to Campus
CRC has a strong connection with the various ministries on campus – Agape, Navs, FCA, Cru, Christian Union, etc. Relative to students, CRC works to be a bridge to life outside the campus setting. Our desire is to be a church where one can come in and be a part of a diverse community of believers and families that are seeking to serve and advance his kingdom in the warp and woof of everyday life.
Occasionally we ask students to share about their experience at CRC during their time at Dartmouth. You can listen to a recent reflection given by Zach Schmidt, Dartmouth class of 2016, by clicking here or a reflection given by Amy Schuman, Dartmouth Class of 2012, by clicking here.
Connecting to the Community of Believers
Faithfulness to Christ over the long haul requires that you are able to connect with believers who are different than you. You are welcome and encouraged to come in, serve and be a part of the diverse body at CRC.
Community groups, CRC‘s small group ministry, are an ideal point of connection for students. We recognize that most students have many opportunities for small group involvement on campus. Nonetheless, we encourage students to join our Community Groups. Why? CRC small groups are intentionally diverse and focus on service, outreach, Bible study, prayer, and being in community with one another. Each group is led by a trained leader that receives on going support. Therefore, they are a great way to develop substantive relationships with those that are off campus.
Service Opportunities at CRC
At CRC we value working together and serving one another. One of the ways that we express this value on Sunday mornings is that “the work” is not left merely to the “experts”, but all are invited and encouraged to participate.
The chief way that we do this is through our “Master Service Schedule.” If you have communicated to us that CRC is your church home (usually, by requesting to be on our address list), we try to find a place for you on the team (e.g. Sunday School, greeting, nursery, set up, music, etc.). Sometimes, students will communicate specific areas that they would prefer to work in, and we always do our best to honor that.
Studying Christian Theology and Church History
For many years, Pastor Don Willeman has taught a “CRC Church History Class” a couple of times a year. We believe it is important for students to learn and grow in faith alongside their traditional academic skills. Out of this church history class and other informal classes taught by Christian professors and campus ministers, The Waterman Institute has arisen. It aims to provide an environment for honest exploration for Christian thought and values. Find out more about discussion groups and classes on the website.
Mentoring/Apprenticing/Leadership Development Opportunities
CRC wants to help raise the standard of leadership development for students. Therefore, for those that are interested, we offer a growing program of apprenticeship opportunities. These programs involve opportunities for theological/biblical development, increased service opportunities and personal mentoring. Some have even served as an adjunct elder or deacon for a limited period of time.
For most students the entry point for this mentoring is our “CRC Church History Class” that runs periodically. If you are interested in this, please contact Pastor Don Willeman. Another great place to start is the Introduction to CRC Class that meets about two times a year.