We’re glad you’re considering Illinois! We love the U of I and have found that it is a great place to grow in faith and we would love to have you journey with us! In InterVarsity, you’ll be encouraged to make your faith your own, develop as a Christian leader, experience genuine community, and join in our mission to reach our campus.
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Visiting U of I?
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If you will be making a campus visit to U of I, one of our staff or students would love to meet with you to tell you more about InterVarsity. Just fill out this form to let us know when you will be here and a chapter staff will get in touch with you.
Attending U of I in the fall?
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Fill out this form and one of our students will visit you when you move to campus in August.
What We Do
Each chapter gathers weekly for worship and teaching, and to hang out with friends and have a great time.
IV students meet in groups of about 8 to study the Bible together, build friendships, pray, and live out Jesus’ mission to U of I together. Small groups meet in almost every dorm and some Greek houses and apartments.
InterVarsity runs on student leadership, and leaders need training to be effective. Every year we look forward to chapter retreats, weekend training conferences, spring break evangelism and urban ministry trips, our post-finals training retreat week in May, and (every three years) the Urbana Student Mission Convention.
InterVarsity focuses our witnessing outreach on “Groups Investigating God” (GIGs), which are Bible studies for non-Christians, led by a Christian friend.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is University of Illinois a place my faith can survive?
What does InterVarsity do for fun?
Lots. Besides occasional organized activities, there is all the hang out time with the people who live near you. The best fun and memories come from shared experiences with people you know well, and just enjoying life together. In InterVarsity you’ll connect closely with a handful of people in your small group, and hang out with all of the IV people in your dorm.
Are students serious about their faith?
Where do you meet on campus?
Small Group Bible studies meet throughout campus, in your dorm or near where you live.
For whole chapter meetings, IllinoisIV meets in a lecture hall or other campus building.
Graduate Christian Fellowship meets in the Illini Union.
Who are the InterVarsity staff?
I’m fellowship shopping. What’s great about IV?
Staff train, coach and support students leading their peers in ministry, worship, planning, and the rest. This is a huge source of growth during your time here at U of I.
Fun, interactive, student-led discovery discussion. We work hard to lead engaging Bible studies that get to the heart of the passage, and get the passage to our hearts. Once you try it, you’ll never go back. And you can keep pressing in with ongoing training in inductive Bible study at pretty much any InterVarsity conference.
We love to introduce non-Christians to Jesus, especially by introducing them to the gospels. We’ve found that non-Christians feel respected and empowered, as they discover Jesus for themselves, and intrigued as they see that Jesus isn’t who they thought he was. As they spend time with the Christian community and learn more, they can move at their pace, asking questions, getting answers, and doing the necessary soul-searching.
IV is probably the most racially diverse organization on campus, religious or secular. We come from many different backgrounds, and we can learn more about God from each other than we could separately. We get to experience the joy of worshipping in diverse community, and learn how the gospel informs our understanding of race and justice.
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