Hall chaplain requirements


  • Be at least a sophomore in college.
  • Active involvement in campus ministries at Bluffton
  • Show evidence of a committed Christian lifestyle
  • Have a willingness to be discipled and a desire to disciple others in the Christian life.



  • Maintain a consistent and growing personal relationship with Jesus Christ and through the regular practice of spiritual disciplines.
  • Serve as a healthy example of the Christian life to your residents and to the Bluffton University community.
  • Build relationships with students on your floor/hall and serve as a source of support and encouragement to them in their relationship with God and their relationships with others.  
  • Provide peer spiritual counseling to students, referring to student life staff as appropriate.   
  • Work particularly closely with first year students to support them in their adjustment to college and connect them with spiritual growth opportunities.
  • Promote various campus ministry events and activities to residents in your hall.
  • Give leadership (either individually or with other hall chaplains) to activities that promote spiritual growth on your floor, hall or campus, based on your gifts and passions and the needs of your fellow students.   
  • Attend weekly Chapel services, and also participate in other campus ministry activities as you are able.  
  • Be actively involved in residence hall activities, and serve as a resource and encouragement to your resident advisor and other residence hall staff.
  • Participate fully as a member of the student leadership development program (LDP).



  • The hall chaplain will be supervised by and report directly to the campus pastor. The pastoral assistants also provide peer supervision and support.
  • The hall chaplains meet twice monthly as a team, alternating between a worship/fellowship focus and an equipping for ministry focus.  Small groups might also be incorporated in these meetings.
  • The hall chaplain will meet individually for a 1/1 with the campus pastor at least twice per semester.  
  • The hall chaplain will meet with a spiritual mentor of their choosing bi-weekly for spiritual encouragement and accountability.  The mentor can be: a fellow student, a pastoral assistant, a faculty/staff member, or a local church or community member.

Work-Study Arrangements:

  • The position will involve the equivalent of a four hour-a-week campus job. You are also allowed to have other campus jobs in addition to the hall chaplain position.
  • Residence hall chaplains will go through an application process established by the campus pastor.