Minstry Recruitment Day TM 09Maranatha students mobilize for ministry every semester through local churches, ministry teams, and individual initiatives. Societies also provide a vehicle for community service, outreach, and volunteer work. The Global Encounters program sends students around the world to spread the gospel every summer. MBU students know they are a witness wherever they go--school, workplace, or anywhere in the community. The University provides its students many opportunities for leadership, ministry, and evangelism.

Local Churches

Maranatha has no "campus church." Instead, students are required to attend a local church, and they actively minister in more than 70 churches in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Each semester, students choose a local church and are encouraged to commit to ministering there for the duration of the semester. However, many students choose to remain at the same church for their entire college career. Lasting relationships are built as local church families "adopt" students while they are away from home.

Community Outreach

Many students are active in community service projects in the Watertown area. Recent student-led initiatives have included a city-wide teen rally, cookout for city police and firemen, free youth basketball clinics and tournaments, a community carnival at an elementary school, and becoming "lunch buddies" through Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

Outreach isn't limited to Watertown. Some students volunteer as tutors at Milwaukee Rescue Mission and at an area women's shelter. Others spend Friday nights distributing Christian literature and sharing the gospel at Madison's busy State Street shopping and restaurant district. Groups of students have established Bible studies at UW-Milwaukee and performed Christmas carols at UW-Madison residence halls.


Maranatha views chapel as an integral part of the educational process and requires students to attend chapel sessions on Monday through Friday, from 9:15 to 10:00 a.m. Students enjoy hearing from Bible faculty and special speakers in this context. Society, student body, department, and workshop chapels also provide a nice change to the normal chapel schedule.

Daily chapel messages are archived. You may subscribe to our sermon podcast in RSS or iTunes. Many of the most recent sermons are posted below, but you may also visit our channel on SermonAudio to see more.