College life presents unique challenges to living a faithful life. As an institution connected to the United Methodist Church, SMC encourages students to struggle with and grow in their faith, both intellectually and spiritually. In the classroom, you will be challenged to explore the views of others whose faith traditions may not be like yours. At the same time, you are invited to participate in various campus ministry activities that will help you grow spiritually. In the words of John and Charles Wesley, founders of what is now the Untied Methodist Church, we strive “to unite the two so long disjoined, knowledge and vital piety.”
The foundation of our campus ministry program is worship. SMC offers weekly Chapel services that are designed to expose participants to various worship styles. Students are encouraged to assist in the leading of these worship serves, sharing the gifts they have been given to make the services more meaningful to the gathered community.
SMC offers a wide variety of Bible studies and fellowship opportunities. Currently, we are fortunate to have denominational campus ministries and parachurch organizations to assist students in their spiritual growth. By joining together with other students in these small groups, students can learn from one another how to live faithfully on a college campus.
Students will also be challenged to be that hands and feet of Christ through service to those in need. Each year, the SMC Service Challenge recognizes those faculty, staff, and students who have contributeD 20 or more hours of community service or civic engagement. SMC provides many opportunities for group or individual service. Students are encouraged to join with other students to serve through Kappa Sigma Alpha (SMC’s co-ed student-led service fraternity). There will also be special opportunities to serve throughout the year, including Alternative Fall and Spring Break experiences. If you have a particular area in which you would like to focus your service and need assistance in finding a place, contact the Chaplain.
From its beginning, the people called Methodist have valued enriching both mind and spirit. The United Methodist Church is the only church to be founded on a university campus. In the spirit of their founders, United Methodists have established over 100 colleges and universities in the United States, including American University, Duke, Emory, Southern Methodist University, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, and Wofford College. SMC is in good company!
SMC is approved by The University Senate of The United Methodist Church.
Religious Organizations at SMC
Baptist Collegiate Ministry
offers men’s and women’s small groups focusing on Bible study and discipleship, as well as an opportunity to join with students from the other Spartanburg colleges and universities for worship on the campus of USC Upstate on Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. VISIT THE BCM WEBSITE
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
offers Bible study, special programs, and times of fellowship for intercollegiate and intramural athletes (and even non-athletes).
is a collegiate ministry of the Presbyterian Church (USA). SMC students are invited to join with students from the other colleges and universities in town for food, study, and worship at Second Presbyterian Church (across from the main entrance of Wofford College) on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. VISIT THE UKIRK WEBSITE
provides Bible study, fellowship, and one on one mentoring to assist students on their faith journey. Meets on Tuesday nights @ 6:30 PM in the Fireplace Room (beside the Dining Hall) for a small group Bible study. VISIT THE UPSTATE CRU WEBSITE
SMC Gospel Choir
The SMC Gospel Choir, under the direction of Mr. Steven Jeter, Director of Tutoring Services, is open to all students who enjoy singing and fellowship. They perform at Chapel services and for various on and off campus events.
meets on Monday evenings at 5:00 in the Chapel for food and fellowship.
Contact The Rev. Dr. Candice Sloan, SMC Chaplain, via email or 864-587-4282.