CHAPLAINCY SERVICES

 

 

The Chaplain provides Ecumenical and Spiritual Life to the University community, with the assumption that the students are already members of churches which will continue to nurture their spiritual life through on-campus worship groups or structures.

The Chaplain also facilitates the following activities on campus:

Starting a Cell Group – The chaplain will not facilitate the starting of new churches, but the formation of cell groups through which churches with registered offices in Zimbabwe will be allowed to operate on campus.
Conducting Meetings on campus – Meetings are to be held during lunch times or after all lectures of the day have ended. Permission should be sought from the NUST administration through the Chaplain’s office, before outside groups are invited to participate in meetings on Campus.

Outreach Programmes – A Cell Group desiring to travel on an outreach programme should submit an application form a month before the trip for approval, to make necessary travel arrangement. The Chaplain works closely with the Students Representative Council in such student related trips.

Student Welfare Fund – The Chaplaincy mobilizes resources for the underprivileged students’ education and welfare.
Giving Meaning to Life on Campus – The Chaplaincy offers spiritual counselling and advisory services to the student body and to members of staff. It provides a link between the University and the generality of the religious community. The Chaplain organizes the University choir and assigns it appropriate roles in University and community activities.

Compassion and Hospitality – The Chaplaincy visits hospitalised students and members of staff as well as those that are bereaved and in need of spiritual counsel and conveys condolence messages on behalf of the University to bereaved families of staff and students. The Chaplain is expected to conduct funeral wake services for deceased students and/or staff members in liaison with their families and in line with their faith based religion/church. In all such cases, the Chaplain is a representative of the University.

Construction of the University Chapel – Because there is currently no chapel no University Chapel a place permanently designated for worship on campus, the Chaplain is mandated to mobilize resources for the future construction of the University Chapel. In the meantime, students are encouraged to use the sports grounds for any worship meetings on campus.

International Students Liaison – The office of the Chaplain oversees the welfare of all international students and makes sure they are smoothly integrated into the NUST Community.