Living Learning Floors

The Living Learning Floors at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Trinity Graduate School exist to assist students in the integration of theological reflection with practical application that meets needs for both personal growth and ministry engagement in a residential living community.

We believe that the best opportunity to learn and grow holistically occurs when theological reflection, personal development and experiential learning meet. Combining the elements of classroom learning, living experiences and a caring community, the Living Learning Floors create an intentional environment designed to engage ideas, become bravely introspective and reflective, and build into one another and the larger Trinity community.


Spiritual Formation Floor

The Spiritual Formation Floor relies upon reading Scripture together, the presence of the Holy Spirit, and the accountability of community to seek spiritual development and emotional healing in relationships with God and one another. It also engages spiritual disciplines and formation principles from the historic church to equip students with tools for a sustainable and Christ-centered spirituality.

Location: The Spiritual Formation Floor is located in the Owen’s Residence Hall (Owens 800), which is a co-ed environment.

Goals: 

  • To acquire frameworks for the engagement of the whole self in the spiritual formation process.
  • To develop personal and communal habits that facilitates spiritual formation in the life of the residents of these floors.
  • To move as a community from formation of the inner spiritual self to outward engagement with spiritual needs, desires, and gifts of the larger Trinity Community.
  • To acquire, develop, and move according to the presence and direction of the Spirit as discerned and encouraged within the life of the community.

Cost: Current housing rates

Community Involvement: Residents on the Spiritual Formation Floor meet weekly to reflectively consider scripture, spiritual disciplines, spiritual formation materials, and historical perspectives and habits for formation. A high value is placed on the ability of the community to provide formation and thoughtful reflection of one’s own formation process.

Community Benefits:

  • Up to 2 Field Ed Credits
  • Mentoring
  • Membership in a close-knit community
  • Practical engagement with classroom content immediately
  • Life in a dynamic environment
  • Dialogue partners who facilitate thoughtful integration of ideas and practical living
  • Life-long ministry partnerships and relationships

Community Commitments:

  • Weekly floor meetings
  • Participation in a local ministry either on or off campus
  • Floor retreats
  • Take a course with your other floormates

Recommended courses

Students participating in the Spiritual Formation Floor are highly recommended to consider registering for one of the following courses:

  • EM 5510 Christian Formation and Journey
  • ST 7070 Models of Sanctification

Compassion & Justice Floor

Trinity’s Compassion & Justice Living Learning Floor is proud to be the home of one of the nation’s first Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) Academic Chapters, functioning within the context of expanding mutually beneficial partnerships in Trinity’s Mosaic Ministries. Students in the chapter will participate in a unique curriculum of service learning in partnership with local leaders, including place-based learning, weekly discussions, large group events, and special training throughout the year.

More about Trinity’s relationship with CCDA.

The Compassion & Justice Floor and CCDA Academic Chapter seek to impact our local community and build students’ relationship with Christ, learning to understand his heart for social justice through Biblical and theological reflection.

Location: The Compassion & Justice Floor is located in the Owen’s Residence Hall (Owens 800), but students living off campus can be involved by committing to the requirements of the floor.

Goals

  • To critically reflect on pre-existing attitudes and assumptions about social justice.
  • To integrate this reflection with Biblical categories and paradigms for analysis and engagement with issues of social justice in the local and global church for the transformation of society.
  • To assess the role of globalization in confronting injustice and in developing churches, ministries, and practices of justice.
  • To engage our local community in under-resources neighborhoods in need through partnerships such as Faith Alive, the North Chicago community, and TIU initiatives.

Cost: Current housing rates

Community Involvement

Residents on the Compassion & Justice Floor meet weekly on Mondays from 11:00am-12:20pm with faculty, fellow students, and community members. Floor members meet weekly for a meal together and participate in local ministry on or off campus. Additionally, the floor participates in one-day retreats at the start of the Fall and Spring semesters.

Community Benefits:

  • Up to 2 Field Ed Credits
  • Mentoring
  • Membership in a close-knit community
  • Practical engagement with classroom content immediately
  • Life in a dynamic environment
  • Dialogue partners who facilitate thoughtful integration of ideas and practical living
  • Life-long ministry partnerships and relationships

Community Commitments:

  • Weekly floor meetings
  • Participation in a local ministry either on or off campus
  • Floor retreats
  • Take a course with your other floormates

Recommended Courses

Students participating in the Compassion & Justice Floor or Circle Group Leadership are highly recommended to consider registering for one of the following courses during their first time in leadership:

  • PT 7860 | Social and Cultural Exegesis
  • CO 7900 | Multicultural Counseling
  • ME 6760 | Theology of Mission & Evangelism

Additionally, students interested in this floor might also be interested in the MDiv emphasis in Compassion & Justice.


Apply Now

If you are already a student, or are accepted for the upcoming academic year,  apply now!

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the Living Learning Floors, please feel free to contact us:

Assistant Resident Director Kags Ndethiu | zcndethi@tiu.edu
Resident Director Brett Mitchell | bamitche@tiu.edu