What is Iron Sharpens Iron?

Iron Sharpens Iron, or ISI, is a student-led Christian fellowship on the tri-campus community of the University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College, and Holy Cross College, and is affiliated with Campus Ministry. The club is an interdenominational community of students who, despite their different backgrounds, have realized that God is everything, and our lives should and must be radically centered on who God is and what He’s done in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Reflecting this, ISI is named after Proverbs 27:17:

As iron sharpens iron,
so one person sharpens another. (NIV)

The differences in our community serve as catalysts for sharpening. Our focus is on the one thing which is most basic and central to the Christian faith: Jesus Christ and the story of His grace. This narrative is the central gathering point for the ISI community, just as it is for the rest of the created world. Fellowship rooted in community causes us, together and as individuals, to narrow our focus on Jesus.

ISI gathers on Thursday nights, typically featuring corporate worship, a student talk, and time for reflection and prayer. Outside of Thursday nights, ISI hosts small groups, worship nights, prayer services, and service projects in the South Bend community, and has social events like potlucks, ND game watches, and ice-skating excursions. In addition, ISI hosts a weekend retreat off campus each semester for spiritual renewal and community building. All this furthers our goal of providing Christian community, deepening students' faiths, and spreading the hope of the Gospel on campus.

What's the best way to get involved? 

The easiest way to get involved is by joining us at our weekly meetings on Thursday night from 10pm-11pm in the Coleman-Morse Lounge! To get more connected, come to Sunday Nights of Worship (SNoW) or join a small group, and if you are a first-year, make sure to come to Freshmen of God (FOG) to meet other new students!

ISI is a big community. Make connections with strangers. Be open about yourself. We're living for Christ together and we're all messy until He makes us clean.