Planning a Department Chapel

Department chapels are designed and led by faculty for students in their major, creating space for faculty and students to engage with God together over a topic, issue, or concern that the faculty have discerned students in their academic area most need. Department Chapels are primarily characterized by a time of prayer, worship and fellowship - bringing the theme/material of the chapel directly to God in prayer.

Department chapels are an opportunity for you as faculty to:

  • Discuss and discern the particular needs of your students as you plan the chapel.
  • Make connections between the skills and content of your program and the spiritual implications of these for your students.
  • Deepen the spiritual friendships among the students and staff in your departments.
  • Mentor through faculty stories about their own spiritual lives (successes and failures).
  • Help students discern their vocations in light of God's general and specific callings.

Checklist for Chapel Planning:

  1. Reserve your space, unless you already have a classroom that you can use
    1. Go to 25-Live Campus Space Reservation System
    2. You will need to have your Organization and Fund number in order to reserve a space. If you need to request any special set-up from facilities services, you will be responsible for any additional costs that you incur.
  2. Chapel Credit
    1. Departments can offer up to 3 chapels for credit a semester!
    2. Email Chapel Accountability (chapel.accountability@biola.edu) the following information at least 1 week prior to your chapelso that we can facilitate credit and publicize it on our website:
      1. Theme
      2. Date
      3. Time
      4. Location
      5. Confirmation that your department has confirmed facility and technical support availability with Campus Coordination.
    3. A confirmation email will be sent once your proposed department chapel has been approved.
    4. Please ensure that all communication about this Department Chapel uses the language [Academic Major] Department Chapel:
      1. If your Faculty has initiated co-planning the Department Chapel with another campus organization, advertising (print, email, web) must include the following language: [Academic Major] Department Chapel, in partnership with [Campus Organization]
    5. To ensure your students get credit for chapel attendance:
      1. You and your staff/students will be responsible for “scanning” students for credit using our chapel scanners. Please collect the chapel scanner from the Student Services building BEFORE your event. (Our offices are open 8am-4pm.)
      2. ALL CHAPEL SCANNERS MUST BE RETURNED IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING ALL EVENTS!
      3. If your chapel ends after 4:30pm, please call Campus Safety to let you into Student Services so you can drop off the scanners.
  3. Chapel Planning Considerations
    We don’t want to be too prescriptive about what a Department Chapel entails, but here are a few guidelines
    1. A Department Chapel would not be a time dominated by
      1. Curricular Lecture (e.g., visiting lecturer on the integration of psychology and Christianity)
      2. Awareness or promotion of particular ministries or clubs on campus.
      3. Academic or informational orientation or meetings
      4. Awards ceremonies
      5. Academic advising
    2. A Department Chapels would be characterized by being chiefly a Godward time that has as its end (telos), center, or destination a group interaction with—or enjoyment, knowledge, and worship of—God. This could be facilitated by a number of things:
      1. Personal and vocational testimonies and stories from faculty, staff and students that serve to mentor others in the life of faith.
      2. Teaching from the Word or from wisdom, including wisdom from the discipline that connects with or expands upon the truths and commands of scripture.
      3. Ministry to one another in prayer, encouragement, fellowship.
      4. Musical and non-musical worship.
      5. Discussion of and reflection on readings or media that turn bring those present into a deeper knowledge and awareness of God.
    3. Consider your target audience. What God is doing in their lives? How is God working and moving? What are they bringing with them to your chapel? What are their felt and actual needs? How could you minister to, equip, and teach them during this time?
    4. Consider and determine your outcomes for this chapel.
    5. Todd Pickett, Lisa igram, Lisa Ishihara, or any member of our Spiritual Development staff would be happy to brainstorm with you as you consider what you’d like your department chapels to look like.
  4. We hope that you will enjoy this time with your students. Blessings to you as you worship together!
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March 21, 2017
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