Spiritual Formation Experience
The goal of the Spiritual Formation Experience is to provide students opportunities to deepen their commitment to God with the understanding of how that impacts every aspect of their lives. This experience aims to provide depth and dialogue in applying academic and spiritual disciplines to today’s issues, express cultural diversity through the arts and music, and inspire students to servanthood, mission, career, and fellowship through campus-wide community.
Through the Center for Spiritual Formation, several experiences are offered, on a weekly basis, to ensure that these varied objectives are met. Chapel services meet twice a week to promote corporate spirituality and affirm the Christian Faith through prayer, praise and thanksgiving, and discovering God's agenda through the declaration of His Word. Hall Chapel/Floor Worship, a student-led experience offered monthly (hall chapel)/weekly (floor worship) in the evening in residence halls, allows student leaders (Sojourners) opportunities to develop and facilitate spiritually enriching experiences for their peers. Small Groups, facilitated by volunteer faculty, staff, and local ministry leaders, meet weekly for prayer and discussions based on books of the Bible, theological topics, and contemporary issues.
The Spiritual Formation Experience is a vital component of the University's plan to impact the spiritual vitality of its community. Therefore, students are expected to attend and engage in these experiences. In signing the Community Life Agreement, each student assumes personal responsibility for his/her attendance and conduct. Attendance is regularly reported to the dean of spiritual life. Failure to meet attendance expectations may lead to penalties that include community service, assessment of a fine, or denial for continued University enrollment for a semester.