Chapel


  • Chapel Schedule
  • Chapel Policies
  • Life Groups

The Chapel/Convocation program at LeTourneau University is designed to complement the total educational experience by integrating spiritual growth concurrent to one's intellectual and emotional development. Through a variety of programming including guest and faculty speakers, music and drama programs, and student-led services, an environment is provided which enhances fellowship and worship while encouraging one's growth in relationship with God. Chapel/Convocation gatherings are also times where the LeTourneau Community assembles to experience the worship of other cultures, to celebrate our community victories and mourn our community losses. Sometimes we gather to do important family business and hear family news relevant to the campus community.

Chapel/Convocation services are held in the Belcher Center Monday, Wednesday, and Fridayof each week from 10:50 to 11:30 a.m.

Additional evening chapel services are held during Spiritual Emphasis Week in the fall, and Missions Emphasis Week and Family Life Week in the spring and at other times throughout the year.

Services are free and open to the public.

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FALL 2018 CHAPEL SCHEDULE

August 20: Dr. Dale Lunsford, President, LETU, Convocation
August 22: Dr. Patrick Mays, Campus Pastor
August 24: Flame, Hip-Hop Artist
August 27: Gideon Ajagbe, Student Pastor, New Beginnings Baptist Church, Gilmer, TX
August 29: LSM & Student Government Tête-à-tête
August 31: Academic Chapel

SPIRITUAL EMPHASIS WEEK—The Soul of Technology
September 3: Theology Faculty
September 4: Spiritual Formation Forum
September 5: Theology Faculty
September 6: Spiritual Formation Forum
September 7: Theology Faculty

September 10: Life Group
September 12: Dr. Melanie Roudkovski, Vice President of Global Operations, LETU
September 14: Praise and Worship
September 17: Dr. Terry Zeitlow, Vice President for Development, LETU
September 19: Shelley Kral, Associate Pastor, Longview (TX) Evangelical Presbyterian Church
September 21: Dr. Stan Coppinger, Professor of English, LETU
September 24: Dr. Renate Hood, Professor of Christian Studies, Mary-Hardin Baylor University
September 26: Life Group
September 28: Bryan Loritts, Pastor, Abundant Life Church, Silicon Valley, CA, ALL-CAMPUS CHAPEL

October 1: Academic Chapel
October 3: LSM Spring Break Mission Trips Roll-Out
October 5: Alumni Chapel

JUSTICE WEEK
October 8: Abe George, International Justice Mission, ALL-CAMPUS CHAPEL
October 10: For the Silent

October 12: Life Group

FALL BREAK

October 17: Global Service Learning
October 19: Dr. Stew and Mrs. Shelli Grant, Pastor of Marriage and Family Ministries, The Woodlands United Methodist Church, The Woodlands, TX
October 19-20: COUPLES RETREAT, Dr. Stew and Mrs. Shelli Grant, Pastor of Marriage and Family Ministries, The Woodlands United Methodist Church, The Woodlands, TX
October 22: Life Group
October 24: Drakeford, Musical Artist
October 24: An Evening with Drakeford (Speer Chapel, 7:30pm)
October 26: Dr. Deena Shelton, Director of Career Services, LETU
October 29: Academic Chapel
October 31: Dr. Stephen Garrett, Global Scholars

November 2: Praise and Worship
November 4: Revive
November 5: Life Group
November 7: Pat Bertsche, President, Matrix Design, Chair of LETU Board of Trustees, FOUNDERS DAY, ALL-CAMPUS CHAPEL
November 9: TBA
November 12: Maj. Gen. (ret) Craig Olson, Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, LETU
November 12: LeTourneau Singers Thanksgiving Service
November 14: Vance Freeman, Lawyer and Entrepreneur
November 16: Life Group
November 19: LETU Jazz Band

THANKSGIVING BREAK

November 26: Life Group
November 28: Advent Lessons and Carols, ALL-CAMPUS CHAPEL
November 30: Carol Sing and Hot Chocolate, Belcher Lobby

The Spiritual Formation program at LeTourneau University is designed to complement the total educational experience by integrating spiritual growth concurrent to one's social, intellectual and emotional development.

Through a variety of chapel programming, including guest and faculty speakers, music and drama programs, and student-led services, an environment is provided which enhances fellowship and worship while encouraging one's growth in relationship with God. Chapel gatherings are also times where the LeTourneau Community assembles to experience the worship of other cultures, to celebrate our community victories, and to mourn our community losses. Sometimes we gather to do important family business and hear family news relevant to the campus community. Chapel services are typically held in the Belcher Chapel and Performance Center Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of each week from 10:50 to 11:30 am. Additional Tuesday, Thursday, or evening chapel services are held at various times throughout the year, including Spiritual Emphasis Week in the fall and Missions Emphasis Week and Family Life Week in the spring.

There are a variety of other Spiritual Formation opportunities through Life Groups, LeTourneau Student Ministries (LSM) and Spiritual Life Assistants(SLA) to help you grow in your relationship with God, other believers and the world. Students are also encouraged to find ways to serve in the community and the local church as a part of their spiritual formation.

The Spiritual Formation requirements per semester for each classification are as follows:

Spiritual Formation Credits (SFCs) Required Credits available from the following options:
Chapel Services Life Groups Other Spiritual Growth Opportunities
Freshmen (1-29 hours) 38 At least 26 Up to 7 Up to 6
Sophomores (30-59 hours) 38 At least 22 Up to 8 Up to 8
Juniors (60-89 hours) 38 At least 14 Up to 10 Up to 14
Seniors (90-120 hours) 38 At least 6 Up to 12 Up to 20

All students may simply attend 38 chapels if they desire. The following outlines examples of other spiritual growth opportunities that students may pursue. Additional options will be considered on a case by case basis. Spiritual Formation Credits are given per occurrence and are not necessarily based on the amount of time spent. Any questions should be directed to (and all final decisions about credit rest with) the Campus Pastor and should be addressed before 'credit' is sought.

  • Appropriate service to the local church and/or community (AWANA, worship leaders, youth leader, Sunday school teacher, Chaplain Intern Service Projects) = typically 1 SFC per occurrence
  • Fall or Spring Prison Ministry = typically 5 SFCs
  • One-week LSM missions trips (spring break, summer, or winter) = up to 10 SFCs
  • Various other spiritual retreats and conferences deemed appropriate by the Spiritual Life Department (Passion, Marriage and Relationship Enrichment, Urbana...)
  • Seniors may also elect to do a Spiritual Formation reflection paper which will be granted 1 - 10 SFCs depending on quality and evaluation according to the assessment rubric.

We recognize that none of these activities guarantees Spiritual Formation in any way. That only happens when our hearts and souls are open to the moving and working of the Holy Spirit, the Word of God and the Body of Christ in our lives. It is our hope that through being involved in the above spiritual formation activities, that every student will actively pursue God, and His church, grow in Him, and find their place in His body.

GUIDELINES CONCERNING CHAPEL

SPIRITUAL FORMATION CREDIT REQUIREMENTS

  • All degree-seeking residential LeTourneau students (living on or off campus) enrolled in twelve (12) or more credit hours and all student-athletes (residential and global) are required to attain 38 Spiritual Formation Credits (SFC)s each semester.
  • Because Chapel is a unique and significant gathering of our campus community, all degree-seeking students are required to attend a specified number of corporate chapel programs in person.
  • Other Spiritual Formation Credit options are described above.
  • Chapel Make-ups will only be allowed under certain circumstances (see below).
  • The only students wholly exempt from Spiritual Formation Credits will be those continuously enrolled in eleven (11) or fewer hours.
  • Each student is responsible to ensure sufficient progress in obtaining his or her own Spiritual Formation Credits. The official Spiritual Formation Credits records may be found at MyLETU or the LETU Start Page.
  • Spiritual Formation Credit requirements do not apply during the semester in which the student has applied and been approved to graduate.
  • Spiritual Formation Credit requirements do not apply to 5th year seniors who have completed seven (7) consecutive full-time semesters of successful Spiritual Formation Credit requirements.
  • Spiritual Formation Credit requirements do not apply to graduate students.

CHAPEL BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS

Individual behavior affects the community experience of corporate Chapel. When attending and participating in corporate Chapel, please remember the following:

  • Arrive on time and stay the entire service. Chapels vary in length. Whether 40 minutes or 90 minutes, you must stay for the whole event to receive credit.
  • Refrain from conversation with your neighbors when someone is speaking, singing, or presenting from the platform.
  • Act in a manner which communicates courtesy and respect.
  • Attendance consists of both physical presence and active listening; use of computers, cell phones, MP3 players or any other device that may distract you or others around you is prohibited in Chapel.
  • Do not study in Chapel.
  • Your chapel credit for a specific chapel may be revoked without notice or warning for failure to comply with these requirements.

CONFLICTS WITH CHAPEL ATTENDANCE

  • Student Teaching and official LeTourneau University Internships exempt students from chapel where these activities prevent students from being on campus during chapel.
  • Students with flight blocks scheduled by the University are exempt from Chapel only on those days when flight blocks conflict. Other official University conflicts will be determined by the University Chaplain and the department involved.
  • On- or off-campus jobs do not exempt students from the Chapel requirement.
  • Students with work and other conflicts may petition the Office of Spiritual Life at the beginning of the semester to turn in make-ups. It is the student's responsibility to make these arrangements.
  • Students arriving more than five (5) minutes after the beginning of Chapel are considered late and may not receive credit for that date unless they submit a written make-up; students may not leave Chapel early.
  • Problems with Chapel attendance records and Spiritual Formation Credits (including counting you absent when you were present or vice versa) must be resolved with the Office of Spiritual Life within two weeks of the Chapel service or Spiritual Formation activity in question.

MAKE-UPS

  • There are no regular or automatic Chapel make-up opportunities. Each semester, 50 or more opportunities are given to students to attain the required 38 SFCs.
  • In unique circumstances, some make-ups may be allowed; prior permission must be given through the Office of the University Chaplain.
  • A make-up consists of listening to or watching a Chapel program that you have not attended in person and typing a one-page summary of its content. This one-page summary of content must include the student's name, ID number, date and time of the chapel being made up at the top of each page.
  • Chapel recordings are available online through Canvas, but we do not guarantee that all Chapels will be available online during any given semester.
  • Chapel make-ups should be submitted through Canvas. All approved chapel makeups must be submitted by 5:00 PM on the final day of final exams for semester they address.

DISCIPLINARY RESPONSES TO CHAPEL DEFICIENCIES

  • There is no longer any kind of chapel probation.
  • 38 Spiritual Formation Credits must be completed by the end of each semester.
  • In the event that a student does not complete the required 38 Spiritual Formation Credits by the end of exam week for a semester in question, an SFC hold will be placed on that student's registration for the following semester. SFC Holds may be cleared by doing makeups as described above. All makeups must be submitted to the Office of Spiritual Life by August 1st for fall semester, January 1st for spring semester, and the confirmation deadline for summer sessions, to remain in good standing and maintain registration in classes.
  • Students with an SFC Hold will not participate in intercollegiate athletics or university academic competitions.

If you have a conflict or a problem meeting the SFC attendance requirement, please do not wait until the end of the semester. Please see the Campus Pastor immediately.

CHAPEL ANNOUNCEMENTS

There are many groups and organizations that desire to make their own verbal announcements in Chapel, and we desire to facilitate this announcement medium for as many groups as possible. The following guidelines are designed to provide clarity and consistency within the Chapel announcement procedures.

  1. Please know that certain circumstances may occur that will prevent chapel announcement time during a particular week. During those weeks, all announcements will be offered by Power Point only, or in an abbreviated format by one person.
    1. Please consult the chapel announcement schedule to know which days there will be chapel announcements.
    2. Because circumstances can change, please check with the Office of Spiritual Life two days before announcements are scheduled to take place.
  2. Chapel announcements need to pertain to events, activities, or opportunities for the entire student body. Individual club or organization event announcements will need to be made in another forum.
    1. Appropriate examples include: Auto Society Car Show, a Stage Right production, a YAC event, all men's Bible study, or a group wanting to organize a new club or organization and needing members.
    2. Inappropriate examples include: Flooders Bible Study, service project for KZX members, or a Marketing Club meeting location change.

LIFE GROUPS

This semester, we have designated seven chapel days "Life Group Days." On the dates listed below, chapel will not meet in the Belcher Center.

Instead, students will have the opportunity to be mentored by LETU faculty and staff. Students will receive chapel credit for being a part of these groups.

Life Group Days for the Fall 2018 semester are:

  • Monday, September 10
  • Wednesday, September 26
  • Friday, October 12
  • Monday, October 22
  • Monday, November 5
  • Friday, November 16
  • Monday, November 26

WHAT ARE LIFE GROUPS?

LIFE GROUPS are small groups of 5-15 students and a faculty or staff facilitator wishing to enter into a deeper dialogue about their spiritual life and growth together.

LIFE GROUPS will meet a minimum of six times during fall semester, mostly during the scheduled chapel times. However, some mentors may choose to meet at other times outside of the chapel hour.

Facilitators may invite specific students to be in their LIFE GROUPS, simply allow students who desire to sign up to do so, or allow a combination of both. We hope that LIFE GROUPS will be a time of more deeply reflecting on what God is doing in your life.

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