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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.

Corporate chapel services are typically in the Belcher Chapel and Performance Center from 10:35 to 11:35 am on four Mondays, every Wednesday, and four Fridays of the fall and spring semesters. Programming for the balance of the Mondays is given to Academic Chapels (3) and Life Groups (7). Additional Tuesday, Thursday, or evening spiritual growth opportunities are held at various times throughout the year, including Spiritual Emphasis Week and Justice Week in the fall and GO Week in the spring.

Services are free and open to the public.

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Fall 2019 Chapel Schedule

Monday, August 26Convocation with Dr. Dale Lunsford, President, LETU
Wednesday, August 28: Dr. Patrick Mays, Campus Pastor, LETU

Monday, September 2: Academic Chapel
Wednesday, September 4: Dr. Steve Conn, Dean of Students, LETU and Collin Patterson, Student Body President

Spiritual Emphasis Week
Monday, September 9: Garner Simpkins, Lead Pastor, Legacy Bible Church, Denison, TX and Nick Rogers, Students & College Minister, Legacy Bible Church, Denison, TX
Tuesday, September 10, 11am: Faculty/Staff in AFSC Great Room with Garner Simpkins and Dr. Steven Mason, Provost, LETU; Students in Speer Chapel with Nick Rogers
Wednesday, September 11Garner Simpkins and Nick Rogers
Thursday, September 12, 11am: Students in Speer Chapel with TBD
Friday, September 13Texas Ruegg, Registrar, LETU

Monday, September 16: Life Group #1
Wednesday, September 18Dr. Rebekah Josberger, Associate Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament, Multnomah University, Portland, OR

Monday, September 23Life Group #2
Wednesday, September 25Dr. Brent Walters, Professor of Christian Social Ethics, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL and Dr. Jonathan Lett, Assistant Professor of Theology, LETU
Friday, September 27: Musical Praise & Worship

Monday, September 30: Academic Chapel
Wednesday, October 2: Andrew Palau, Luis Palau Association

Justice Week
Monday, October 7Noel Bouché, pureHOPE
Wednesday, October 9Dan Mackett, International Justice Mission
Friday, October 11Racial Reconciliation Panel
Saturday, October 12: Longview Blitz Service Day

Monday, October 14Life Group #3
Wednesday, October 16Sam Flores, Spanish Language Institute, Costa Rica

Wednesday, October 23Dr. Deena Shelton, Assistant Professor of Counseling, Concordia University
Fri.-Sat., October 25-26Couples Retreat with Drs. Melanie and Viktor Roudkovski & Drs. Kathleen and Patrick Mays, LETU Professors

Monday, October 28Academic Chapel       
Wednesday, October 30Pastor Eric Love, Church on Purpose, Longview, TX
Friday, November 1Musical Praise & Worship

Monday, November 4Life Group #4
Wednesday, November 6Founders Day, Bill Anderson, Consultant and President of LETU Board of Trustees

Monday, November 11Life Group #5
Wednesday, November 13LeTourneau Singers and Jazz Band

Monday, November 18Dr. Doreen Dodgen-Magee, Psychotherapist and Author of Deviced: Balancing Life and Technology in a Digital World
Tuesday, November 19, 11am: Faculty/Staff in AFSC Great Room with Dr. Doreen Dodgen-Magee, Doing Family in a Digital World
Wednesday, November 20Dr. Doreen Dodgen-Magee

Monday, November 25Life Group #6

Monday, December 2Life Group #7
Wednesday, December 4Advent Lessons & Carols

  • Chapel is 10:35-11:35 am.
  • Every Wednesday is All-Campus Chapel, when offices are expected to close and students, faculty, and staff attend chapel as a community.
  • Listings in italics indicate special events that occur outside the normal MWF chapel time and place. More information about these events will be provided as they draw near. 

The spiritual formation program at LeTourneau University is central to the total educational experience, seeing spiritual growth as foundational 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 a variety of worship experiences, to celebrate community victories, and to mourn community losses. Corporate chapel services are typically in the Belcher Chapel and Performance Center from 10:35 to 11:35 am on four Mondays, every Wednesday, and four Fridays of the fall and spring semesters. Programming for the balance of the Mondays is given to Academic Chapels (3) and Life Groups (7). Additional Tuesday, Thursday, or evening spiritual growth opportunities are held at various times throughout the year, including Spiritual Emphasis Week and Justice Week in the fall and GO Week in the spring.

There are a variety of other spiritual formation opportunities through Life Groups, LeTourneau Student Ministries (LSM), and Spiritual Life Assistants to help students grow in 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 follow: 

Spiritual Formation Credits (SFCs) Required SFCs available from the following options:
Chapel Services Life Groups and/or Other Spiritual Growth Opportunities
All Full-Time Residential Students and Global Student Athletes 25 At least 18 Up to 7

To fulfill these requirements, students may simply attend 25 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 3 SFCs
  • One-week LSM missions trips (spring break, summer, or winter) = up to 7 SFCs
  • Various other spiritual retreats and conferences deemed appropriate by the Spiritual Life Department (Passion, Marriage and Relationship Enrichment, Urbana, etc.)
  • Seniors may also elect to do a Spiritual Formation reflection paper which will be granted 1 – 7 SFCs depending on quality and evaluation according to the assessment rubric.

We recognize that none of these activities guarantee 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

  • Degree-seeking Residential LeTourneau students (living on or off campus) enrolled in twelve (12) or more credit hours are required to attain 25 Spiritual Formation Credits (SFC)s each semester.
  • Because Chapel is a unique and significant gathering of our campus community, all 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 fifth 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. 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, 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

  • Students involved in student teaching and official LeTourneau University internships exempt students from chapel when these activities prevent students from being on campus during chapel.
  • Students with flight blocks scheduled by the University receive graced attendance for Chapel only on those days when flight blocks conflict.
  • Students with nursing clinicals scheduled by the university receive graced attendance for Chapel only on those days when clinicals conflict.
  • Other official university conflicts will be determined by the Campus Pastor 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

  • A make-up consists of listening to or watching a Chapel program that you have not attended in person and typing a 500-word summary of its content. This summary of content must include: the student’s name, ID number, and the date and time the chapel occurred at the top of the 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 turned in by 5:00 PM on the final day of final exams for semester they address.

DISCIPLINARY RESPONSES TO CHAPEL DEFICIENCIES

  • 25 Spiritual Formation Credits must be completed by the end of each semester.
  • In the event that a student does not complete the required 25 Spiritual Formation Credits by the end of exam week for a semester in question, a chapel deficiency hold will be placed on that student’s registration for the following semester. Chapel deficiency 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 the hold to be lifted for fall semester enrollment or January 1st for the hold to be lifted for spring semester to remain in good standing and maintain registration in classes.
  • Students with chapel deficiency holds will not participate in intercollegiate athletics or university academic competitions.

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