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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.

 


Spring 2020 Chapel Schedule

January

Monday, January 13th - Dr. Dale Lunsford, President, LETU
Wednesday, January 15th - Dr. Patrick Mays, Campus Pastor, LETU
Wednesday, January 22nd - Steve and Becky Cochrane, Missionaries-in-Residence, LETU

GO Week

Monday, January 27th - James Dougherty, President, OMF Drakeford, Musical Artists and Worship Leaders
Tuesday, January 28th 11:00-1:00 - Coffee and Conversations with Mission Reps in AFSC
Tuesday, January 28th, 7:00 - World Café in Belcher Lobby
Wednesday, January 29th -James Dougherty, President, OMF Drakeford, Musical Artists and Worship Leaders
Wednesday, January 29th, 7:00 - Drakeford in Concert, Speer Chapel FREE CONCERT (must have ticket to attend)
Thursday, January 30th, 6:30 - Mission Seminars in HHH
Friday, January 31st - Shep Shepherd, former NFL player and evangelist


February

Monday, February 3rd - Academic Chapel
Wednesday, February 5th - Dr. Walter Strickland, Associate Vice President for Kingdom Diversity Initiatives, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Friday-Saturday, February 7th-8th - Couples Retreat with Dr. Melanie Roudkovski, LETU
Monday, February 10th - Life Group #1
Wednesday, February 12th - Brittany LaPorte & Ryan Hawkins, Resident Directors, LETU
Wednesday, February 19th - Anne Tohme, Associate Director of Residence Life, Trinity International University
Friday, February 21st - Student Government Speeches & Election
Monday, February 24th - Life Group #2
Wednesday, February 26th - Dr. Marc Cortez, Professor of Theology, Wheaton College
Friday, February 28th - Pete Hardesty, Divisional Coordinator for Young Life College


March

Monday, March 2nd - Life Group #3
Wednesday, March 4th - Spring Break Commissioning and Praise & Worship
Monday-Friday, March 9th - 13th - Spring Break
Monday, March 16th - Academic Chapel
Wednesday, March 18th - Purple Hulls, Musical Artists
Monday, March 23rd - Life Group #4
Wednesday, March 25th - LeTourneau Singers & Jazz Band
Friday, March 27th - Praise & Worship
Monday, March 30th - Life Group #5


April

Wednesday, April 1st - Dr. Jeffrey Quiett, Professor of Psychology, LETU
Monday, April 6th - Holy Week Service with the School of Theology and Vocation
Wednesday, April 8th - Holy Week Service with the School of Theology and Vocation
Monday, April 13th - Life Group #6
Wednesday, April 15th - Alumni Chapel
Monday, April 20th - Life Group #7
Wednesday, April 22nd - Dr. Sue Nicholson, Professor of New Testament, Malone University
Monday, April 27th - Academic Chapel - Awards
Wednesday, April 29th - Lucinda Burklin & Chris Warren, Theology Students, LETU


  • 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.