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University Chapel and Discipleship Ministries

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Chapel: The Heart of the SBU Experience

Chapel is an integral part of the SBU experience. Chapel helps build a sense of community at SBU by providing a shared experience of worship, Biblical teaching, community and prayer.

Chapel services are held each Monday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Pike Auditorium inside Mabee Chapel.

The first week of each semester will begin with a special Bible or missions conference.

All Chapel services will be live streamed on YouTube. Subscribe to the SBU YouTube channel to get notified each time we go live!

Timothy Glenn
"Going to a school where I get to go to chapel twice a week, go to FCA and go to Bible studies has really transformed me and strengthened my faith."
Timothy Glenn
Marketing major and baseball student-athlete from Springfield, Mo.

Fall 2022 Chapel Schedule

Chapel is held every Monday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. Join us for these Chapel events during the Fall 2022 semester.

Monday, August 22: Worship with Zack and Nate

Wednesday, August 24: Message from President Melson

Monday, August 29: Fall Bible Conference with Dr. DeWitt

Wednesday, August 31: Fall Bible Conference with Dr. DeWitt

Monday, September 5: No Chapel (Labor Day)

Wednesday, September 7: Stedman Valentine, Philippians series

Monday, September 12: CGC Chapel (Local and Domestic Teams)

Wednesday, September 14: Dr. Jason K. Allen, president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Monday, September 19: CGC Chapel (International Teams)

Wednesday, September 21: Stedman Valentine, Philippians series

Monday, September 26: Dr. Duke Jones

Wednesday, September 28: Stedman Valentine, Philippians series

Monday, October 3: Randy Odom, president and CEO of Kids Across America

Wednesday, October 5: Homecoming Spirit Chapel

Monday, October 10: Dr. Jimmy Scroggins, Family Church of the Palm Beaches

Wednesday, October 12: Stedman Valentine, Philippians series

Monday, October 17: Jon Nelson, Soma Community Church, president of Missouri Baptist Convention

Wednesday, October 19: Stedman Valentine, Philippians series

Monday, October 24: Dr. Daniel DeWitt

Wednesday, October 26: Stedman Valentine, Philippians series

Monday, October 31: Dr. Ryan Griffith

Wednesday, November 2: Stedman Valentine, Philippians series

Monday, November 7: Alex Chediak, "Thriving at College - Intentionally!"

Wednesday, November 9: Stedman Valentine, Philippians series

Monday, November 14: Lindsey Rother, KI Women's Director

Wednesday, November 16: Stedman Valentine, Philippians series

Monday, November 28: Pat Findley, pastor of spiritual development at FBC Broken Arrow

Wednesday, November 30: Stedman Valentine, Philippians series

Monday, December 5: Noah Sass, University Activities Council Integration of Faith and Culture chair

Wednesday, December 7: CGC Commissioning, Worship with Zack and Nate

Chapel Attendance

Chapel is central for our life together and regular attendance is a graduation requirement for most students.

Residential Students

Full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students on the Bolivar Campus are expected to attend Chapel during their time at SBU. Students are required to attend a minimum of 75% of the Chapel services offered each semester in which they are enrolled in order to receive chapel credit for that semester. Students engaged in clinical rotations and student teaching are exempt during that semester.

Students must scan their student ID cards at the Pike Auditorium exits before and after each Chapel service to confirm Chapel attendance. Any student who fails to present his or her ID may manually sign in and out two times per academic semester. Students who fail to present their ID more than twice will lose credit for that Chapel. Any student who has lost their ID card should get a replacement through the Department of Safety and Security.

Chapel services are held each Monday and Wednesday from 10-10:50 a.m. in Pike Auditorium, located inside Mabee Chapel. Evening and weekend Chapel services occasionally may be offered for extra credit. Chapel is not a substitute for participation in the life of a local church and students are strongly encouraged to prioritize church membership.

Commuting Students

All full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students who are commuting from more than 30 miles away are expected to meet the Chapel attendance requirement if they have a class before noon on Mondays and Wednesdays. Commuters who do not have a class on Monday or Wednesday before noon are encouraged to participate in Chapel but are exempt from the attendance requirement.

Other Students

Graduate students, part-time students and high school students are welcome to participate in Chapel. All students who are not able to gather with us corporately are encouraged to attend virtually through the live streams on the SBU YouTube channel.

Chapel Etiquette

We gather at Chapel to be reminded of the goodness of God in a variety of ways. All participants are asked to follow the Chapel behavior guidelines listed below.

  • Arrive in a timely manner and be seated before the service begins
  • Engage as an active listener and participant in worship
  • Refrain from the use of electronic devices, including computers and phones
  • Refrain from engaging in personal conversations or other distracting behaviors
  • Refrain from studying or any other reading not directly related to the Chapel program during the service
  • Remove hats during times of prayer

Students who do not observe these guidelines will be subject to disciplinary action which may include, but is not limited to, losing attendance credit for that Chapel.

Chapel Credit and Discipline

At SBU, Chapel attendance is considered a pass/fail course and is part of a student's academic record and permanent transcript.

Full-time residential and commuting students on the Bolivar Campus are required to attend 75% of the Chapel services each semester in which they are enrolled. Exceptions are only given to students commuting from more than 30 miles who do not have classes prior to noon on Mondays and Wednesdays and those students serving in clinical rotations or student teaching assignments during their final academic semester.

Failure to meet the attendance requirement will be considered a class B offense and the offending student will be placed on disciplinary notice for the following semester. In order to be removed from disciplinary notice, a student must attend more than 75% of Chapel services the subsequent semester. Any student who fails to attend more than 75% of Chapel services in two successive semesters will be subject to disciplinary probation. Reference the Student Handbook for details on disciplinary procedures.

Any student who scans in or out for another student will lose Chapel credit for both students. Additionally, both students will face disciplinary action.

Students may check their Chapel attendance at any time through the SBU Self-Service portal.

Discipleship

At SBU, we are not just committed to educating students that they may become smarter, but we are committed to instructing students in the Truth that they may become holier. Both occur in an environment that is predicated on discipleship. We view college as a prime opportunity for discipleship in the lives of our students. We want to point them to Christ. We want to not only develop their minds but also develop their character. We want to equip them to be servant leaders in a global society once they leave or graduate from SBU.

Our desire is that every student who attends SBU will be encouraged to love the Lord with all their hearts, minds and souls, and to love their neighbors as themselves. 

The primary opportunity for discipleship at SBU comes through the SBU D-Groups. These are student-led and overseen by the Campus Pastor and Director of Discipleship.

Mission Projects

While at SBU, you will have opportunities to participate in various local and global mission projects through the Center for Global Connections. An average of 30 projects are offered each year across the U.S. and around the world during the January term, spring break and summer.

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