Chapel Syllabus | Ministries

Course Description

In keeping with the philosophy of campus community and the importance of Christian values, chapel meets twice weekly.  Chapel is required each fall and spring semester for all full-time students.   Student must successfully complete the chapel requirement for each semester of full-time attendance in order to graduate at North Greenville University.  In addition, students must pass a minimum of two semesters of chapel to earn a bachelor's degree from the university.  After the successful completion of eight semesters of chapel attendance, students are exempt from further chapel requirements.

Chapel presentations address the imperatives of the Christian message related to worship, evangelism, discipleship, fellowship, and ministry.  Some sessions will also be utilized for special university emphases.  There are generally two meetings per week.  One half-hour earned credit.  The schedule is available on the NGU website under Campus Ministries.

To enroll in the online Chapel class students must meet the following requirements:

                Be a full-time online student (or)

                Be a commuter with no classes on Monday and Wednesday (or)

                Be a commuter with classes after 1:15pm on Monday and Wednesday

If you meet the criteria you may enroll in the Online Chapel Class.  We will check the schedules for everyone after the closing date to add/drop classes.  If your schedule shows that you do not meet the criteria you will not be able to continue in the online class.  You will have to see the registrar to change your schedule to CHPL 1000 or 2000.

Dr. Steve Crouse

Vice President for Campus Ministries

Office:  Tingle Student Center 112

Phone:  864-977-7022

Email:  Steve.Crouse@ngu.edu

Objectives

By the end of the semester, the student will know:

     1.    How to receive Jesus Christ as personal Savior.

     2.    Some of the basic beliefs of the Christian faith.

     3.    Various traditions of Southern Baptists.

     4.    Assorted areas of Christian social concerns.

     5.    How to examine contemporary issues from a Christian perspective.

     6.    Various biblical principles of morality.

     7.    Ways to support the missionary endeavors of the Southern Baptists

     8.    Examples of how to grow in the Christian faith.

Requirements and Grading Scale

Chapel meets twice weekly:  Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m.  A variety of methods including audio-visuals, music, and drama may be used to achieve chapel objectives.  Chapel operates within the framework of academic affairs; grades, based on attendance, will be determined according to the following grade scale:

A = 1 to 2 absences

B = 3 to 4 absences

C = 5 to 6 absences

D = 7 to 8 absences

F = 9 or more absences

If an academic requirement such as student teaching dictates that a student be off campus during the chapel hour, the student may be excused from those chapel services subject to the prior approval of the Vice President of Campus Ministries.  Students who miss chapel due to representing the college in a scheduled official capacity, may be excused from chapel a maximum of two times per semester subject to the prior approval of the Vice President for Campus Ministries.  Hospitalization will be considered an excused absence from chapel if proper documentation is given to the office of the Vice President for Campus Ministries in a timely fashion. Otherwise, there are no other excused absences from chapel.

Attendance is required for all full-time students.  Attendance will be checked during each program.  Students will be assigned seats at the beginning of the semester and must remain in the assigned seat throughout the service.

Students will not be allowed to go to their assigned seats after 10:00 a.m. or after the program has begun.  Tardiness will result in an absence for that particular service.

Concerned students, resident assistants, faculty, staff, and administrators will monitor programs.  Any student guilty of misconduct will at the minimum receive a notice in the mail informing him/her of no credit for that particular program. Depending on the nature of the misconduct, the student may fail chapel for the semester.  Misconduct includes sleeping, studying, talking, texting, wearing caps, and any generally disturbing actions.

Attendance records will be maintained by the office of the Vice President for Campus Ministries.

Appeals concerning attendance are made to the office of the Vice President of Campus Ministries in cooperation with the Religious Activities and Assemblies Committee.

There are designated bonus chapel sessions (see the chapel schedule online) during the semester where chapel credit will be given.  Students must attend the entire session to earn credit.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Dr. Steve Crouse, Vice President for Campus Ministries at 864-977-7022 or email him at Steve.Crouse@ngu.edu.

Chapel Make-Up Policy

Students who fail chapel will be charged a fee (the cost of 1/2 of a credit hour) for each semester they failed chapel in order to have the opportunity to make-up the failing grade(s).

1. Students who failed one semester of chapel will receive a standard assignment.

2. Students who failed two semesters of chapel will receive a more difficult assignment requiring more research and writing.  Other stipulations such as a requirement to make an "A" for the current semester may apply. 

3. Students who failed three semesters of chapel must successfully complete no. 1 and no. 2 above.

4. Students failing more than three semesters of chapel, must do all of the above and register, attend, and successfully earn an "A" for each additional semester of chapel that they failed.

5. Students who failed a semester of chapel may take an additional semester beyond the normal requirement with the grade for the additional semester replacing the failing grade.  There will be no additional fee for this opportunity.