A Model for Life-Long Spiritual Growth
Spiritual Formation at Central Christian College implements an interdependent model to assist students in development of life-long spiritual growth. It is the goal of the Director of Spiritual Formation to help students develop lives of interdependence while individually seeking a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Students have numerous opportunities to engage community through corporate worship, small group interaction, and prayer. It is the responsibility of the student to engage in the practices that Central offers and to begin to develop disciplines promoting growth well beyond their college years.
While students are responsible to achieve the required Spiritual Formation Touch Points each semester, this program is designed to offer students the freedom to choose a Spiritual Formation path that suits them best, while at the same time providing accountability to the institution and to the rest of the CCC community.
Students are required to achieve 27 Spiritual Formation Touch Points each semester and a minimum of 1 Tuesday or Friday Chapel each week. Students are still required to attend 1 Tuesday or Friday Chapel each week even if they have already reached the expected 27.
In order to achieve the expected 27 touch points, students are encouraged to attend approximately 7 Spiritual Formation opportunities each month. Students will receive a monthly notice in mail informing them of the number of touch points they have achieved during the previous month.
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Spiritual Formation Touch Points are delineated as follows:
- Tuesday morning chapel
- Friday morning chapel
- HBC (Healthy Biblical Community) groups
- Sunday night Vespers
(limit of 5 each semester)
- Approved RA, SGA, or RD Programs
- Approved Seminars, Trips, and Colloquia
If a student chooses to attend an HBC group as one of their primary options, they must covenant with those students to attend each week. If a student has two or more absences in either semester, it may lead to dismissal from the group. HBCs are limited to 12 students per group.
Attendance is required for:
- All RESIDENT STUDENTS living in College housing (on and off-campus).
- All full-time COMMUTER STUDENTS (12 credit hours or more) living in the 67460 zip code area.
- All full-time COMMUTER STUDENTS living outside the 67460 zip code area who have a class immediately before AND after the 9:30 hour.
All students who are not required to attend are still encouraged to attend whenever they are able to do so.
Since Central considers the Chapel/Convocation/HBC Program an essential part of its distinctive Christian Liberal Arts education, attendance is expected, required, and recorded. Each student has an attendance record kept in the Student Development Office. Since Central strongly believes in the development of a campus community, the Chapel/Convocation Program utilizes reserved seating. This strategy is designed to encourage students to familiarize themselves with other students outside of their peer groups, and ultimately to integrate and mix the student body. Each student will have a reserved seat (to be reassigned at the beginning of each semester). Students may request one person to sit beside. Attendance is taken by seat. If a student is sitting in their reserved seat, they will be counted present. If a student arrives after a Chapel/Convocation/HBC has started, they will be considered “Late”. Three “Late” marks are considered an absence. Early departure is considered an absence.
Consecutive Misses Due To Illness
If a student misses two or more consecutive Chapels/Convocations/HBC due to illness or school related activities, that student may request that these misses be treated as one miss. It is the student’s responsibility to request this from the Student Development Office.
Waivers for circumstances relating to regular employment, co-op experience, or child care are available in the Student Development Office. Waivers are considered on their merit and are subject to the final decision of the Director of Spiritual Formation and Experiential Learning. Waivers must be renewed each semester. Appeals of decisions regarding attendance or waivers are to be made in writing to the Student Development Office within 24 hours of receiving a decision. After this time frame, the decision will be final.
Because the Chapel/Convocation/HBC Program is integral to the identity of Central Christian College and essential to students’ own spiritual development experience while at Central, Chapel/Convocation/ HBC attendance is treated with the same importance as class attendance and other requirements of the College.
If a student’s monthly attendance falls below 7, the Director of Spiritual Formation and Experiential Learning may contact them to give guidance and/or direction and to allow the student an opportunity to express the reasons why they are off pace. This meeting is designed for both accountability and restoration of the student. Discipline may be meted out if the Director of Spiritual Formation and Experiential Learning deems it necessary for restoration.
Should a student fail to achieve the expected 27 touch points during a semester, they will be invited to meet with the Dean of Student Development where fines and/or discipline up to dismissal, may be handed out to the student.
Specific questions about Chapel/Convocation/HBC and the attendance policy may be addressed to the Spiritual Development Office.
Interterm Chapels are held on Wednesdays from 11:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Students are required to attend all chapels during Interterm. HBC does not meet during Interterm. If students have an absence, they will be required to meet with the Director of Spiritual Formation and Experiential Learning and may be asked to make up those Chapels during the spring semester.
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