The Gordon College chapel program seeks to advance the mission of the College by providing programs that contribute to its educational and spiritual formation aims. As a mandatory part of a student’s Gordon education, the chapel program fills a central part of the co-curricular experience. Because of its nature as a public gathering of the entire student body and, on occasion, the entire College community, the chapel program contributes to the institutional, educational, and spiritual formation goals of the community in unique ways. These contributions may be summarized under the headings of Inspirational Objectives, Instructional Objectives and Institutional Objectives.
The chapel program seeks to provide community members with experiences of worship which rightly ascribe the glory to God due Him and orients worshipers in proper relationship to God and others through:
The chapel program seeks to provide students with exposure to individuals and groups who are embodying the transformative truth of the Gospel in responsible and relevant ways by:
The chapel program seeks to serve students’ understanding of and appreciation for the diversity of practices of Christian worship as they have found expression throughout history and across cultures and locations by:
The chapel program seeks to increase the students’ understanding and appreciation for the basic doctrines of the Christian faith through:
The chapel program seeks to assist the Office of Student Life in addressing issues relevant to students’ maturation as responsible persons of Christian character by:
The chapel program aims to serve the community by articulating and interpreting the mission of Gordon College through:
The chapel program seeks to provide occasions in which the institutional identity of the College is strengthened and affirmed by:
Each Friday the College’s academic community gathers for convocation, which seeks to enhance the classroom experience through co-curricular academic programming rooted in the liberal arts. Through a variety of speakers and topics, convocation is designed to foster the development and application of a Christian worldview. To that end, its programs provide common experiences to the academic community that will at times reinforce and at times challenge perspectives expressed in the curriculum, encouraging us to listen graciously and learn deeply from those with whom we agree and disagree.
The liberal arts program of Gordon College is accentuated in Friday convocations, where the entire academic community assembles to celebrate God’s good gifts of intellect. The convocation forum provides a unique ceremonial opportunity to celebrate persons whose scholarship, art or public service embodies the ideals of the liberal arts.
The mission of the convocation program is to enhance the academic program of the College by celebrating and honoring academic achievement and presenting programs which enrich the classroom experience (or the formal curriculum). Speakers bring a variety of perspectives on topics and issues drawn from across the spectrum of liberal arts disciplines in the arts, sciences and humanities.
This Gordon College program is intended to promote broad discussion and active response from the academic community, extending beyond the convocation setting to classrooms and residence halls.
The goal is to broaden and deepen our appreciation of creation and culture and to equip us to become discerning agents of redemption. Consistent with the College’s mission, the ultimate goal of convocation is to foster the development and application of a Christian worldview, though individual speakers need not endorse this goal.
Other purposes of convocation include:
All full-time students living on campus must receive 30 Christian Life and Worship credits each semester regardless of work schedule. Commuters are required to receive 20 Christian Life and Worship credits. Seniors in their last semester before graduating do not have a Christian Life and Worship requirement, but are encouraged to attend Chapel and Convocation and take advantage of the many Christian Life and Worship events offered.
Records of attendance are kept by the Chapel Office and can be viewed at Go.Gordon. Any missing credits must be reported to the Chapel Office within two weeks of the event. All students are expected to remain in good-standing with their Christian Life and Worship requirement. After one semester of non-compliance, offending students will be placed on probation with Student Life; parents of dependent students will be notified and a record is kept in the student’s file. A second semester of non-compliance may result in suspension from the College for one semester. Following a semester of suspension, students will be eligible to re-apply to the College. Students returning from suspension will be required to meet the chapel requirement each semester until their last semester as a graduating senior. Any attempt to falsely represent one’s attendance record will result in disciplinary action.
Qualifying students may submit a Christian Life & Worship Credit Reduction Application to the Chapel Office. Forms are located on-line and must be submitted by the third week of classes each semester. See form for more information.
Percent reduced is based on how many times per week students have approved conflicts with Monday, Wednesday, and Friday gatherings at 10:25 a.m. We are unable to approve reductions for on/off-campus employment or personal internships. A new application must be submitted for each semester.
Students who miss a week or more of classes due to a serious illness may file for two credits per each week of missed classes by having a medical notification sent to the Chapel Office within two weeks of illness.
Students who are married, commuting, part-time or approved for graduation should receive their reductions automatically. Please contact the Chapel Office with any questions.