Spiritual Life Program
The Office of Spiritual Life is pleased to introduce our new spiritual life program called Koinonia. Koinonia is a Greek word that means Christian Fellowship. SCU Professor, Ken Young, described Koinonia as “fellowship in every sense, not only shaking hands and greeting one another, but investing into one another.” Spiritual Formation is an investment and that investment is in your relationship with God, other believers, and also in yourself.
This program gives each student the opportunity to set up and develop their own spiritual formation. Students are given more options to worship, pray, engage in small groups, and grow spiritually than in the past. Chapel will be one of many options for students as they earn the required spiritual life credits each semester.
Spiritual Life Credits:
Students will have to earn 35 Spiritual Life Credits per semester.
Spiritual Life Credits are earned by attending Chapel, Worship Events, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Prayer Events, Discipleship Studies, Small Groups, and Spiritual Life Events approved by the Office of Student Services.
The goal of the Spiritual Life Program is to offer a minimum of 6 opportunities per week for students to engage in spiritual life formation (16 weeks/6 times or 96 opportunities in a semester). These 96 opportunities will be provided by the Office of Student Services and the Spiritual Life Chaplains; however, many more could be added by faculty, staff, or students throughout the academic year.
Spiritual Life Options:
SCU Chapel – 28 opportunities each semester.
SCU Worship Events
SCU SGA Identified Services.
SCU Fellowship of Christian Athlete Meetings.
SCU Spiritual Life Forums.
SCU Bible Studies.
SCU Friday Chapel for specific groups
Other SCU Approved Spiritual Life Events.
HOW TO START A GROUP?
All Spiritual Life Options must be approved by the Office of Student Services and must meet the criteria for the event to be considered a Spiritual Life Credit. Fill out the form above with the following information.
A minimum of 4 people must attend.
A minimum of 30 minutes per meeting.
Event must be labeled.
Prayer, Worship, Discipleship, etc.
Public or Private.
The subject matter of the Bible Study.
Group Leader (SCU student, faculty or staff member).
Proctor (One who checks in everyone to the event).
Once approved, the event will be added to the Spiritual Life Calendar.
All students will need to download the Altimeter Software App from the App Store.
Log in using your swcu.edu email address and password.
Students will use the App to check in and check out of spiritual life events except for chapel. The ID card is used for scanning into chapel.
The App will provide the student with the attendance for their required spiritual life credits.
Students will also have the website address to check attendance.
Spiritual Life Exemption
The Chapel Exemption form is available at the Office of Student Services and must be tuned in for approval by the VPSS.
Exemptions will be available for students who have work related or family related issues.
Exemption forms must be filled out by the student and turned into the Office of Student Services within the first 3 weeks of the each semester.
Exemptions from all Spiritual Life Credits will be rare. The exemption will be a reduction of Spiritual Life Credits from 35 to a more manageable number depending on the student and situation.