The purpose of our Spiritual Life program is to help you in your journey toward spiritual maturity and prepare you to step out into a bigger world. George Fox offers a Spiritual Life Program with an emphasis in three areas: events on the Spiritual Life calendar (like chapel service), small-group studies, and ministry and service opportunities.
One of our priorities is for each student to come into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and grow in that relationship toward a mature faith. While we believe strongly in the value of our Spiritual Life Program, we want you to know that it does not replace the life and ministry of the local church and should not be considered a substitute for church attendance or involvement. Instead, the Spiritual Life Program is an integral part of the total faith-learning experience you receive at George Fox University.
- If you have less than 93 academic credits before the beginning of the current academic semester
- If you are less than 23 years old before the beginning of the current academic semester
You must obtain at least 15 chapel credits over the course of the semester, up to five of those credits can be obtained through chapel elective credit.
- To check your credit progress, login to your MyGFU account and look under the chapel tab to see the events you have credit for. There will be a green check mark next to every event you have credit for. There will be a running total of the credits you have and the credits you need at the bottom of the page.
- You are responsible to keep track of your chapel credit and must let us know within 72 hours if your credit is not showing up from an event. To let us know, send email@example.com your ID and a few sentence summary of the chapel event and what impacted you most about that chapel.
Wednesday Chapel Attendance (Download a Spiritual Life Calendar)
Chapel is a time of learning, praise and worship. Chapel services are held on Wednesday mornings from 10:40 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Bauman Auditorium and Wednesday evenings from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Bauman Auditorium. Chapels are held the first 14 weeks of the 15-week semester.
To be given credit for attending a chapel service, students must scan their student ID cards into a computerized scanner upon entering and exiting the auditorium. Students who are found leaving chapel before the conclusion of the service or students who scan in for someone other than themselves will be held accountable for an attempt to defraud chapel attendance requirements. For other Spiritual Life options held in smaller venues, a sign-in list will be used. To get credit for a chapel elective event students must fill out a form on their mygfu under the chapel elective section.
Chapel Elective Attendance
Throughout the year there are different special events and groups that are available for Chapel Elective Credit. We have a running list of events and groups we have approved to count towards chapel elective credit. In order to recieve credit for attending a chapel elective event a student must fill out a form on their mygfu chapel portal answering a few questions about the event they attended. Students may earn up to 5 of their total needed 15 credits through attending chapel electives. Watch the university's e-nnouncements to read about upcoming events that count towards elective credit. View a list of our current chapel electives.
LYFE Group Leaders (Spiritual Life Assistants)
Students involved in leading a LYFE group can earn up to 1 Chapel elective credit for each teaching session attended. Apply to be a Lyfe Group today! Questions regarding our Lyfe Group program may be directed to Rusty St. Cyr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If a student feels like they will not be able to obtain their required 15 chapel credits they may fill out an chapel credit waiver form. The Chapel Accountability Committee will review the waiver and according to the student's circumstance will do one of the following (this form generally takes 3 weeks to process):
- Give mygfu permissions for the student to fill out podcast forms after watching current semester podcasted sermons for up to 10 chapel credits
- Partial chapel credit waived (10 chapel credits required)
- Partial chapel credit waived and podcast permission
- Full chapel credits waived (0 credits required- this option is rarely granted)
- Deny the waiver and advise how to obtain credit
Turn in waiver forms, completed, along with any needed verification form(s), to the Spiritual Life office (located in the Sheridan Street House) before the fifth Friday of the semester. Students will be notified if they are given a waiver or not. If they do not recieve an email from Spiritual Life in regards to the status of their exmpetion they may email or stop in.
Absences due to activities such as field trips, athletics team participation, band and choir tours, etc., are not considered excused. Students who participate in these activities are responsible to earn 15 Chapel credits like all other students.
Prolonged and confining illnesses are evaluated on an individual basis at the end of the semester. Prolonged and confining illness excuses are issued only by the school nurse for illnesses of three or more consecutive days.
Waivers (submit form to apply)
A student may receive a full or partial waiver for the chapel credit requirement for one semester at a time due to one of the following reasons. In most cases a student will be given the opportunity to do most of their needed chapel credit via watching a podcast of chapel and filling out a form.
- Student teaching/Internship
- Significant work schedule
- Commuting more than 30 miles one way
- Classes Schedule- including during both chapel times (class schedule required)
- 4th year student with not enough credits to be exempt
Levels of Chapel Credit Waiver Granted
Podcast Form (credit accepted through podcast)
If a student is given the opportunity to view podcasts for credit they will be notified via email and their mygfu chapel portal view will change to have form icons next to each event. They can click the small icon next to the chapel event watched via podcast and fill out the form. After they click 'Submit' the form will be sent to Spiritual Life where it will be manually read through. The forms may take up to 72 hours to be processed.
As a student waits for the form to be reviewed the icon will change into a question mark. After the form has been accepted, and they have been given credit a green check mark will appear. If it is denied, there will be a stated reason for denial and the icon will change into a red 'X'. If a credit is denied a student may resubmit that form with the appropriate information needed (unless the due date has been passed).
Partial Waiver and Podcast Form (credit accepted through podcast)
If a student receives a partial waiver and is given access to the podcast credit form, he or she will have their required credits reduced and be given the option to watch chapel podcasts and fill out forms for the remaining credits needed. He or she must re-apply each semester for this waiver. If a student is given the opportunity to view podcasts for credit they will be notified via email and their mygfu chapel portal view will change to have form icons next to each event.
They can click the small icon next to the chapel event watched via podcast and fill out the form. After they click 'Submit' the form will be sent to Spiritual Life where it will be manually read through. The forms may take up to 72 hours to be processed. As a student waits for the form to be reviewed the icon will change into a question mark. After the form has been accepted, and they have been given credit a green check mark will appear. If it is denied, there will be a stated reason for denial and the icon will change into a red 'X'. If a credit is denied a student may resubmit that form with the appropriate information needed (unless the due date has been passed.)
If a student receives a partial waiver, he or she must attend 10 chapels throughout the semester. He or she must re-apply each semester this waiver is needed. A student may receive a waiver for the attendance requirement for one semester due to student teaching or an off-campus field placement.
All waivers must be cleared through the Office of Spiritual Life by the fifth Friday of each semester. However, if employment dictates that an waiver be granted after this date, students should submit the waiver form along with the required documents as soon as possible.
Full Waiver (rarely given)
If a student receives a full waiver, he or she is not required to attend any chapel programs for the period of one semester. Students must re-apply each semester. If a student is a fourth year student with less than 93 academic credits they may qualify for full waiver. See the chapel credit waiver form for details.
All 15 Chapel credits must be completed by midnight on the last day of classes (the Friday before finals).
Chapel Credit Deficiency Policy
All students must fulfill their Chapel credit requirement by the last day of classes at midnight. All undergraduate students with a spiritual life credit requirement will receive an e-mail a month before the last day of classes as well as one week before that deadline. Students who do not fulfill their required credits by the deadline will have a fee placed on their student financial account.
- If granted the option to do Podcast forms for chapel credit, they are due by midnight on the last day of classes.
- All students who have not resolved their credit deficiency by midnight on the last day of classes will have a fee of $20.00/deficient credit (not to surpass $200) placed on their student account.
- Students are required to apply for a "chapel credit waiver" if they are a fourth year student, but do not have senior status according to MyGFU. No student "automatically" is exempt unless he or she has 93 academic credits or above, or is 23 years of age by the beginning the current academic semester.
- All fees will be going towards Spiritual Life programming and the Summer Serve ministry.
- There will be an appeal process for students who have a discrepancy with an applied fee.
- Fees for incomplete chapel credits have replaced the previous system of mandatory withdrawal from the university due to incomplete credits.
We would prefer that you complete the Spiritual Life credits instead of paying a fee. However, we need to find a way of managing this process that does not require extensive time and effort in the Office of Spiritual Life.
If a student has a discrepancy with an applied fee, he or she may appeal it. To appeal the fee, please download the appeal form and submit it to the Office of Spiritual Life within 30 days of receiving the fee on your account.
The following are appropriate reasons to appeal the fee:
- inaccurate spiritual life credit/attendance records
- dropping out of the university within the first two months of the semester
- incomplete in classes due to extenuating circumstances or lengthy illness, and
- extreme financial hardship
Appeals will be reviewed by a committee. Students who were "not aware" that they were required to attend chapel and assumed they were exempt may file an appeal as well, however, it is not encouraged as students are responsible to be informed of their own chapel requirement.
Students who continue to not meet the Spiritual Life Chapel credit requirement or attempt to defraud the Spiritual Life Chapel attendance process in any manner (including "sliding and gliding") may be required to meet with the Dean of Students and may be subject to further disciplinary action, which could include a semester suspension from the university.