Chapel Credit

What is the purpose of SpiL Credits?

The purpose of our Spiritual Life program is to partner with you in your journey toward spiritual maturity, preparing you to live for Christ wherever your path may take you. 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.

Our main priority is that each student will 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 strongly believe 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.

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Who's required to earn SpiL Credit?

  • If you have fewer than 93 academic credits before the beginning of the current academic semester
  • If you are younger than 23 before the beginning of the current academic semester

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What is a SpiL credit, and how many do I need each semester?

A SpiL credit is earned by attending (either online or in person) a SpiL event. You must obtain at least 15 SpiL credits each semester (Fall and Spring semesters). 

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How do I keep track of my SpiL Credits?

  • To check your credit progress, login to your iAttended account to track your progress and to see all upcoming SpiL credit opportunities. 
  • You are responsible to keep track of your chapel credit and must let us know within 24 hours if your credit is not showing up from an event. To let us know, send and email to
  • All SpiL Credit is due on May 1st (2021).

How do I get SpiL Credit?

Chapel Attendance

Chapel is a time of learning, praise and worship. Chapel services are recorded and posted on iAttended each Tuesday morning before noon. This year (2020) we will NOT be having Vespers on Wednesday evenings. Shalom Chapel is held on Tuesday evenings at 9 pm in the Canyon Commons Dining Rooms. Chapels are held each week of the semester.

Chapel Elective Attendance

Throughout the year there are many events that qualify for Chapel Elective Credit. We have a running list of events and groups we have approved to count toward your SpiL Credit total. Find information on upcoming opportunities through your iAttended app and The Daily BruinView a list of our current chapel electives.  

All SpiL Credits are due by May 1, 2021

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What do I do if I don’t/can’t attend 15 SpiL credit opportunities?

This year we are providing many more options to achieve your 15 required SpiL credits, including many options that are on-demand. Because of the increased access and removal of the in-person requirement, very few waivers will be approved. The main reason for a waiver will be due to health reasons. if you believe you have a health condition that does not allow you to complete your requirement, please contact us via email at

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Absences and Waivers

Absences due to Illness

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.


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When do I need to have my SpiL credit requirements completed?

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If I don't complete my credits, what happens?

Chapel Credit Deficiency Policy

Students who do not fulfill their required credits by the deadline will have a fee placed on their student financial account.

Policy Guidelines

  • All students who have not resolved their credit deficiency by midnight on May 1 will have a fee of $20/deficient credit placed on their student account.
  • No student "automatically" is exempt unless he or she has 93 academic credits or above.
  • All fees will be going toward spiritual life programming.
  • There will be an appeal process for students who have a discrepancy with an applied fee.

We would prefer that you complete the Spiritual Life credits instead of paying a fee. However, however the GFU Board has requested we use of a $20 fine per missed chapel as the response for not meeting the requirement.

Memorize Scripture Instead of Paying a Chapel Fine

In lieu of a fine, we are offering students an opportunity to memorize scripture instead. Here is how it will work: for every chapel you miss ($20/chapel) you can memorize any 7 verses from the New Testament book of John (any translation). You will need to schedule a time during finals week to recite your memorized verses to a campus pastor. Students will be allowed three mistakes for every 7 verses memorized. Questions? Contact our office at

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How do I appeal a fee placed on my account?

Appeal Process

If a student has a discrepancy with an applied fee, he or she may appeal it. To appeal the fee, please email us at

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 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.

Chapel Credit Exemption Information

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