When it comes to our students, at the heart of KCU’s mission and vision is the desire to develop the whole person. Achieving academic excellence and establishing personal relationships are important, but it is our belief that true transformation only takes place as a result of an intimate relationship with God the Father, through the person of Jesus Christ the Son, by the power of the Holy Spirit at work in the lives of believers. That’s why, at KCU you will discover a Christ-centered community of faculty, staff, and students committed to growing in their relationship with Christ by integrating their faith into every facet of their life, both on and off campus.
We are a Christian university by design and proudly continue to live out a nearly 100 year old tradition of infusing faith and education in such a way that empowers our students to be catalysts for Kingdom advancement and global impact. It’s what sets us apart from other universities and it ‘s what gets us out of bed in the morning. Our curriculum is designed to integrate faith and learning by teaching students how their faith applies to their chosen career path, but it’s more than that. It’s the times of prayer and devotional lessons with your professors in the classroom or the personal mentorship that same professor offers you outside of class. It’s chapel service twice a week, dorm devotions with your RA’s, worship nights in the Nash Chapel, and mission trips to foreign countries. At KCU, you can be sure that you will have the opportunity to not only grow academically and socially, but spiritually as well.
Here are a few ways you can grow in your faith…
One of the many facets that make the KCU experience unique is our chapel services. Twice a week for 50 minutes, the entire campus community comes together in the Nash Chapel for a time of worship and teaching from God’s word. Vibrant worship services are led by talented members of our student body. Each Chapel features a guest speaker who is typically a regionally or nationally known communicator. We make an effort to bring high caliber speakers to Chapel who have something to share that we feel will benefit our students and “nudge” them along spiritually. Chapel services have been a key component of the DNA at Kentucky Christian University since the beginning and set us apart from most other colleges and universities.
CHAPEL MODIFICATIONS FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, KCU will be making the following changes to our weekly chapel services: (See the Revised Chapel Plan below for in-depth explanations)
- Required weekly chapel credit will be reduced to 1 per week.
- The students will be divided into 5 groups that will work on a rotating schedule as it pertains to in-person chapel gatherings. Chapel services begin at 9:30AM on your scheduled dates. Students will be divided into the following groups:
- Group A: 2nd Floor Dale & 2nd Floor Waters
- Jan. 26; Feb. 11; Mar. 2, 18; Apr. 6
- Group B: East & West
- Jan. 28; Feb. 16; Mar. 4, 23; Apr. 8
- Group C: 1st Floor Dale & 3rd Floor Waters
- Feb. 2, 18; Mar. 9, 25; Apr. 13
- Group D: 3rd Floor Dale & 1st Floor Waters
- Feb. 4, 23; Mar. 11, 30; Apr. 15
- Group E: Pifer
- Feb. 9, 25; Mar. 16; Apr. 1, 20
- Group A: 2nd Floor Dale & 2nd Floor Waters
- Students may only attend in-person gatherings on their scheduled days.
- On this rotating schedule students will have the opportunity to attend 5 in-person gatherings per semester.
- Students MUST attend 4 of their 5 scheduled in-person gatherings.
- In-person chapel gatherings will require face coverings as well as the enforcement of social distancing measures.
- On a week that a student is not scheduled for an in-person gathering, they will still be responsible to acquire 1 chapel credit. They may do so by choosing one of two options:
- Virtual Chapel Option: Students may engage with either the Tuesday or Thursday chapel through KCU’s livestream and reflect through a provided Google document that will be sent to the Campus Minister for credit. Students will be able to complete this anytime from Tuesday at 10:30AM through Sunday at 11:59PM.
- Spiritual Formations Opportunities Option (SFOs): Students may receive chapel credit through approved SFOs that can take the shape of small groups, bible studies, dorm devotionals, volunteer services, etc. SFOs must be at least 30 minutes in length. Students wishing to pursue this option must get an SFO approval form and turn it into the Campus Minister. Once approved, it is the student’s responsibility to track their attendance using the SFO tracking form and turn it in at the end of the semester. If a student has an idea for an SFO they may discuss this with the Campus Minister.
- Commuters and Apartment Residents are asked to fulfill their chapel requirements (10 credits) through the virtual or SFO options.
- Students with conflicting schedules due to internships, employment, practicums, etc. or are deemed medically at-risk, may request an exemption from in-person gatherings. Students may do this by filling out an exemption form, attaching all specified additional information, and turning it into the Campus Minister for approval. Once approved, it is the student’s responsibility to acquire 10 chapel credits through Virtual Chapels or a combination of Virtual Chapels and SFOs.
- All students are required to acquire 10 chapel credits out of 14 possible to pass.
Click here to stream chapel live or view previous sermons!
Chapel Chatter: A KCU Campus Ministry Podcast
The KCU Campus Ministry provides a weekly podcast to the KCU family that dives into several topics related to the faith, ministry, and society. Guest speakers consist of chapel speakers, local ministers, and KCU alumni, faculty, staff, and students. The podcast can be found on most sites and apps that distribute podcasts, or you find it at the following link: https://anchor.fm/kcuministry
Small Groups & Dorm Devotions
A variety of small group opportunities are available each year to KCU students. Each small group takes on its own unique structure – some are Bible study driven, some will read and discuss a book, some pray, and some serve. Other groups do a little of each. Devotions also take place as part of normal dorm life, and those are usually organized by the Resident Assistants in each dorm. A number of other campus groups meet throughout the year that students can join as well that are great places for spiritual growth, ex: Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Matheteo Society (Missions). One piece of the KCU experience that sets us apart is that devotions, prayer and accountability are built into many areas of campus life. Those things are built into many classes, meetings, pre-game festivities, huddles, and gatherings of all types.
Each year there are short term mission trip opportunities that emerge. Though not specifically sponsored by KCU, most are led by KCU faculty or staff. These trips vary in nature and time of the year, and recent trips have included Haiti, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic. Additionally, the Campus Ministry office brings many mission organizations to campus throughout the year to promote their short term opportunities. KCU students have travelled all over the world during Christmas and Spring break, as well as during the summer months.
Periodically there are special events held on campus. Some of these are organized by students who are part of the Worship Ministry program, and they are always terrific, refreshing experiences. Other times, a group of students might feel led to plan something unique. Working with the Campus Ministry office, these evening worship experiences can be rich and good for the soul.
Throughout the year, a number of service project opportunities are planned. Some are organized by the Campus Ministry office, while others emerge from the student body as either an idea for a unique ministry or service, or as part of a class project. Some events we have organized in the past include Sole Hope (making shoes for children in Uganda), Master Provisions (collecting and packing clothing that is shipped to missionaries around the world), and Life Line food packing (funding and packing food kits used and distributed by missionaries in Haiti). One of the more successful projects that is done yearly is sponsored by the Social Work department called “Trick Hunger Treat Families,” a food collection project that stocks a local food pantry.