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.
Student Chapel Requirements:
Because we hold strongly to the importance of gathering together as the body of Christ, chapel attendance is mandatory. Each student is required to accrue 20 chapel credits per semester (12 if you are a commuter) out of 28 chapel services while at KCU. This gives on-campus students 8 unexcused absences per semester to use as they wish. Excused absences such as illnesses, emergencies, and traveling for school-related purposes will not count against the student’s total. Students may accrue their 24 credits through one of two pathways:
The first option students have in accruing their necessary Spiritual Formation credits is by choosing to by-pass Life Groups for credit and earn credits solely through attending chapel services. In this option, students would need to attend 20 (12, if commuter) of the 28 offered chapel services to pass. Students will be allotted 8 unexcused absences per semester. Choosing this pathway does not exclude students from participating in a Life Group. Students are encouraged to plug into any of the following groups, they simply won’t receive chapel credits for attending.
Life Group Pathway:
The second option students have in accruing their necessary Spiritual Formation credits is by choosing to engage in both Chapel services and a Life Group for Spiritual Formation credit. In this scenario, students may earn a maximum of 6 (4, if commuter) credits from attending a Life Group. Their remaining credits must come through attending chapel services (i.e. 16). Students choosing this pathway must sign up for an approved Life Group no later than August 31st. Students can explore the various groups offered through KCU by exploring the Life Group Catalogue. Once a student has a few groups of interest, they may sign-up for one at the following link: http://tinyurl.com/kculifegroups.
While we believe in the importance of being together, we understand that special circumstances out of the student’s control may require them to apply for chapel exemption. These scenarios are academic related in the case of internships, practicums, and student teaching; medical related amid the COVID-19 pandemic; and, work related for commuters who do not have classes on campus on chapel days and have a job which requires them to work off campus on those same days. In any of these cases, students must fill out the chapel exemption form and attach any appropriate documentation as noted in the form. These forms should be turned in no later than August 27th.
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Uprooted: 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: http://anchor.fm/kcuuprooted
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.