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Frequently Asked Questions regarding Community Life & Worship
What is Community Life & Worship?
The Community Life & Worship program has been developed to offer a variety of opportunities for spiritual development and service, both on and off campus. Like an academic curriculum, there are certain requirements you must meet for graduation, but the program is flexible enough to make every student’s experience unique.
Do I have to participate?
Every undergraduate student
must earn the minimum credits
to graduate, but how you earn those credits is up to you.
How can I get CLW credits?
All credit opportunities
are found on the
Spiritual Life Department section of the Student Handbook
. The number that you see to the right of an event in the table indicates the number of credits you will receive for participating. You are responsible for making sure your attendance is recorded properly. Students who show up to an event late or leave early receive no credits.
Do transfer students have to start from scratch?
No, you do not have to start over.
Read the details...
How many credits do I have?
Check your progress by logging on to the
portal and clicking on the "CLW Credits" icon in the upper left corner.
What do I do if my credit record is wrong?
You have one semester to report any discrepancies with your credit count. It is your responsibility, not the Spiritual Life staff’s, to make sure your record is accurate.
What if I’m starting my junior year with no credits?
You will need to earn the maximum of 20 credits per semester in your final two years to meet the graduation requirement. Failure to meet the spiritual life graduation requirement will prevent you from receiving your diploma or participating in commencement.
What if I forget my ID card?
At some events, like Convocation, students may sign in, but you may do this no more than twice per semester.
Is there a petition policy for CLW credits?
Graduating seniors may
petition to earn credit beyond the regular semester limit
, but only in their final semester. Petition forms are available in the
Spiritual Life office
Can I get more than the minimum “Worship” credits?
Of Course! You can
earn as many Worship credits (Section A) over the minimum number
that you would like, and we hope that you will be
engaged in other areas of spiritual life
on campus as well.
Can I get all of my credits through Community Service?
There is a
maximum number of CLW credits
that a student may earn through Community Service (Section B) events.
What is Convocation?
is our largest weekly gathering.
What are the Service Learning Internship (SLI) and the Church Leadership Internship (CLI)?
Service Learning Internship
Church Leadership Internship
, which are available through the Spiritual Life office, may not be used in conjunction with meeting academic requirements and/or receiving monetary compensation.
Who is in the Spiritual Life office, and where are they located?
You can visit the
Spiritual Life office
on the second floor of the Baugh Center.
What do you offer for commuter students?
Check out our
. Commuter breakfasts and devotionals, which offer opportunities for fellowship but not CLW credits (
). Aside from scheduled on-campus events, there are a number of credit opportunities – such as the
Dunham Bible Museum
, Screwtape Letters and
– that you can complete at your own convenience.
Are there leadership opportunities within the Spiritual Life Department?
The Spiritual Life Department directs the
Ministry Leadership Council
, which is composed of students.
Who can lead CLW small groups and Bible studies, and who can attend?
We invite all students to participate in
CLW small groups
, which are led by HBU faculty and staff on different days and times of the week.
What are Mission Learning Opportunities (MLOs), and how do I sign up?
Annual Mission Learning Opportunities are a great way for students to serve and develop a deeper understanding of how Jesus works in places all around the world.
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