Community Life & Worship

As the cornerstone of HBU’s holistic approach to education, the Community Life + Worship program unites the intellectual and the spiritual to prepare students for meaningful lives of leadership, distinction, and service. As an active member of our supportive, diverse, faith-based community of learners, you will be encouraged to develop professional behaviors and personal characteristics for lifelong learning and service to God and the community.

Graduation Requirement

A requirement for graduation from HBU is involvement on a regular basis in spiritual formation events. All students seeking an undergraduate degree must complete the 80 CLW credit requirement before graduation. A minimum of 50 CLW (A) credits must be earned through attendance at Convocation. Students in a 100% online degree program complete these credits through BlackBoard.  Students are highly encouraged to garner a minimum of 15 credits per semester. Students can earn as many CLW credits per semester as their schedule allows until the full requirement is met before graduation.

Transfer Students

Transfer students will receive transfer credit of 3/4 credit for every transfer hour. For example, a student with 40 transfer hours will receive 30 CLW credits towards the requirement of 80 CLW credits.

Attendance and Tracking

A representative designated by the Spiritual Life Office will be available at approved events to record attendance.

  • The student is responsible for having his/her attendance recorded by an ID card scan or sign-in.
  • A student may only sign in twice per semester at Convocation.
  • Participants do not receive credit when they arrive late, leave early, fail to sign-in or scan-in, or distract someone else from participating.
  • Students may check their CLW records on their HuskyNet account.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to notify the Spiritual Life Office with any questions regarding his or her CLW record.
  • In the case of a discrepancy in the student CLW record, changes in credit can only be done for the semester prior to the request.
  • 50 CLW credits must be obtained through attendance at Convocation.

*Students in a 100% online degree program will complete their CLW credits in the BlackBoard course at their convenience.  Access to the course is unlimited and available until their graduation requirement is complete.  Tracking is automatic and available inside the course.

Petitions Policy

All students seeking an undergraduate degree must complete the 80 CLW credit requirement (with a minimum of 50 CLW accrued through Convocation). No petitions are accepted requesting a decrease in the CLW credit requirement.


CLW Opportunities

The Community Life + Worship program allows you to choose from and participate in a variety of activities – from on-campus worship services and small group studies to community service and mission opportunities – designed to foster the deepening of your faith and the sharpening of your spiritual gifts. Choosing to participate in any, or all, of the many ministry opportunities available at HBU will help you experience the joy that comes from being part of something bigger than yourself by making a difference in and around our campus community, and beyond. A minimum of 50 CLW (A) credits must be obtain through attendance at Convocation.

  • Convocation

    Convocation is considered the equivalent of chapel on other campuses. It is a vital part of our HBU community. A minimum of 50 CLW credits must be obtained through attendance at Convocation.

    Convocation meets:

    • Wednesdays from 11:00 am to 11:50 am  Dunham Theater
    • Thursdays from 4:00 pm to 4:50 pm in Belin Chapel.
    • Thursdays from 3:00 pm to 3:50 pm in the Summer Session.

    Convocation provides a credible, sensitive, comprehensive witness to life in Christ. At convocation students, faculty, staff, and guests are introduced and encouraged; to salvation and spiritual growth; to the building of community within a diverse student body and faculty; and to the sharing of ideas, information, and talents for the enhancement of life.

  • Weekly CLW Opportunities

    An updated list of Fall 2020 offerings will be provided closer to the beginning of the semester.  For details about summer gatherings, please email us at!

    Spring 2020 Opportunities

    Navigator’s “Nav Nights”
    Thursdays, 5:00-6:30 PM
    Location: Hodo Residence College, Parlor
    Contact:  Navigators
    (1 CLW-B credit)

    Navigator’s Generations Study
    Fridays, 11:00 AM-11:50 AM
    Location: Hodo Residence College, Parlor
    Contact: Navigators
    (1 CLW-B credit)

    Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
    Mondays, 7:30-8:30 PM
    Location: Baugh, Corner Pawket (2nd Floor)
    Contact: FCA
    (1 CLW-B credit)

    Young Life
    Wednesdays, 7:37 PM
    Location: Mabee Theater
    Contact: YoungLife
    (1 CLW-B credit)

    Campus Outreach
    Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 PM
    Location: Corner Pawket
    Every other Wednesday starting 1/15/20
    Contact: Campus Outreach
    (1 CLW-B credit)

    Bible Study at Maranatha
    Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00 pm
    Location: Maranatha International Church, 14718 Lindita Dr. (near Hwy 6 and Beechnut), Houston, TX 77083
    Contact: Dr. Felisi Sorgwe
    (1 CLW-B credit)

    Christianity Through Poetry 
    Wednesdays, 3:00-3:45 PM
    Location: UAC 206
    Contact: Dr. Emily Stelzer
    (1 CLW-B credit)

  • Church Leadership Internship

    Students participating in a Church Leadership Internship are students that are guiding, directing, and/or presiding over an activity, program or group of people with a church/ministry setting. Leadership consists of more than attendance, service, participation and management.

    Other components of this leadership opportunity include:

    • An initial written proposal
    • An on-site supervisor and accountability group
    • A final reflection paper.

    Deadlines & Other Notes:

    • All work must be turned in by the designated deadline(s) by the end of the semester of service.
    • Up to twenty (20) CLW credits are given upon successful completion of the Church Leadership Internship.
    • The Church Leadership Internship (for CLW credit) may not be used in conjunction with meeting academic requirements and/or receiving monetary compensation.
    • The student must complete 30 hours of service over one semester at the same Christian ministry site.
    • There is a career limit of one CLI for CLW credits.
    • The Spiritual Life Office must approve the proposal before the CLI service hours begin.

    If interested in participating, submit  a written proposal describing the ministry opportunity you plan to lead to the Spiritual Life Office.

  • Service Learning Internship

    Students interested in serving others and desiring to make an impact in their community can participate in a Service Learning Internship (SLI).

    • Students serve 30 hours at a faith-based nonprofit agency over a period of one semester.
    • Students will reflect on an article that is assigned as well as turn in a final project that expresses the experiences and lessons learned throughout the internship.
    • Upon satisfactory completion of all requirements, students receive 20 CLW credits.
    • Students must apply and be accepted by the Spiritual Life Office prior to beginning the internship.

    How to sign up:

    1. Attend an orientation meeting.
      • During orientation, you will be given all internship materials and guidelines.
      • All orientations are held in the conference room on the second floor of Baugh in the Spiritual Life suite.
      • E-mail the Spiritual Life Office to schedule a time for an orientation
    2. After discussing your majors and interests, we will match you with an agency that best suits you.
    3. Once you have found an agency and have signed a Service-Learning student contract, you can start serving!

    What’s involved?

    • Over a period of one semester you will serve 30 hours at one non-profit organization.
    • Each time you serve, you will have your supervisor sign your timesheet.
    • After completing 10 hours, you will read a 3 page article on service and respond to 3 reflection questions.
    • Once you have served all 30 hours, interns complete a final paper (3-5) pages or a visual display of your experience (i.e. Photo Journal, Picture Collage, Scrapbook, etc.)

    All work must be turned in by the Monday of the last full week of classes in order to receive your 20 CLW Credits.

  • Bible Museum

    The Bible Museum is one of the areas where students can receive CLW credit.  A student can receive 2 CLW-B Credits per each of the following exhibits:

    • The Early Bibles – 2 CLW-B credits
    • Bible in America – 2 CLW-B credits
    • The Bible & Literature – 2 CLW-B credits
    • Out of This World/St. John’s Bible– 2 CLW-B credits
    • Celebrating the Life of Jesus – 2 CLW-B credits

    For more information, please contact Dr. Diana Severance at 281-649-3287.

  • C.S. Lewis Reflections

    Recordings of the lecture series can be checked out at Moody Library Circulation Dest (2nd Floor) anytime the library is open.  Students must provide thoughtful, original reflections to a series of questions, which are provided by the Spiritual Life Office.

    Credit will be given for responses that meet
    Contact: Spiritual Life for the Reflection Instruction document
    (1 CLW-B Credit per video/up to 12 CLW-B Credits)

  • Other CLW Opportunities
    • Ignite (2 CLW-A Credits per convocation)
    • Serve Houston: Fall & Spring (2 CLW-B credits per semester)
    • HBU Sponsored Mission Trips (5 CLW-B credits per week)
    • Other Mission Trips: pre-approved (up to 5 CLW-B credits per week)
    • University Sponsored Lectures (1 CLW-B credit if applicable)
    • Seminars & Special Opportunities (2-3 CLW-B credits if applicable)
    • Organization Sponsored Events (1 CLW-B credit if applicable)

    *Remember a minimum of 50 CLW credits must be obtained through attendance at Convocation.

    For more information about these opportunities and more, contact the Spiritual Life Office.

  • IGNITE!: Spiritual Emphasis Week

    Tuesday, October 1st – Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

    For more information visit our Ignite! web-page.

Contact HBU's Spiritual Life Department

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