Why Do We Require Spiritual Formation Credits?
Within Malone's Christian framework, students are required to accumulate Spiritual Formation credits because we believe that all teaching of truth must be built on a foundation of God's truth.
In the same way that the University require students to study the truth of physical science, the arts, and literature, we see no contradiction in requiring students to study God's truth. Chapel facilitates students' experience and understanding of God's truth through study of the Bible, exposure to corporate worship, and opportunities to understand the relationship offered to us in Christ.
Spiritual Formation goals include providing opportunities:
- to understand and develop a personal faith in Jesus Christ
- for the University community to understand and experience a deeper relationship with God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit through worship, which is indispensable for personal wholeness
- to understand the implications of the Christian faith by addressing pertinent character, cultural, and theological issues leading to a life-long commitment to service, and consequently to positively influencing our campus culture
- to address our cultural tendency toward individualism by providing a forum which uniquely reinforces a sense of campus community and identity.