Chapel services are designed to allow time to worship God and to gain strength from other Christians. A period of worship is followed by announcements and sometimes a brief program that is informative, inspirational, or entertaining.
Chapel is held at 10:00 AM Monday through Thursday on the Montgomery campus. Chapel attendance is required of all full-time students and all residential students on the Montgomery campus. Chapel is open to anyone who wishes to worship.
All attendees are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner. The University has established the following rules to promote a reverent Chapel atmosphere:
Students will be subject to disciplinary proceedings for violating any of the following:
- The use of electronic devices such as computers, PDAs, cell phones, calculators, or music players is prohibited during Chapel. Exceptions may be requested for documented medical conditions.
- Students will be subject to immediate removal from Chapel for discourteous, ill-mannered or irreverent behavior.
- Male students must remove headwear when entering chapel. Exceptions may be requested for documented medical conditions.
- Students should refrain from bringing food or drink into Chapel.
Students interested in assisting with Chapel planning, organization, or service should contact the Chapel Coordinator . Biblical Studies majors interested in volunteering may also contact the Dean of Biblical Studies .
Males serving in a leadership role in the Chapel worship assembly are expected to give serious thought to their assigned task. Proper, neat attire and conduct is requested as you stand before our Lord, and lead the services. Ephesians 3:20-21
Chapel Attendance Requirements
Residential students on the Montgomery campus must attend Chapel every day regardless of their class schedules.
Non-residential students on the Montgomery campus must attend Chapel on days they have class immediately before Chapel. Students are allowed Chapel absences based on the number of required Chapels per week:
- Students scheduled for chapel 4 days a week are allowed 10 such absences per semester.
- Students scheduled for chapel 3 days a week are allowed 8 such absences per semester.
- Students scheduled for chapel 2 days a week are allowed 5 such absences per semester.
Students may email the Dean of Students office to request an absence total. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of their number of absences. Students may not challenge records of chapel absences more than one week after posting.
- Students are responsible for presenting their ID for scanning and attendance verification.
- Every 3 tardies (after Chapel worship begins) will be assigned one absence. Students who are more than 10 minutes tardy will be counted absent.
- If a student leaves chapel prior to its conclusion without proper approval from the Dean of Students office, the student will be assessed two absences.
- Students on an approved University-sponsored event whose name appears on the list submitted by the event Sponsor may have Chapel attendance waived for the event.
- Chapel attendance records will weigh heavily in considering student's housing arrangement, student awards, and club awards.
Excessive Absences-Disciplinary Actions
Absences beyond the allowable limit will be treated as follows:
First absence over limit
- $75 fine
- The student is notified by email from the Dean of Students office, and the student's account will be placed on hold.
Second absence over limit
- Possible forfeit of institutional scholarships; Restrictions on club activities, intramurals, intercollegiate sports, school sponsored trips, etc., chapel probation
Sixth absence over limit
- Student subject to dismissal from the University
- If a student is placed on chapel probation in any given semester, and has excessive absences the following semester, they are subject to dismissal from the University.