Spiritual Life Credits

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To help each student engage in intentional spiritual growth at Jessup, we created Spiritual Life Credits to encourage participation in a variety of discipleship, outreach, and service experiences.  This transformative co-curricular program is a hallmark of the unique Christ-centered education students receive at Jessup.  In addition to ongoing chapel participation, all full-time (12+ units) traditional students are expected to complete a variety of experiences to earn Spiritual Life Credits in order to graduate.

Spiritual Life Credit Requirement

The number of Spiritual Life Credits required for each student is dependent upon the number of units accepted by the Registrar’s office upon their admission to the university. The number of credits required is averaged at 2 per semester starting the first semester of your sophomore year.

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0-44 units = 12 Spiritual Life Credits required to graduate

45-59 units = 10 Spiritual Life Credits required to graduate

60-74 units = 8 Spiritual Life Credits required to graduate

75+ units = 6 Spiritual Life Credits required to graduate


Spiritual Life Credit Options

You may choose from the following options to craft your personal co-curricular spiritual formation experience at Jessup.  Along the way you must accrue at least one Discipleship Credit and at least one Outreach Credit to graduate, though we encourage participation in the Christian Service Credit as well.

Outreach Credit Options

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Outreach is focused on introducing people outside the church to the love of God.  These experiences involve students sharing the love and hope of Jesus with others in a personal and intentional way. Outreach credit is a required category. You need to obtain at least 1 credit of Outreach.

  1. Local Outreach: 1 credit for every 4 hours of service
  2. Global Outreach / Mission Trip: 4 credits*
    1. *Minimum of 7 days on the field
  3. Outreach Equipping Conference: 1 credit*
    1. *Must complete at least 4 hours of workshops, sessions, or intentional training to receive credit. One credit maximum will be awarded per qualifying retreat/conference.

Discipleship Credit Options

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Discipleship  is focused on equipping and growing each student spiritually. These experiences involve some form of community and intentional spiritual pursuit. Discipleship credit is a required category. You you need to obtain at least 1 credit of Discipleship.

  1. Jessup Spiritual Formation Group (SFG): 2 credits
  2. Church Small Group: 2 credits*
    1. *Must meet for at least 1 hour every week for at least 9 weeks during a semester
  3. Intentional Mentorship: 2 credits*
    1. *Must meet for at least 1 hour every week for at least 9 weeks during a semester
  4. Discipleship Retreat/Conference: 1 credit*
    1. *Must complete at least 4 hours of workshops, sessions, or intentional training to receive credit.  One credit maximum will be awarded per qualifying retreat/conference.

Christian Service Credit Options

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Christian Service is focused on being the hands and feet of Jesus in our communities. These experiences involve students using their gifts to tangibly serve others and put their faith in action. Christian Service is not a required category, but is optional.

  1. Local Church, Christian Organization & Christian Service: 1 credit for every 4 hours of service*
    1. *Maximum credits earned per semester for Christian service category  is 2
    2. *Cannot receive more than half of your total required credits from this credit option
    3. *Volunteer service on campus at Jessup does not qualify for credit, as the goal is to encourage students to serve in the local church and greater community.   

Spiritual Life Credit Policies

General Policies

  1. Students must accrue at least one credit in both the Discipleship and Outreach categories. Students are not required to participate in the Christian Service Credit option, but we welcome earning credit by serving in your local church.
  2. The maximum Spiritual Life Credits students can earn in any semester is 4.
  3. Students may receive no more than half of their total required credits from the Christian Service Credit option. (For example: a four-year student may only earn 6 credits from this option.)


Parameters for Partnership Options

  1. Spiritual Life Credits can be earned through partnering with an organization that aligns with or promotes Jessup’s Community Covenant and Campus Mission and whose main focus agrees with our Campus Ministries partnership parameters.
  2. With the exception of approved Jessup Student Leaders, students cannot be supervised by a current Jessup student or a member of his/her own family.


Applying For Spiritual Life Credit

Students who enroll to participate in a Jessup Spiritual Formation Group are automatically credited for their Spiritual Life Credits when their grade is posted at the end of the semester.  For all other Spiritual Life Experiences (local outreach, global outreach, local church small groups, etc.) please fill out a Spiritual Life Credit Form online.

If you prefer a paper process, print out a Spiritual Life Credit Form (links below), complete the top portion of the first page, and give it to your group leader/service supervisor to fill out.  The form must then be returned to the Student Life Office to be processed.  The report will be looked over by a Campus Ministries staff member and approved if the requirements and regulations are met. Paper Spiritual Life Credit Forms can be found below:

  1. Discipleship Spiritual Life Credit Paper Form
  2. Outreach Spiritual Life Credit Paper Form
  3. Christian Service Spiritual Life Credit Paper Form

Forms must be submitted the Friday before finals week of each semester. Forms for credit earned over the summer are due by the Add/Drop Date of the following Fall semester. A $25 late fee will be charged for each form turned in after the due date. You may only turn in Spiritual Life Credit Forms for approval once you have accumulated 4 hours of approved service. Forms submitted for less than 4 hours cannot be eligible for half or partial credit and will not result in credit being approved.


Earning Credit

  1. Credit is contingent upon approval by the Office of Campus Ministries. It should not be assumed that all forms of discipleship or outreach opportunities will be awarded credit and final approval is based upon the supervisor’s review and Jessup’s Office of Campus Ministries.
  2. Forms submitted for participation at churches, organizations, businesses or functions that do not align with William Jessup University’s Statement of Faith, Community Covenant, and Campus Ministries partnership parameters will not be approved for credit.
  3. If you are unsure if your desired discipleship or service experience will meet the Spiritual Life Credit Requirements, please feel free to contact campusministries@jessup.edu for clarification prior to participation.
  4. Credit cannot be awarded for paid internships, student teaching positions, and other paid or for-credit activities.
  5. Participation in service and discipleship opportunities prior to enrollment at William Jessup University are not eligible for approval.
  6. Service done through a single entity during a semester or summer may count for one, but not multiple, credit categories.