Spiritual Formation Groups

Spiritual Formation Groups (SFG’s)

We believe spiritual growth is meant to take place in community with other believers.  Our Jessup Spiritual Formation Groups (SFGs) are our version of small groups of 4-10 students formed with the purpose of studying scripture and building relationships on a more intimate level.  We offer a wider variety of groups and topics to help meet students wherever they are at in their spiritual development.

Whether you are looking to explore the Christian faith for the first time, deepen your personal relationship with Jesus and understanding of the Bible, or grow your ability to apply your faith in practical ways, we have a group for you.

Participation in a SFG allows each student to become accountable to a small group, interact with others on tough issues as they relate to the Bible, and support one another through prayer and friendship. Students may register for a SFG through their Student Portal as they would for a class during open registration. Students may choose from a variety of leaders, topics, and time slots (see SFG Catalog for detailed descriptions of next semester’s on campus SFG opportunities).  Each  completed semester in a Jessup SFG is worth 2 Spiritual Life Credits.

  • Note: SFGs are free to all full-time students as a foundational part of our co-curricular Spiritual Formation Program.

SFG Group Credit

A “Credit” or “No Credit” grade will be given at the end of the semester solely based on group attendance. Students who receive semester credit will earn two (2) spiritual formation credits toward spiritual formation requirements. Students may also receive credit for a Christian church small groups with proper prior approval.

Credit for non-Jessup Small Groups

Spiritual life credits can be attained during the semester or over the summer for eligible small groups at a local Christian church or Christian para-church ministry that aligns itself with the William Jessup Universities Doctrinal statement, Community Covenant, and Campus Ministry partnership parameters.   To ensure that the small group meets Jessup’s Spiritual Life Credit parameters we recommend filling out an External Spiritual Life Credit Proposal Form.  This helps eliminate any confusion about what is and is not eligible for credit before the experience is completed.  (Forms are available at the Student Life office)

Like our Jessup SFGs, your small group participation credit is based upon your faithful attendance to the group.  You must attend the small group 10 times during the course of the semester or summer in order to receive credit for your small group.

To receive credit for your small group you must submit a completed Spiritual Life Credit Form to the office of Student life and include the topic of your group, the number of times you attended in the semester/summer, and the signature of the small group leader verifying your faithful participation to the group.

Spiritual Life Credit Forms are due at the end of each semester (or summer term) and may be turned in to the Student Life office no later than the Friday before finals week for eligibility.  Summer forms can be submitted up until the Fall add/drop deadline.  A $25 late fee will be assessed for forms submitted after the deadline.

Spiritual Formation Group and Small Group Distinctives

Any SFG or external small groups eligible for credit will:

  • Have at least 4 members
  • Make the studying of the Bible and the building of relationship their main objectives in meeting together
  • Align with WJU’s Statement of Faith, and Community Covenant as well church heritage
  • Be comprised of members 18 years or older (other college peers or adults)
    • Small group leadership in high school, middle school, or elementary age contexts is considered Church volunteer service and is eligible for Church Volunteer Credit, not SFG/Small Group Credit

Leading an SFG at Jessup

If you are interested in learning more about how you can lead an SFG at Jessup contact our Campus Ministries Discipleship Coordinator Kevin Pense at kpense@jessup.edu for more information.