Spiritual Formation Requirements

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Spiritual Formation at Jessup – Purpose & Requirements

At William Jessup University we believe that personal spiritual development is a vital part of each student’s education.  To complement the Christ-centered teaching in the classroom Campus Ministries has designed an intentional menu of experiences, resources, and training environments to equip our students to know and follow Jesus.  We believe every person is created by God to have a personal relationship with Him through the person of Jesus Christ and the transforming work of the Holy Spirit.  Because of this it is our passion and privilege to help all students at Jessup explore, deepen, and apply their faith for the glory of God and the good of the world.   From our weekly Chapel services and small groups, to our local and global outreaches, Campus Ministries is excited to encourage students as they embrace their God given identity and calling.

To empower students to invest in their spiritual formation at Jessup we have created a simple, flexible set of requirements:

  • Accrue at least 20 Chapels Credits each semester by attending and engaging in several Chapel services a week
  • Accrue at least 12 Spiritual Life Credits before graduation by completing your own customized combination of the discipleship and outreach experiences offered by Jessup and our local church partners

These requirements are necessary to register for classes each semester and to qualify for graduation from William Jessup University.  It is the responsibility of each student to track and complete these requirements in full and on time.

The Office of Campus Ministries is glad to assist any student who has questions about the Spiritual Formation Requirements and the policies and expectations of the Spiritual Formation Program in general.  Detailed information on all aspects of the program are described below.  Please read the following policies thoroughly so you know what is being asked and expected from each student at Jessup.

We look forward to investing in your life and spiritual growth during these transformative years at William Jessup University!

Chapel at Jessup

Chapel is the heartbeat of community worship at William Jessup University. Three times a week we join together as students, faculty, staff, and administration to worship God, study His Word, and hear from a broad diversity of speakers and artists from within our community and all over the world. WJU Chapels are held during the fall and spring semesters with the exception of school breaks and major holidays.

Because we believe students will be blessed by this time of worship and message, it is required for all full-time students to attend Chapel regularly.  (See our Chapel Policies & Requirementsfor more information on specific Chapel attendance policies).

Visitors are welcome.

Chapel Times and Locations

Morning Chapel

Wednesday Morning – 9:30am – 10:20am
Friday Morning – 9:30am – 10:20am

** Morning Chapels meet in the academic warehouse.

Evening Chapel

Monday Evening – 8pm-9pm (This is our student led Chapel)

** Evening Chapel meets in the Lecture Hall

Chapel Policies

Each full time student is required to attend a minimum of 20 of the 40+ Chapel services offered each semester.  We ask all students to comply with the following Chapel policies:

Scanning in to Chapel

  1. Students must present their Jessup Student Photo ID at the entrance to Chapel to receive credit.
    • Please visit the Student Life office if your Student ID is lost or unscanable.
    • Students who attempt to falsify their chapel attendance or assist others in doing so will be subject to disciplinary actions.
  2. Chapel scanning begins 15 minutes before the start of each Chapel service.
    • We encourage all students to arrive early to ensure they make it in the doors on time to receive Chapel credit.
  3. Chapel attendance will not be taken after 9:35am at Morning Chapel and 8:05pm at Evening Chapel.
    • Students arriving more than five minutes late will not receive Chapel credit for that day, however, they are still welcome to attend the Chapel service.

During Chapel

Chapel is a sacred space set aside for the express purpose of encountering God and being encouraged in Christian community.  To protect the integrity, depth, and connectivity of each Chapel service we want to create an environment free from distractions.  For this reason we ask that during Chapel you set aside everything that will pull your attention (and the attention of those around you) away from hearing what God would like to communicate to you.

Please observe the following Chapel policies:

  1. Texting, games, apps, and social media use on a phone or any other device is not allowed during Chapel as they are a distraction for you and those around you from hearing from God.
    • If you do have pressing business or an emergency you must attend to, a student may leave Chapel for up to 10 minutes to respond to an important missed call or text.
  2. Headphones are never allowed during the Chapel service.
  3. Laptops are not allowed to be open during Chapel for any reason.
  4. Please keep phones, tablets, and electronic devices in your pocket, purse, or bag unless they are being referenced for Bible reading or sermon notes.
    • The only exception to this is if a speaker or presenter asks you to take out your phone/device to use for a panel, poll, or illustration.
  5. Students are not permitted to move chairs to create their own seating areas.
  6. Tampering with or moving the Chapel perimeter drapery is not allowed.
  7. Students who are distracting themselves or others from focusing in Chapel will be asked to cease this activity immediately and may be asked to leave Chapel altogether, thus losing their Chapel credit for that day.

The discipline of abstaining from phones, devices, homework, and other distractions to focus on God is countercultural, but it WILL be a blessing if you practice it faithfully.  Please respect the heart and purpose of our Chapel services by diligently adhering to these policies.

Leaving Chapel

  1. Should a student need to step out of Chapel to use the restroom or take a brief important phone call, they must check out using their student ID with the attendance monitor at the Chapel entrance.   The attendance monitor will return the ID when the student returns to Chapel.
    1. If a student abuses this freedom, they may have their Chapel credit taken away for that day.
    2. If a pattern of abuse emerges, the student will be subject to disciplinary actions.
  2. Students leaving early from Chapel with plans to not return must check out with the Chapel monitor at the Chapel main entrance.
  3. Students may only exit Chapel through the main entry and exit doors.  Leaving through the fire exit doors is prohibited.
  4. Students who attempt to leave Chapel without checking out with the Chapel monitor will lose their Chapel attendance credit for that day and be subject to disciplinary actions.
  5. Students who attempt to falsify their Chapel attendance through any means (including sneaking out early, having another student scan their ID on their behalf, etc.) will be subject to disciplinary actions. Cheating or lying to receive Chapel attendance credit will not be tolerated.

Chapel Absences

  1. Because there are more than enough Chapel opportunities provided, students will not be excused from Chapels due to sickness, vacation, or other unforeseen absences and should plan their semester accordingly.
  2. It is the responsibility of each student to track their own Chapel credits via their online student portal to ensure they meet the requirement for class enrollment/graduation each semester.
  3. Students who foresee that attending 20 Chapels in the course of a semester may be impossible due to life/work obligations may file an Alternate Chapel Petition within the first week of the semester if they meet the criteria. (See petition for specific details.)

If you have unique needs or challenges that may impact your Chapel attendance, we would be glad to meet with you to talk about how we can support you. Simply contact campusministries@jessup.edu.

Chapel Attendance Requirements

Chapel Attendance Benchmarks for Class Registration

Because class registration for the next semester begins in the latter half of the current semester, students must accrue a quota of Chapel attendance credits to avoid a HOLD being placed on their account for class registration.  It is wise to attend as many Chapels as possible during the beginning of the semester to avoid the possibility of falling short of the Chapel attendance requirement.  A good goal is to plan on attending 2 Chapels per week for the entirety of the semester.  (As a reminder 3 Chapel services are offered per week: Mondays at 8pm, Wednesdays at 9:30am, and Fridays at 9:30am.)

The following deadlines apply for Chapel attendance over the course of Jessup’s 16 week semester:

  1. Students must attend at least 12 Chapels by the end of week 10 of the semester to avoid having a HOLD placed on their student account.
  2. Students will not be eligible to register for classes for the next semester until the HOLD is lifted from their account.
  3. Students must attend at least 20 Chapels by the end of week 15 of the semester as no Chapel services are offered during week 16 which is finals week.
  4. Students who do not complete the 20 Chapel requirement by the end of week 16 (finals week) will be dropped from their classes and may not register until their Chapel requirement is fulfilled.  (For questions about this process e-mail cmpetitions@jessup.edu for instructions on how to have a class registration HOLD lifted due to Chapel attendance non-compliance.)

While these benchmarks may seem arbitrary, they are necessary to ensure that students stay on track to fulfill their Chapel attendance requirement each semester and to avoid any inconvenient class registration HOLDS due to poor planning.  We encourage all students to schedule their Chapel attendance proactively to ensure that they do not fall behind as the pressures of each semester compound near the end of the term.

Alternate Chapel Petitions

Students who foresee that attending 20 Chapels in the course of a semester may be impossible due to life/work obligations may file an Alternate Chapel Petition at the beginning of each semester.  These forms are due the first week of school by 5pm on the ADD/DROP date.  After that date, students must email chapel@jessup.edu to request access to the Alternate Chapel Petition and will be subject to a $25.00 late fee.

To qualify for an Alternate Chapel Agreement, students must meet one or more of the following requirements:

  1. Serve as a primary caretaker of minors (parents and legal guardians only),
  2. Commute more than 10 miles and do not have class within an hour of chapel,
  3. Commute and work more than 30 hours a week,
  4. Face severe health challenges that limit their ability to engage in Chapel,
  5. Participate in a degree required internship that conflicts with the Chapel schedule.

Petitions may only be submitted for the circumstances listed as options on the form.  If approved, students may be eligible to complete up to 8 chapels virtually by watching chapel videos from the current semester on their own time and writing a 2-page reflection paper for each.

Approved petitions are valid only for the term in which it was requested. A new petition must be submitted for each semester.

Chapel Attendance for Graduating Seniors

We encourage all students, especially graduating seniors, to make Chapel attendance a priority as they finish their journey at Jessup.  We hope to see all students engage in Chapel until the very end of their time at Jessup as it is a vital part of our spiritual formation investment in their life, especially as they launch out from Jessup to thrive as a transformational leader for Christ in the world.

Should a graduating senior fall short of his or her necessary units to graduate, that individual will encounter enrollment obstacles if they have not attended at least 20 Chapels and may be unable to register for future classes.

If a graduating senior has legitimate work, internship, or home responsibilities that may interfere with their ability to attend at least 20 Chapels, they may submit a Last Semester Senior Petition and Campus Ministries staff will consider whether a reduction/exemption of Chapel requirements is appropriate.  Please only submit a Last Semester Senior Petition if you qualify for one of the situations listed on the form.  Attempts to petition out of Chapel for convenience alone will not be approved.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Campus Ministries at chapel@jessup.edu.

Non-Attainment of Chapel Credit

Because chapel attendance is an enrollment requirement, students who do not attain credit will be unable to register for classes for the following semester (or dropped from classes for the following semester if already registered), subject to judicial action, and must re-register once cleared.

Chapel Shortage Form

Students who do not complete 20 Chapels during the course of the semester can fill out a Chapel Shortage Form in order to meet the Chapel requirement and prevent them from becoming Chapel non-compliant. In order to be eligible for the Chapel Shortage Form, a student must have completed a minimum of 12 Chapels. The form must be filing in the last two weeks of the semester. Upon filing the form, the student will be subject to a $75.00 fee.

If approved, students may be eligible to complete up to 8 chapels virtually by watching Chapel videos from the current semester on their own time and writing a 2-page reflection paper for each. These Chapel reflection papers are due the Sunday after finals week. If a student fails to complete their Chapel reflection papers by this deadline, they will be considered Chapel non-compliant and will be subject to the progressive consequences of Chapel non-compliance sanctions.

Chapel Non-Compliance Sanctions

Students will be considered Chapel non-compliant if they attended 11 or less Chapels during the semester or failed to complete their Chapel shortage form by the stated deadline. A registration HOLD will be placed on their account and students will be dropped from their classes until sanctions are fulfilled.

  1. Chapel Non-Compliance – Level 1
    1. In a student’s first occurrence of Chapel non-compliance, he/she must:
      1. Sign and complete a Chapel policy acknowledgement and attendance commitment
      2. Pay a $150 Chapel non-compliance fee
      3. Re-register for classes from which they were dropped
  2. Chapel Non-Compliance – Level 2
    1. In a student’s second occurrence of Chapel non-compliance, he/she must:
      1. Sign and complete a Chapel policy acknowledgement and attendance commitment
      2. Pay a $300 Chapel non-compliance fee
      3. Re-register for classes from which they were dropped
  3. Chapel Non-Compliance – Level 3
    1. In a student’s third occurrence of Chapel non-compliance, he/she must:
      1. Sign and complete a Chapel policy acknowledgement and attendance commitment
      2. Pay a $500 Chapel non-compliance fee
      3. Re-register for classes from which he or she was dropped
      4. Appear before a judicial committee to determine whether it will be permitted for the Student to return to Jessup or whether they will be suspended for one semester

Once the Chapel non-compliance fee has been assessed and the contract of acknowledgement has been signed and submitted, students will have the HOLD removed from their account and will be able to re-register for classes.

If you have unique needs or challenges that may impact your Chapel attendance, we would be glad to meet with you to talk about how we can support you. Simply contact campusministries@jessup.edu.

Alternate Chapel Petition Process

The alternate Chapel petition form is available before and during the first two weeks of each semester.  Forms submitted after the second week of the semester will be subject to a $25 late fee.  Please contact cmpetitions@jessup.edu for more information or to request permission to submit a late form.

Alternate Chapel Petition

Students who foresee that attending 20 Chapels in the course of a semester may be impossible due to life/work obligations may file an Alternate Chapel Petition at the beginning of each semester. These forms are due by Friday of the second week of school by 5pm. After that date, students must email cmpetitions@jessup.edu to request a Late Chapel Petition and may be subject to a $25.00 late fee. Students are eligible to receive an Alternative Chapel Agreement if they: Serve as a primary caretaker of minors (parents and legal guardians only), Commute more than 10 miles and do not have class within an hour of chapel, Commute and work more than 30 hours a week, Experience (or chronically suffer from) severe health challenges, or have a qualifying internship for academic purposes. Petitions may only be submitted for the circumstances listed as options on the form. If approved, students may be approved to complete up to 8 chapels virtually by watching chapel videos from the current semester on their own time and writing a 2-page reflection paper for each. Students may petition chapel by using the Alternate Chapel Petition form. Approved petitions are valid only for the term in which it was requested. A new petition must be submitted for each term.

Last Semester Senior Petition

The Last Semester Senior Petition is for Jessup’s Senior level students who are in their final semester as a full time traditional undergraduate student. To qualify for a Chapel reduction or exemption a Senior must provide ample evidence that they are unable to meet the Jessup Chapel minimum requirement of 20 Chapels due to challenging internship, student teaching, or other post graduation responsibilities in progress to prepare for life after Jessup. Chapel is designed to be a spiritually enriching and culturally transformative community context for all Jessup students and our Senior level students are a valuable part of this community. Even IF a reduction or exemption is procured, we encourage all Seniors to attend as many Chapels as they can to be encouraged in their spiritual walk and to soak in the ethos and culture of Jessup as they complete their final leg of their educational journey and head out from here to change the world.

Spiritual Formation at Jessup

At William Jessup University we believe that your personal spiritual development is a vital part of your education.  To supplement the Christ-centered teaching in the classroom the Office of Campus Ministries has custom-built a variety of environments to invest in your spiritual life.  We believe every person is created by God to have a personal relationship with Him through the person of Jesus Christ, and the transforming work of the Holy Spirit. Because of this conviction, we are committed to helping each student grow to be a passionate follower of Jesus.

To aid you in this journey, we have optimized three tracks to invest in your spiritual growth:  Discipleship ExperiencesOutreach Experiences, and Organized Christian Service Experiences.

Discipleship Experiences

Spiritual Formation Groups

Jessup’s Spiritual Formation Groups (SFG’s) are small groups of 4-10 students led by faculty, staff, and student leaders that focus on a specific aspect of the Christian faith.  These groups are available to join from your second semester freshman year through the last semester of your senior year. You can sign up for an SFG by topic or group leader during Fall and Spring registration period into the first week of each semester.  Click the link for more information on Spiritual Formation Groups and Small Groups.

Outreach Experiences

Local & Global Outreach

Our belief is that God has equipped each person with a gift to use to make an impact for Jesus in the world, and we are excited to help you discover your place in serving God as He continues to change lives in the world today.  WJU has a number of local outreach partners that we work with to assist them in their unique work in our community and beyond.  In addition to our local efforts, Jessup also equips and mobilizes students on mission around the world in partnership with our global ministry partners.  Global outreach trips are anywhere from 7-21 days long and are traditionally led by Jessup faculty and staff members.  Click one of the following links for more information on Local Outreach or Global Outreach.

Organized Christian Service Experiences

Local Church or Christian Organization Service

Volunteer service in a local church or Christian parachurch organization may qualify for Spiritual Life Credit.  Because this service is intended to be a complimentary partnership with Jessup’s co-curricular Spiritual Formation program only churches and organizations who match our church partnership and organization agreement will be eligible for Spiritual Life credit at Jessup.  Please review the Partnership Parameters document prior to beginning volunteer service that you intend to apply toward Spiritual Life Credit.  Please fill out a Spiritual Life Credit Form and submit it to the Student Life office so that our Campus Ministries team may review and award credit according to the policies and guidelines of the Spiritual Formation program.  If you have any questions please contact campusministries@jessup.edu.

 

Spiritual Life Credit Requirements

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.

Students are given multiple opportunities to engage in discipleship, outreach, and Christian service – both through Jessup-sponsored programs, and through local churches and nonprofits.  These Spiritual Life Credits are tracked and updated each semester and students may view their total accrued Spiritual Life Credits through the student portal.  It is up to each individual to keep track of their total Spiritual Life Credits on the path to graduation.

The following chart explains the required amount of Spiritual Life Credits for incoming students.  The number of Spiritual Formation Credits required for each student is dependent upon his or her class standing when they are accepted to the university. This number is determined by the number of accepted units the Registrar’s office recognizes toward your Jessup degree.  The number of credits required is averaged at 2 per semester starting the first semester of your sophomore year.

Credit requirements are determined by your number of incoming units. They are outlined in the following scale:  

        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.

Discipleship

Participation in an organized Christian small group, discipleship retreat, or personal mentorship experience focused on equipping and spiritual growth.

  1. Jessup Spiritual Formation Group (SFG) = 2 credits
  2. Church Small Group* = 2 credits*
    • *Must meet for at least 1 hour every week for at least 9 weeks during a semester
  3. Intentional Mentorship = 2 credits*
    • *Must meet for at least 1 hour every week for at least 9 weeks during a semester
  4. Discipleship Retreat = 1 credit*
    • *Must complete at least 4 hours of workshops, sessions, or intentional training to receive credit

Outreach

Participation in a local or global outreach 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.

  1. Local Outreach = 1 credit for every 4 hours of service*
    • *Maximum credits earned per semester for Local Outreaches is 2
  2. Global Outreach / Missions Trip = 4 credits*
    • *Minimum of 7 days on the field
  3. Outreach Equipping Conference = 1 credit*
    • Must complete at least 4 hours of workshops, sessions, or intentional training to receive credit

Christian Service  

Participation in Christian service in a local church, Christian organization, or personal ministry to serve others in the name of Jesus.  These experiences involve students putting their faith in action in practical ways to serve others.  This can be service behind the scenes, ministry partnerships, or interpersonal efforts to help support Christian ministry or grow the faith of others through tangible acts of service.

  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.   

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.

Spiritual Life Credit Process

Students who enroll to participate in a Jessup Spiritual Formation Group and Service Practicum 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, community outreaches, etc.) please fill out a Spiritual Life Credit Formonline.

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/experience supervisor to fill out.  The form must then be returned to the Student Life Office to be processed.  The report will then be looked over by a Campus Ministries Representative 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

Spiritual Life Credit Policies At a Glance:  

  1. General Policies
    1. All full-time students at William Jessup University are required to earn 12 Spiritual Life Credits in order to be eligible for graduation.
    2. Students must accrue at least one credit in both the Discipleship and Outreach categories. Students are not required to participate in the Church Volunteer Credit option, but we welcome offering credit for service in your local church.
    3. The maximum Spiritual Life Credits students can earn in any semester is 4.
    4. Students may receive no more than half of their total required credits from the Church Volunteer Credit option. (For example: a four-year student may only earn 6 credits from this option.)
    5. Students who enrolled prior to Fall 2015 can convert previously awarded service and small group credits using this Spiritual Formation Credit Calculator.
  2. 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.
  3. Applying for Spiritual Life Credit
    1. Spiritual Life Credit 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.
    2. Students 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.
  4. 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 the Office of Campus Ministries 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.

Detailed Spiritual Life Credit Policies and Guidelines

Spiritual Life Credit Diversification

  • All full-time four year students at William Jessup University are required to earn 12 Spiritual Life Credits in order to be eligible for graduation. (Transfers please see transfer credit policy above.)
  • Students must accrue at least one credit in both the Discipleship and Outreach categories.
  • The maximum Spiritual Life Credits students can earn in a single term is four.
  • Students cannot receive more than half of their total required credits from the Church Volunteer Credit option. (For example: a 4 year student may only earn 6 out of 12 SL credits from this option.)
    • NOTE: Students are not required to participate in the Church Volunteer Credit option, but we welcome offering credit for service in a local church.

Spiritual Life Credit Form Requirements

  • Students may only turn in Spiritual Life Credit Forms for approval once they have accumulated seven (7) hours of approved service. Forms submitted for less than seven hours cannot be eligible for half or partial credit and will not result in credit being approved.
  • Spiritual Life Credit Forms must be submitted the Friday before finals week of each semester. Forms for credit earned over the summer term are due by the Add/Drop Date of the Fall semester.
  • A $25 late fee will be charged for each form turned in after the due date.
  • Participation in service and discipleship opportunities prior to enrollment at William Jessup University are not eligible for approval.

Spiritual Life Credit General Policies

  • Credit cannot be awarded for paid internships, student teaching positions and other paid or forcredit activities.
  • 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.

Spiritual Life Credit From Local Church & Christian Organization Partners

  • 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 which are listed on the following page.
  • Spiritual Life Credits are 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.
  • 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.
  • If you are unsure if a discipleship or service experience will meet the Spiritual Life Credit requirements please contact the Office of Campus Ministries for clarification prior to participation.

Spiritual Formation Groups (SFGs)

We believe spiritual growth is meant to take place in a 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 wide 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 an 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).  SFGs are free to all full-time students as a foundational part of our co-curricular Spiritual Formation Program. Each completed semester in a Jessup SFG is worth 2 Spiritual Life Credits.

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 2 Discipleship Credits towards their total Spiritual Life Credit requirement. Students are welcome to attend more than 1 SFG in a semester but can only receive credit for 1. Students may also receive credit for a qualifying Christian church small group that fulfills the SFG goals and requirements.

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 University’s Doctrinal statement, Community Covenant, and Campus Ministry partnership parameters. To ensure that the small group meets Jessup’s Spiritual Life Credit parameters, we recommend contacting the Office of Campus Ministries to verify. This helps eliminate any confusion about what is and is not eligible for credit before the experience is completed.

Like our Jessup SFGs, your small group participation credit is based upon your faithful attendance to the group.  You must attend the small group faithfully and intentionally 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  Spiritual Life Credit Form and include the topic of your group, the number of times you attended in the semester/summer, and answer some reflection questions. Your small group leader will also be contacted to verify 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.  Forms for summer discipleship/small groups must be submitted by the Fall add/drop deadline (at the end of the first week of the semester).  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:

  1. Make the studying of the Bible and the building of relationship their main objectives in meeting together
  2. Align with WJU’s Statement of Faith, and Community Covenant as well as WJU’s heritage
  3. Be comprised of members 18 years or older (other college peers or adults)
    1. 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 Campus Ministries at campusministries@jessup.edu for more information.