Chapel

Olivet University Chapel assists in the spiritual development of students' Christian character: spirit, mind, and body. As a vital activity for which the University community meets regularly, Chapel contributes significantly to the spiritual development for students. Consequently, Chapel is viewed as an integral part of the Olivet experience.

Olivet University International students are required to attend Chapel and have a participatory attitude towards worship. Absences due to "extended" illness, referring to sickness or injury from which a student is either hospitalized or unable to attend class for a week, can be excused. Absences due to the death of a family member, or participation in jury duty, are excusable in a similar manner. Absences for any other reason will not be excused. Students will only need to excuse the difference between chapels taken and required, not between chapels taken and offered.

Broadcasted Chapel will be uploaded in the Chapel Classroom of MyOlivet. Attendance at chapels and school-wide convocations is required during each quarter of enrollment at Olivet.


Spiritual Formation

Olivet University International wants to provide an atmosphere of spiritual enrichment through Christian living, allowing students, staff, faculty, and administration to receive the power of the Holy Spirit and live emboldened by Jesus Christ.


PERSONAL SPIRITUAL FORMATION

Olivet University International students are required to attend Chapel and have a participatory attitude towards worship. Absences due to "extended" illness, referring to sickness or injury from which a student is either hospitalized or unable to attend class for a week, can be excused. Absences due to the death of a family member, or participation in jury duty, are excusable in a similar manner. Absences for any other reason will not be excused. Students will only need to excuse the difference between chapels taken and required, not between chapels taken and offered.

To this end, Olivet actively seeks to cultivate the habit of continuous scriptural study and the practice of discipleship in our students

DAILY “QUIET TIME”

Olivet encourages students to devote time each day to bible reading, “Quiet Time,” meditation, and prayer. However, this foundation of biblical knowledge should not be the end, but rather the start of a deepening relationship with the scriptures. Such a relationship requires reflection, especially in the forms of meditation and writing. To achieve this end, the Olivet University community collectively engages in “Quiet Time” (QT) at the beginning of each day to meditate on the scriptures.

PRAYER

Olivet University strongly encourages students to maintain a daily prayer-time. Students can participate in “Set-time prayer,” a prayer given at a specific time of day over a period of time. Students can also do “Continuous prayer,” which can be done spontaneously.

The Olivet University Chapel is open for morning and evening prayers to the entire community.

Students are encouraged to attend the broadcasted services live, or view the taped recordings later on.

FASTING

Fasting is abstaining from food for a period of time in order to master the cravings of the physical realm, thus opening the self to the spiritual world. Fasting is more than a diet adjustment- it involves spiritual intensity and prayer intercession. Fasting should always be accompanied with prayer, meditation, and scriptural study. Anyone may fast voluntarily for a personal prayer topic or for self-discipline. However, students are strongly advised to counsel with a pastor or University Chaplain before deciding to fast.

EVANGELIZING

Olivet University desires to train disciples of Jesus Christ to serve as leaders in Christian mission and ministry. Thus, Olivet’s community members should not conclude by knowing God. Rather, they must practice the teachings of the scriptures by actively seeking to make Him known to the world. To this end, Olivet University strongly encourages students to incorporate daily evangelism into their academic and personal routines.

RETREATS

Olivet University holds regular retreats that are co-sponsored by affiliate WOA churches and ministries, which feature sustained time for prayer, biblical studies, and fellowship. These gatherings usually take place seasonally and are led by a group of WOA pastors, worship leaders, and administrators at Olivet. Students frequently assume leadership roles at these gatherings and hold responsibility for organizing event activities. Participants often testify that retreats encourage a deeper spiritual experience at Olivet, while cultivating stronger community bonds. Retreat locations will vary. Broadcasting services are provided.

PRAYER MEETINGS

Olivet University International recommends that its students attend regular prayer meetings at their local churches.

COUNSELING

Students are encouraged to communicate openly, but respectfully, with all Olivet staff members, and to seek spiritual guidance at any time. Personal counseling is intended to help students better adjust to their University experience and to provide support for their personal walks of faith. Olivet also encourages students to maintain ties with WOA church leaders throughout their studies.

Olivet University International also allows students to seek counseling services available in their local areas by requesting referrals from our office.

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