Spiritual Formation/Quest Policy

QUEST (Spiritual Formation) Event Credit Requirement
The University desires that students engage in Spiritual Formation experiences as a significant mission-focused aspect of their education while attending ACU. An approved menu of spiritual formation opportunities is offered at acu.edu/spiritual-formation to guide students in meeting ACU’s required QUEST Credits. Student Life, and specifically the Spiritual Formation/Chapel Office are charged with the responsibility to honor and maintain the integrity of this requirement.

Credit Requirements
Undergraduate students under the age of 25 are required to earn 55 QUEST (spiritual formation event) credits each semester of fulltime enrollment (12 or more hours). Exemptions may be granted for student teaching or for some work-related reasons. However, with multiple opportunities to earn credits at various times during each week of the semester, exemptions are not common.

A typical student would need to earn an average of 4 credits per week for 14 weeks of the semester to complete his/her QUEST requirement.

  • The 11:11:30 am timeslot is reserved for daily chapel experiences M-F at ACU. Many students choose to attend Moody Chapel three days per week at 11 am to earn most of their QUEST credits. If a student chooses to attend one (1) small group chapel each week in addition to attending Moody Chapels, meeting the QUEST requirement is simple.
  • Other approved QUEST events are offered during each week at times other than 11-11:30 am. These programs are approved in advance by the Spiritual Formation/Chapel Office and are listed on the Quest app and at acu.edu/quest.

 

Events that Qualify for Credit
Students are required to earn 55 credits through attendance at approved spiritual formation (QUEST) events each semester. Each regularly-scheduled QUEST event counts toward the 55 credits.
QUEST credit can be earned through these scheduled events: 

  1. Moody Chapel on MWF at 11 am
  2. QUEST Small Group Experiences on T or TH at 11 am
  3. QUEST approved events throughout the week
    -- Small group Bible study, prayer groups, worship experiences
    --Weekly Faith in Action community service
  4. QUEST approved events during the semester
    -- Spiritual Formation Series events on various topics
    -- One-time events with special speakers on faith, calling, service, and/or discipleship

 

Approved events may be found on the QUEST app at acu.edu/quest 

Exemption Requests
QUEST (spiritual formation) event credits are offered each semester at many different times and locations, so the minimum number of credits can be earned even if a student is required to work during the 11:00 a.m. hour each day of the week. Exemption requests are handled on an individual basis. 

Important reminders:

  1. The process and required forms for exemptions are available on the Spiritual Formation web site at acu.edu/quest, and in the Spiritual Formation/Chapel Office.
  2. Students requesting an exemption must submit a new Exemption Request each semester.
  3. In order to receive the full number of exemptions, the exemption must be processed within the first two weeks of any semester, or within two weeks from the beginning date of any reason given for the exemption (new employment, diagnosed chronic illness, etc.). Students must submit evidence of the reason for the exemption; e.g., letter from new employer on company letterhead, doctor’s note, etc.
  4. Failure to submit an exemption request by the appropriate deadline may result in a student’s failure to earn enough credits for the semester. Exemption requests received after the first two weeks of the semester will be prorated (to a reduced number of credits) if they are approved.
  5. A student who is approved for a 5 day-per-week exemption will still be required to earn 5 QUEST credits.

 

Daily Spiritual Formation Events at ACU
The university desires that students engage in regular spiritual formation events as a significant experience in their education while attending ACU. ACU’s Board of Trustees has prioritized daily opportunities for students: "Because chapel is important to the institutional identity and Christ-centered focus of the university, the President will not operate without required daily chapel activities for full-time undergraduate students. (Board Policy Manual 2.8)
 
QUEST (Spiritual Formation) Event Schedule and Attendance Procedures
Moody Chapel meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. during the fall and spring semesters, except on university-approved holidays (Fall Break, Thanksgiving Break, Christmas Break, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Spring Break, and Good Friday). Chapel on the first day of classes during the fall semester is the official Opening Assembly for the university.

  • Attendance for Chapel in Moody Coliseum is registered by sliding a student ID through one of the card readers between 10:45 and 11:03 a.m. and again within 10 minutes after Chapel is dismissed.

 

Small Group Chapels of all sizes and interests meet on Tuesday and Thursdays from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. A detailed list of these QUEST events can be found at acu.edu/quest.

  • Attendance for QUEST small group chapels is registered by checking in via the QUEST smartphone app, or sliding a student ID through a portable card reader before the event begins. Faculty/staff sponsor or the designated attendance proctor can provide additional onsite details for successful check-in.

 

Service Experiences 

  • Students who serve regularly (once per week) in a local non-profit may apply for Faith in Action credit and receive one credit per week for their service experience. Faith in Action applications must be submitted within the first two weeks of the semester in order to receive the full 15 hours of QUEST credit.
  • One time service experiences may count for credit, but only if they are approved as QUEST events. A faculty/staff sponsor must submit the online QUEST application at least 7 days in advance of the event to be considered for approval.

 

One-time QUEST events (special presentations, spiritual formation series’, etc.)

  • The QUEST app will provide a menu of the approved one-time QUEST events. Student may select events and add them into an individual queue to keep track of what they plan to attend for credit.

 

Guidelines for Registering Your Attendance at Spiritual Formation Events
Moody Coliseum

  • For QUEST or Chapel events located in Moody Coliseum, a student must slide his or her card at the beginning and again at the end of Chapel in order to be counted present. Attendance is not registered for any student sliding in late or sliding out early.
  • In Moody Coliseum, an official from the Spiritual Formation/Chapel Office slides an administrative ID card through a card reader after the closing prayer. Any student who slides his or her card before this official time stamp will not receive attendance credit.

 

All other QUEST Events locations

  • Attendance for approved QUEST Events (including Departmental Chapels) that meet outside of Moody Coliseum is registered by the QUEST smartphone app or by sliding a student ID through a portable card reader. 


Consequences for Failure to Fulfill QUEST (spiritual formation) Event Credit Requirements
Students are responsible for monitoring their QUEST credits online on their QUEST app.  Moody Chapel credits will be uploaded into the QUEST app on a weekly basis.

The Spiritual Formation/Chapel Office strongly recommends that students check their QUEST credit balance on a weekly basis.

Students who have questions or concerns regarding their credit balance are encouraged to contact the Spiritual Formation/Chapel Office by phone (325-674-2867), email (quest@acu.edu), or in person. The office is located in the lower level of the Campus Center.

Upon the completion of any semester, students who did not attain sufficient QUEST credits will be placed on Chapel probation and notified by email to their ACU email account during finals week. Students placed on Chapel probation may contact the Spiritual Formation/Chapel Office with any questions. This process is outlined in the email and also on the Spiritual Formation website at acu.edu/spiritual-formation.
 
Chapel Attendance Probation
Failure to meet the QUEST credit requirement may result in Chapel Probation. When a student is placed on Chapel probation, this status is in effect for the following full semester. During the semester of probation a student will be restricted from participation in certain extracurricular activities, including but not limited to all student productions, intramurals, leadership positions, and/or award nominations.

Deferred Chapel Probation
Failure to meet the QUEST credit requirement may result in Deferred Chapel Probation. Deferred Probation may be offered to a student who (1) has earned at least 80% of his/her required QUEST credits and (2) is not already on Chapel Probation or Deferred Chapel Probation.

Chapel Integrity Violations
Students are not permitted to slide someone else’s card to indicate QUEST attendance, slide their own cards and not attend all of Chapel, check-in on the QUEST app and leave the chapel, or check-in for someone else who is not in attendance. A “slide and glide” first offense will result in a mandatory meeting with the Spiritual Formation/Chapel Office and may result in being placed on conduct probation. Upon a second occurrence a student will be placed on conduct probation and required to meet with the Dean of Students.
 
Special Requests for QUEST (spiritual formation) Event  Credit
Any curriculum-based, special, or non-small group requests for QUEST Event credit must be submitted online by a faculty or staff member using the QUEST Event Credit application form found at acu.edu/spiritual-formation.