Spiritual Formation

One of the most significant ways in which a student develops at ACU is spiritually.

Our vision for spiritual formation at ACU is built on connections:

  • Connecting with God: Exploring one-on-one time with God in a Christ-centered environment.
  • Connecting in new spiritual communities: Gathering together with others who will remind you that you are a beloved child of God.
  • Connecting in personal spiritual practices: Individual and community practices that strengthen our Christ-focused commitment through prayer, study, service, worship, spiritual direction and many others.
  • Connecting in ministry & service: The healing actions we offer in the world flow from the Spirit of God at work in us and through us
  • Exploring Calling and Career: including our God-given strengths and interests that lead us to make choices about how we want to spend our energy and time in work and ministry.

100+ years of faith and fellowship

Gathering daily for a time of fellowship and worship is a time-honored tradition at ACU. Since 1906, we’ve come together as a community for Chapel. Today, our student body is more culturally and religiously diverse than ever, and this diversity is often reflected in the way our students seek and experience God and a Christian community.

Whether congregating in Moody Coliseum for a time of worship and song or meeting with smaller groups for Bible study or reflection, these experiences enrich our lives and support our Christ-centered approach to education. 

The Coalition for Christian Colleges and Universities developed this statement: 

“Spiritual formation is integral to Christian higher education — it is the biblically-guided process in which people are being transformed into the likeness of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit within the faith community in order to love and serve God and others.” 

At ACU, we share this desire to ground our students in Scripture and spiritual practices that lead to transformation into the likeness of Christ to bless others through leadership and service in every corner of the world. With these thoughts in mind, we’ve integrated Chapel into the curriculum: full-time undergraduate students are required to earn 55 spiritual formation credits each semester.

ACU Chapel with Richard Beck

ACU isn’t just changing what it means to study at a Christian university—it’s influencing what it means to be inclusively Christian.

Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.