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 solitude...time alone with God alone.
- 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-centered commitment...meditation, prayer, fasting, study, simplicity, submission, service, confession, worship, spiritual direction and hospitality.
- Connecting in ministry & service: The healing actions we offer in the world that flow from the Spirit of God at work in us and through us
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.