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Turn Events into Stepping Stones ACSD Conference 2004 Brad Carter Former Director of Chapel Programs Abilene Christian University Mark Lewis Director of Spiritual Life & Student Ministries Abilene Christian University Objectives Articulate a vision for Chapel as process

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Turn Events into Stepping Stones

ACSD Conference 2004


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  • Brad Carter

  • Former Director of Chapel Programs

  • Abilene Christian University

  • Mark Lewis

  • Director of Spiritual Life & Student Ministries

  • Abilene Christian University


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Objectives

  • Articulate a vision for Chapel as process

  • Make connections between life, culture, campus activities, academics and Chapel

  • Integrate Chapel into the journey of campus spiritual formation


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EVENT vs. PROCESS

Encourages decisions

Encourages development

Motivates people

Matures people

Is a calendar issue

Is a consistency issue

Usually about a big group

Usually about a small group


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EVENT vs. PROCESS

Challenges people

Changes people

Becomes a catalyst

Becomes a culture

Is easy

Is difficult


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PROCESSING events and far too little emphasis on process. Both are necessary,

Discussion or reflection upon an experience; should always follow event!

PROCESS

A global plan for change

Includes events, processing, etc.


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ENVIRONMENTS events and far too little emphasis on process. Both are necessary,

  • Foyer Environments

  • Sunday morning worship:

  • challenge & get acquainted


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ENVIRONMENTS events and far too little emphasis on process. Both are necessary,

  • Living Room Environments

  • Area fellowships:

  • Equipping and identify group


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ENVIRONMENTS events and far too little emphasis on process. Both are necessary,

  • Kitchen Environments

  • Community groups:

  • Intimate relationships

  • Life change


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ENVIRONMENTS events and far too little emphasis on process. Both are necessary,

Foyer Environments

Mandatory Chapel

School-wide Service Day

Living Room Environments

Small groups

Coffee houses

Kitchen Environments

Mentoring


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Spiritual Formation Environments: events and far too little emphasis on process. Both are necessary, A Model

  • Christ-like graduates


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PROCESS: SEXUAL PURITY events and far too little emphasis on process. Both are necessary,

Foyer Environments

Chapel talk

Panel discussions

Living Room Environments

Small groups

Mini-retreat for

married students

Kitchen Environments

Confession & Counseling

Overwhelming e-mail responses


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PROCESSING ABOUT THE PROCESS events and far too little emphasis on process. Both are necessary,

  • Where is your school or program?

  • Event-driven or Process-driven?

  • Doing intentional processing?


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CHAPEL @ ABILENE CHRISTIAN events and far too little emphasis on process. Both are necessary,

  • “Plugging holes” with

  • Occasional, unintentional processing

  • Semantic attempts at Chapel connections with academics

  • “campus-wide classroom”

  • “curriculum”


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CHAPEL @ ABILENE CHRISTIAN events and far too little emphasis on process. Both are necessary,

  • Intentionality & Chapel Curriculum

  • Curriculum: a plan for learning or change (definition of process!)


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ACU’s 4-YEAR CHAPEL CURRICULUM events and far too little emphasis on process. Both are necessary,


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DREAM of UNIVERSITY PROCESS events and far too little emphasis on process. Both are necessary,

  • Chapel/university curriculum integrated into all

  • academic classes and

  • campus-life activities

  • coffee houses, movies, small groups, printed resources, etc. to produce Christ-like graduates


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IDEAS for the NEXT STEP: StuDev Pros events and far too little emphasis on process. Both are necessary,

  • Orient all your activities into process

  • (Begin collaborating rather than coordinating)

  • Connect with others in your work environment

  • Build relationships with faculty/academics

  • Identify natural bridges between our process attempts and academic process attempts; (Bible,

  • Sociology, Psychology, etc.)


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ACU RESOURCES events and far too little emphasis on process. Both are necessary,

  • http://www.acu.edu/campusoffices/

  • chapel/acsd

  • Research paper on Chapel

  • Bibliography for further study

  • ACU Chapel Curricula

  • ACSD Conference presentation


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  • How can you adapt events and far too little emphasis on process. Both are necessary,

  • this into your university?


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