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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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Brad Carter
  • Former Director of Chapel Programs
  • Abilene Christian University
  • Mark Lewis
  • Director of Spiritual Life & Student Ministries
  • Abilene Christian University
objectives
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
event vs process
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

event vs process5
EVENT vs. PROCESS

Challenges people

Changes people

Becomes a catalyst

Becomes a culture

Is easy

Is difficult

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“In our ministry, we’ve placed far too much emphasis on events and far too little emphasis on process. Both are necessary,
  • but we frequently neglect
  • the power of process.”
  • Tim Elmore, Leveraging Your Influence
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Plan no more events without an accompanying process
  • Activities are not
  • about doing activities.
  • Chapel is not about doing chapel.
  • All should be part of the process!
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PROCESSING

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

PROCESS

A global plan for change

Includes events, processing, etc.

environments
ENVIRONMENTS
  • Foyer Environments
  • Sunday morning worship:
  • challenge & get acquainted
environments10
ENVIRONMENTS
  • Living Room Environments
  • Area fellowships:
  • Equipping and identify group
environments11
ENVIRONMENTS
  • Kitchen Environments
  • Community groups:
  • Intimate relationships
  • Life change
environments12
ENVIRONMENTS

Foyer Environments

Mandatory Chapel

School-wide Service Day

Living Room Environments

Small groups

Coffee houses

Kitchen Environments

Mentoring

process sexual purity
PROCESS: SEXUAL PURITY

Foyer Environments

Chapel talk

Panel discussions

Living Room Environments

Small groups

Mini-retreat for

married students

Kitchen Environments

Confession & Counseling

Overwhelming e-mail responses

processing about the process
PROCESSING ABOUT THE PROCESS
  • Where is your school or program?
  • Event-driven or Process-driven?
  • Doing intentional processing?
chapel @ abilene christian
CHAPEL @ ABILENE CHRISTIAN
  • “Plugging holes” with
  • Occasional, unintentional processing
  • Semantic attempts at Chapel connections with academics
  • “campus-wide classroom”
  • “curriculum”
chapel @ abilene christian17
CHAPEL @ ABILENE CHRISTIAN
  • Intentionality & Chapel Curriculum
  • Curriculum: a plan for learning or change (definition of process!)
dream of university process
DREAM of UNIVERSITY PROCESS
  • 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
ideas for the next step studev pros
IDEAS for the NEXT STEP: StuDev Pros
  • 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.)
acu resources
ACU RESOURCES
  • 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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Tim Elmore’s web site
  • www.growingleaders.com
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How can you adapt
  • this into your university?
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