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 • Make connections between life, culture, campus activities, academics and Chapel • Integrate Chapel into the journey of campus spiritual formation
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. PROCESS Challenges people Changes people Becomes a catalyst Becomes a culture Is easy Is difficult
“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
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!
PROCESSING Discussion or reflection upon an experience; should always follow event! PROCESS A global plan for change Includes events, processing, etc.
ENVIRONMENTS • Foyer Environments • Sunday morning worship: • challenge & get acquainted
ENVIRONMENTS • Living Room Environments • Area fellowships: • Equipping and identify group
ENVIRONMENTS • Kitchen Environments • Community groups: • Intimate relationships • Life change
ENVIRONMENTS Foyer Environments Mandatory Chapel School-wide Service Day Living Room Environments Small groups Coffee houses Kitchen Environments Mentoring
Spiritual Formation Environments:A Model • Christ-like graduates
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 • Where is your school or program? • Event-driven or Process-driven? • Doing intentional processing?
CHAPEL @ ABILENE CHRISTIAN • “Plugging holes” with • Occasional, unintentional processing • Semantic attempts at Chapel connections with academics • “campus-wide classroom” • “curriculum”
CHAPEL @ ABILENE CHRISTIAN • Intentionality & Chapel Curriculum • Curriculum: a plan for learning or change (definition of 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 • 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 • http://www.acu.edu/campusoffices/ • chapel/acsd • Research paper on Chapel • Bibliography for further study • ACU Chapel Curricula • ACSD Conference presentation
Tim Elmore’s web site • www.growingleaders.com
How can you adapt • this into your university?