Chapel is where we intentionally pause from the busyness of life and seek to gather together in Christ's name.
Chapel is held:
- Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 9:45 a.m. in Brown Chapel
- Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:45 a.m. at Liberty Station
- Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. in Brown Chapel
Morning chapels are unique gatherings where we worship in song, participate in open communication, and engage in the prayer ministry at the altar. We come ready to be challenged to encounter God with all our beings — body, mind, heart, and soul — by the preaching of the word, testimony, and creative arts. All are welcome.
Time Out Chapel
Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m., Brown Chapel
In addition to the Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning chapel offerings, PLNU offers students an evening chapel called Time Out. Time Out chapel is a space to worship through song, encouragement, and testimonies, primarily from students, but also from staff, faculty, and guest preachers. This provides beautiful, intimate opportunities for prayer and fellowship.
Why We Gather
PLNU gathers for worship at least four times per week. We often get questions like “why chapel?” or “why is attending chapel required?” We are a Christian university that truly desires to invest in the spiritual growth and maturation of each student. Therefore, we provide opportunities for growth in Christ through four main avenues of expression: prayer, corporate worship, service, and discipleship.
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Chapel Requirements and Attendance Policies
Chapel Attendance Policy
Gathering to worship is critical to who we are as the body of Christ universal and therefore, extremely important for the PLNU community. We value the holistic development of one another and therefore, chapel is an intentional space for community to be nurtured together.
We have the opportunity to gather at a minimum of four times per week. There are usually 40 or 41 morning chapels and 13 or 14 Time Out services, providing students approximately 54 chapel credit opportunities per semester. Additional chapel credits may also be granted through special events, forums, and programs. There are a minimum number of chapel credits a student must acquire each semester based on enrollment status.
Chapel begins at 9:45 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in Brown Chapel and on Mondays and Wednesdays at Liberty Station. Time Out begins at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Brown Chapel.
To earn chapel credit, students must scan in and out of chapel using their ID card at the entrance doors. They must scan in no later than 9:50 a.m. (9:35 p.m. at Time Out) and remain in chapel for the entire chapel service. Students who choose to leave chapel early will not be allowed to return and scan out. A one-way scan will not be counted as a chapel credit.
Manual scans are available for those students who don’t have their ID card with them, but are limited to three per semester. Any more than three manual scans in a semester will not receive credit.
Chapel attendance may be viewed through the student portal. On the student account screen, select BIO Information from the menu, then select Chapel Attendance. If a discrepancy is noted, it is the responsibility of the student to bring it to the attention of the staff members who maintain attendance records. Any attendance discrepancies not reported to email@example.com within 2 weeks of the chapel in question, will not be considered for retroactive credit.
Students enrolled in 12 or more units and all residential students (despite the number of units enrolled) have the following requirements:
Freshman and sophomores: 30/54* chapel credits per semester
Juniors and seniors: 23/54* chapel credits per semester
Commuter students without classes before 1 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays or attending only Tuesday/Thursday classes will receive an automatic reduction to their chapel requirements:
Freshman and sophomore commuter students are required to attend 20/54* chapels per semester.
Junior and senior commuter students are required to attend 14/54* chapels per semester.
For students 26 years of age or older OR commuter students carrying less than 12 units, there is no required attendance. All students are welcomed and encouraged to come to all chapels.
Failure to meet the minimum requirements will result in chapel fines:
One to five excessive chapel absences will result in a fine of $5 for each absence.
Six or more excessive chapel absences will result in a fine of $20 for each absence in excess of five.
It is the student’s responsibility to keep track of their chapel attendance on the portal.
*Note: The available amount totals may vary slightly each semester, yet they do include our current morning, evening, and alternative chapel credit opportunities.
All students are expected to attend chapel as required. Requirements are communicated through the student portal or via PLNU email. Requirements are always on a per-semester basis. Students are responsible for checking their chapel attendance report on a regular basis. Any attendance discrepancies not reported to firstname.lastname@example.org within 2 weeks of the chapel in question, will not be considered for retroactive credit.
Misuse of an ID card when scanning in or out of chapel (including either manual or electronic scans) will result in an automatic $75 fine for each participating party. Each participant in violation of this policy will not receive credit for the chapel in question, and may be subject to other discipline.