Chapels are the heart of the campus time in worship and the Word. Planned carefully, their pattern may help you think about your preaching themes. After sitting down with Bryan Rouanzoin, Associate Director of Chapel and Discipleship, to discuss this, here is their approach.
Who I Am In Christ (identity), and Who We Are In Christ (community), are the core themes for the two eight-week blocks of Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday Chapel services this fall.These themes form a good base to start a college semester, and are two on the eight themes to be presented during a four-year program.
Given those themes, how are they to be preached and taught?
In a student survey, some clear preferences emerged:
- Students want ongoing connection with primary chapel speakers, rather than a majority of outside voices.
- They want biblical preaching rather than organizational promotion (being “preached to” rather than “promoted at!”).
We organized a Chapel Planning team: staff and faculty members from across the campus, whose areas of expertise include pastoral leadership, worship, and aesthetics; and also mental health and multi-cultural programming. Each of these men and women has a passion to see our students worship God, know Jesus and learn to hear the voice and leading of the Spirit.
One of the primary changes that emerged from this team was a shift to primarily on-campus chapel preachers. This allows students to become familiar with preaching styles and grow in relationship as their professors or staff members journey with our students through scripture.
The primary speakers this fall include:
President Mike Beals
Bill Dogterom, A/G minister and Religion professor
Jon Allbaugh, Dean of Spiritual Formation
Doug Hutchinson, Director of the Counseling Center
Bryan Rouanzoin, Associate Director of Chapel and Discipleship
… Also, about one third of our scheduled speakers are women.
In addition, we will host occasional off-campus speakers, being strategic about how many are invited and how they are connected to the student body. Local pastors, such as Karl Vaters, Chris Harrell and Scott Rachels, who are known and respected by students, get priority as well.
Local campus life provides a good source as well, with departments such as Music, Communication, Athletics, and student speakers given opportunity to lead.
The Chapel schedule also includes an in-depth Monday night verse-by-verse Bible study called “Excavate,” led by Bill Dogterom, and the popular, “Shine,” a Wed 9:30pm worship service.
Click here to check out who will be featured in Chapel this semester.
May lives be changed as students meet with God!
For further conversation, contact Bryan at Bryan.Rouanzoin@vanguard.edu