Worship is an integral part of the VU community and foundational to the spiritual, intellectual, and social development that students will experience during their time at VU. Chapel services are intended as a time for the VU community to pursue God together and learn to respond to His leading through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Morning Gatherings

These gatherings are for the entire Vanguard community to consistently experience God through song, celebration, teaching, listening, and participation in diverse experiences (located in NMC).

  • Tuesdays 9:30-10:20am
  • Wednesdays 10:00-10:50am
  • Thursdays 9:30-10:20am

Evening Gatherings

  • Excavate Mondays 8:00pm-9:00pm / Needham Chapel
    Verse-by-verse study of the Bible
  • Shine Wednesdays 9:30pm-10:30pm / NMC
    Student led worship experience

Chapel Expectations

Full-time students are required to complete at least 30 chapel credits each semester. One chapel service is equivalent to one chapel credit.   In the event of a conflict in work, class schedule, or commuting distance, a chapel petition may be filed with the Spiritual Formation Department at the beginning of each semester.  Seniors in their final semester are encouraged to attend chapel, but they have no chapel credit requirement.  Graduate and SPS students are excused from required chapel credits, but are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

A respectful attitude is expected at all chapel gatherings. Students should turn off their mobile phones, and refrain from loud talking, homework, texting, or other disruptive behavior. Food and drink are prohibited in the NMC worship center.


If a student does not fulfill their requirement and has not been approved for a chapel petition, they have the option to write a Reflection Paper for each missing chapel credit (no more than 50% of their total chapel requirement).  To complete this paper, students will listen to a prerecorded VU Chapel and write a two-page summary and reflection of the chapel recording. Papers must follow the guidelines detailed in the ‘Reflection Paper Guidelines’ and submitted to the Spiritual Formation office before 5:00 pm on the Friday after finals week. If the papers are completed and submitted by the deadline provided, students will not incur any penalties.

If a student fails to meet their chapel requirement and does not submit the Reflection Papers on time, then a penalty of $350.00 will be charged to the students account on the Tuesday after finals week.

All required forms and guidelines (Reflection Paper Guidelines, Downloadable MP3’s of Chapel services) are available online at the SFD Forms Page.

Vanguard University students are expected to fulfill the chapel credits with diligence and integrity in the same way they would for all academic requirements.
Please note that it is the student’s responsibility to treat Spiritual Formation credits as any other required class.

Chapel Petitions

In order to petition for a reduction of chapel credit requirements, a student must show that they are unable to attend 2 of the 5 chapels each week or demonstrate other reasons why a reduction should be granted.  Petitions will be submitted during the first four weeks of each semester and will only be received after the published due date if there are work schedule or living arrangement changes.

Reasons for Petitioning:

  1. Student lives outside of a 10-mile radius from the Vanguard Campus.
  2. Students with verified employment during morning or evening chapel hours.
  3. Students with class outside VU, a disability accommodation, or a family emergency.

If a petition is denied and the student wishes to appeal that decision, they may do so by submitting new information to the Spiritual Formation Department for reconsideration.

Reasonable Disability Accommodations for Spiritual Formation Credits

Students who are experiencing a physical or psychological disability are encouraged to meet with the Assistant Director of Disability Services located on the 2nd floor of the Scott building. Kerry Kimble may assist with reasonable accommodations for both long-term and temporary disabilities that may include a modification of Spiritual Formation Credit requirements. Proper documentation of disability is required.

Spiritual Formation Offices

Offices for the Spiritual Formation Department are located on the 1st floor of Laguna Hall.

For more information about Spiritual Formation credits

To view the Spiritual Formation Chapel Overview, click here.