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Spiritual Formation and Chapel


The mission of Vanguard University is to pursue knowledge, cultivate character, deepen faith, and equip each student for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service.

It is through spiritual formation that all of this is possible—the chapel services, discipleship programming, and outreach opportunities at Vanguard strengthen your foundation in Christ.

Chapel & Spiritual Formation Content

The Spiritual Formation department's hope is to not only empower our students through VU Chapel experiences and discipleship efforts, but to provide resources for those inside and outside of our community as well.

Please visit our multiple online platforms from our SFD YouTube Channel to view Online Chapel Experiences from our Fall 2020  and Spring 2021 Semesters, as well as our Instagram and Facebook pages: 


Also, below is a link to audio recordings of our past Chapel speakers. We hope you engage with the material and find is helpful in your spiritual journey.

Chapel Audio Files are located here.

Chapel Tracks

While we rely on our Chapel Tracks to help assist students who display extenuating circumstances around their ability to attend in-person VU Chapel gatherings, in light of COVID-19, we are placing our Chapel Tracks consideration process on hold and offering every undergraduate VU student the lowest possible Chapel Track credit need of 15 required Chapel credits for the Spring 2021 semester. We pray this process in light of COVID-19 is both helpful and welcome. SFD will not be considering any other Chapel Track options outside of the 15 required Chapels for Spring 2021. We will return to our Board of Trustees required 30 Chapels in Fall of 2021 along with our Chapel Tracks considerations at that time. Please email SFD@Vanguard.edu if you have any questions. 

Chapel Gatherings

Chapel Services are offered throughout the week on campus, and offer challenging messages, impactful worship, and an environment designed to help you grow spiritually. Students can contribute to chapel and get involved.

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.

Here is a list of current VU Chapel gatherings offered on a regular basis (Please note some Chapel times and meetings have changed due to COVID-19. Many Chapels are available online at our SFD YouTube Channel): 

Main VU Chapel Gatherings

  • Mondays EXCAVATE 8:00-8:50PM -Needham Chapel 
  • Tuesdays 9:30-10:20AM - NMC Worship Center 
  • Tuesdays 12:00-12:50PM Commuter - Needham Chapel (all are welcome)
  • Wednesdays 10:00-10:50AM - NMC Worship Center 
  • Wednesday Liturgical Prayer 7:00-7:50AM - Great Commission Hall in Heath
  • Wednesdays SHINE 9:30-10:30PM - NMC Worship Center 
  • Thursdays 9:30-10:20AM - Waugh Student Center
  • La Capilla - 4th Monday @8pm - Needham Chapel 
  • Various Special Ministry Chapel Events TBA 
  • Online Chapel Experiences (please visit our SFD YouTube Channel to access our Online Chapel Experiences)

Alternative & Online Chapels

(Up to 50% of Student's total credit need)
Athletic Small Gatherings: BAM, Coach Led, etc.
Music or Theatre Chapel, Residence Life or Commuter Gatherings
Service/Outreach via GEO Mission Prep Meetings
Online Reflection Options: Local Church Attendance, Online Devotions, & SFD Podcasts (Standard Track: Maximum of 5 online options in each category. All other Tracks inquire with SFD)
Other SFD Approved Alternative Chapel Requests 
For more questions please refer to the student handbook or email SFD@Vanguard.edu.

Spring 2021 Opening Chapel Theme

Win The Day - Spring 2021 VU Chapel Theme Opener

Contact Us

Spiritual Formation Office

Reverend Michael Whitford, University Pastor | Associate Dean of Spiritual Formation

Krystal Baca, Associate Pastor

Asenath Casarez, Worship Pastor


We invite you to take the next step