EDITORIAL: Student chapel committee can help improve chapels 4

By Huntingtonian editorial staff

It is 9:55 a.m. as hundreds of students stumble into Zurcher Auditorium for yet another chapel. Some students are rubbing the sleep out of their eyes and hope that chapel credit number 10 will be an exciting experience.

After Joyful Noise concludes the music portion of the service, another speaker from Fort Wayne takes the stage.

“Good morning, Huntington University,” the speaker says.

The student body quietly responds.

“Oh, come on, you can do better than that!” the speaker replies.

With a student chapel committee, we can do better than that. As of right now, campus ministry coordinators only conduct the Ekklesia chapels on Wednesday nights. Usually, they consist of a half hour service run mostly by students. The Tuesday and Thursday morning core chapels, however, are mainly run by the campus ministry department.

With a student chapel committee, there can be more variety to the 30 chapels students are required to go to. This could potentially make students more excited to attend, knowing that the service was planned by their own peers, and it is a core credit. Rather than various speakers from Fort Wayne, services can include student-run skits, videos and testimonies.

The chapel committee can hear student concerns with chapel as well, specifically the speaker and topic selection or the volume of Joyful Noise (Yes, we’ve heard several complaints about it). The student committee can also choose themes for each month that reflect the student body’s interest or concerns. For example, the month of March can discuss living abundantly and April’s speakers can address dealing with bullying from a Christian perspective.

The committee could consist of nine students of all grades and backgrounds. They do not need to be paid, but it would be a great opportunity to bulk up the resumes of ministry or business majors or any students interested in a leadership role on campus. For starters, the committee could plan three to five core chapels out of the roughly twelve a month. That is plenty of time to gather students for a skit or reach out to a speaker with student connections.

Arthur Wilson, campus pastor, has expressed interest in implementing more student involvement in chapels. We support this effort and believe that a student chapel committee can make getting those 30 chapel credits less monotonous.

The 2013-2014 editorial staff

The 2013-2014 editorial staff

4 thoughts on “EDITORIAL: Student chapel committee can help improve chapels

  1. Reply Cary Brown, Former CMC Feb 20,2014 10:22 pm

    While I support the Huntingtonians efforts, and even this idea, it is hard for me to imagine campus ministry’s growing 30 students. To this day, the campus ministries department has had little help financially. Chapel planning takes a lot of time and money. This would also require an adult supervisor, and right now there are few. Also, there is still the question of whether or not CMC’s should get paid.

  2. Reply Cary Brown, Former CMC Feb 20,2014 10:37 pm

    My apologies, it seems I read the article to quickly. I feel my point still stands. The CM department can not ask any amount of students to plan chapels without pay. Planning chapels it a very time consuming and expensive task.

  3. Reply Keirsh Cochran Feb 20,2014 11:06 pm

    Why can’t campus ministries ask students I volunteer time to plan chapels. There are multiple volunteer boards, committees, and clubs on campus. One of them being the CMC’s which you mentioned. This committee would also free Arthur up to issue $100 dollar fines to those pesky stage walkers…nah but seriously Cary they could staff it. You could at least ask for applications and go from there, see if there is interest.

  4. Reply Brad Barber Feb 21,2014 2:37 pm

    I agree with Keirsh. I feel like there would be students willing to volunteer for the job, or at least to be on a comittee with Arthur discussing the chapels.

    If you look at it, none of the jobs the campus offers is worth doing for no pay or the little pay that the students receive (if their positions ae paid, ex: student senate president). Yes working to plan or just consult on chapels would be a lot of work, but s are all the other positions (ex: non-paid student senators, club exec boards, etc.). That is one of the redeeming qualities about HU: there’s plenty of people willing to help make the campus/univeristy better for no or little pay.

    Further, CM could make it sort of an internship position. I am not too familiar with the ministry profession in terms of what they seek in applicants when hiring staff. However, I feel like they would respect that a student served on this committee and did this work, because their work at a church, Christian organization, etc. would likely involve planning events such as these.

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