Handbook - Spiritual Life
STUDENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Kettering College is committed to the holistic development of men and women in mental, spiritual, physical, and social dimensions in order that they may achieve academic and professional excellence. But even more important than developing academic and professional excellence, the faculty and staff desire that students experience a relationship with God during their time at Kettering College so that they are prepared for this world and for the world to come.
Spiritual life activities, such as small-group Bible study and prayer groups, collegiate worship, mission trips, social activities, and community service provide opportunities for individual service and spiritual growth.
CONVOCATIONS AND SPIRITUAL EMPHASIS APPOINTMENTS
The College seeks avenues for students, faculty, staff, and administrators to worship together. Several such events are planned each academic year. College offices are closed so that faculty and staff may attend. Students are required to attend; students who do not attend will be assessed $15 for each missed session.
Convocations for the 2012-13 academic years are from 9:30 to 10:20 a.m. on Friday, August 31, 2012 and on Friday, January 11, 2013. The entire campus community— students, faculty, staff, and administration — meets in the church across the street from the campus for a ceremony that includes academic pageantry. Attendance is mandatory for all students who are enrolled in 10 semester hours or more. Clinical schedules are adjusted so that everyone can attend.
Spiritual Emphasis Fridays occur once each month during the fall and winter semesters – dates are available on the College events calendar or in the Student Planners. Automatic exemptions are given to students who do not have classes before 11:30 a.m. Fridays and for students who are registered for clinical requirements on Fridays. Any additional requests for exemption must be made in writing to the respective program chairs. See program chairs for details. Students must submit their completed request forms for exemption preferably before but no later than one week after a scheduled spiritual emphasis appointment.
NURTURING SPIRITUAL VALUES
Additional emphasis is given to nurturing spiritual values and helping students encounter Christ in meaningful ways through the integration of faith into the academic and social experiences at Kettering College. Faculty and staff desire that Kettering College be the kind of place where faith is found and shared. Lifelong learning is extended to matters of ultimate importance— seeking a deeper understanding of and commitment to Jesus Christ. It is the College’s desire that the Christian mission of Kettering College is one of the reasons students choose to attend this College.