Summit offers students chance for 12 Chapel credits instead of the usual 10. Summit begins on Sunday night at 7 p.m.
“The cap has been 10 credits for the past 3 years, but a late decision was made to increase it to 12 this year,” said Mark Lewis, assistant dean for spiritual life and Chapel programs.
These extra two credits are added encouragement to have students involved in Summit this year, which means there is a little more incentive for students to attend the forums. Â This also allows students to earn all of their Chapel credits sooner.
Brady Bryce, director of ministry events, is excited to have students more involved with the annual lecture series.
Sunday through Wednesday, students are offered chances to attend a classes, lectures or forums.
Forums for theme conversations and featured guests are offered every day in Moody Coliseum at 11 p.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Each Forum and theme conversation that students attend will earn them two credits with a maximum credit-limit of 12.
“Freshmen and even longtime students tend to forget about evening and afternoon opportunities to earn [chapel] credits,” said Bryce who encourages students to attend all the Summit events that they can.
Students are required to earn 55 chapel credits per semester. While most students receive their credits by attending regular Chapel every day, some take advantage of the forums to allow for more free time later in the semester. The way most students earn most of their credits during the fall semester is at Summit. While there are opportunities to earn as many as 20 Chapel credits, students can earn a maximum amount of 12 credits at Summit.
Bryce said, “One often overlooked session is Sunday night, which is a great place to pick up Chapel credits and hear an outstanding former SA president, turned youth minister, turned preacher, Mitch Wilburn. Also easily missed is Don McLaughlin, who preaches at North Atlanta Church and who is an excellent stand-in for Dallas Willard on Wednesday night. Don is a preacher who is living the disciple’s life in amazing ways. A third overlooked opportunity is the daily 3 p.m. featured speaker sessions with Elaine Heath on the Twilight series, Walter Brueggemann an Old Testament scholar and Randy Harris, a crowd favorite”
Lewis explains that Chapel and the university have certain rules on the maximum amount of Chapel forum opportunities throughout the semester.
“We cap the credits-earned because there’s a limit on how many forum credits can be offered each semester,” Lewis said.