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Chapel services include a time of prayer, music, and preaching. During the Spring and Fall semesters, Chapel is scheduled from 10:40-11:15 a.m. Tuesday through Friday in Chafer Chapel. We invite speakers from our campus, local churches, parachurch agencies, and other various venues. Our schedule features the following annual events:

  • Nathan Maier Series in Bible Exposition (Fall)
  • Mission and Evangelism Lectures (Fall)
  • Spiritual Life Conference (Spring)
  • Griffith-Thomas Lectures (Spring)
  • Senior Preaching Week (Spring)

Chapel Policies and Questions

What is chapel?
The administration and faculty strongly believe in the great contribution and vital role of chapel and its ministry of encouragement, worship, and community development. Prayer needs, campus announcements, and items of general interest are all shared during this community time of rest, relief, and renewal. During the fall and spring semesters, chapel is held from 10:40 to 11:15 a.m. each day, Tuesday through Friday. During the summer sessions, chapel is held every Wednesday from 10:10 to 10:30 a.m. in the Lamb Auditorium. Summer Chapel attendance is not required. There is no chapel during fall break, winter break, spring break, or reading week.
Who is required to attend chapel?
All students who are enrolled in a degree or certificate program are required to attend chapel. This includes full and part-time students on all campuses, online-only students, students with classes only on Mondays, weekends, or evenings (starting after 4:30 p.m.). Non-degree, DMin, and PhD students are not required to attend chapel. There is no chapel requirement during the summer. The definition of attendance will be left to the honor and integrity of the student, but certainly implies more than “showing up and reading or studying” or “walking in and walking back out.” The table below is based upon approximately sixty chapel sessions available each semester.
How many chapel sessions must I attend?
Days per week in daytime class (Tue-Fri) Total Chapel Requirement
4 40 Chapels
3 30 Chapels
2 20 Chapels
1 10 Chapels

The requirement for Dallas Campus students follows the table above, which is based on the number of days the student attends daytime classes (7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) Tuesday through Friday. Attendance/participation in the DTS Chapel Choir counts for chapel credit on days of rehearsal. The requirement for online-only students, students with classes only on Mondays, weekends, or evenings (starting after 4:30 p.m.), or extension-site students is an online requirement of 10 chapels per semester.

Where must I attend chapel?
All students enrolled in daytime classes on the Dallas campus are expected to attend chapel services in person. Only online-only, Monday-only, evening-only, weekend-only and extension-campus students are permitted to view or listen to chapel messages per semester on the Seminary’s website via on-line streaming or podcast as part of the chapel requirement. Either audio or video formats are acceptable, but the message must be from the current semester.
When do I report my chapel attendance?
  • You report your chapel attendance on CampusNet at the midpoint and the end of the fall and spring semesters. 
  • Students must attend at least half of the semester's required chapels during each attendance period.
  • There is no chapel requirement or reporting during the summer.
How do I report my chapel attendance?
  • Log in to your CampusNet account
  • Under the current semester menu, select "Chapel Attendance"
  • Complete the Chapel Report by answering the question
  • Hit "submit" to finalize
How can I request a chapel reduction?
  • You must submit a request for chapel attendance reductions during the first two weeks of each semester. Requests will not be accepted after that time.
  • Download the form or come by Students Services (Walvoord Student Center, Third Floor).
  • If your employment situation changes, let us know. You can submit a request for a reduction based on employment-related changes during the semester
What are the chapel policy violations?
  • Failure to meet both your attendance and reporting requirements by the semester deadlines are considered violations of the chapel policy.
  • Repeated violations will result in a notice sent to you from the Dean of Students, and also placed in the student's file.
What are the World Evangelization Conference (WEC) attendance requirements?
Attendance is required for the spring World Evangelization Conference for at least two full days (all regular sessions scheduled between 8:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on the attended days) or at least five individual sessions throughout the week. This is in addition to the regular chapel requirements for the semester. All students enrolled in Monday-only classes, evening-only classes (starting after 4:30 p.m.), weekend-only classes, online-only classes, or extension-site classes have an online requirement of two WEC sessions. (See 4.2.5 for acceptable media.)
What are the commencement chapel and ceremony requirements?
  • Commencement events are a vital part of the academic calendar. All non-graduating students are encouraged to attend the commencement chapel and ceremony in support of the graduates.
Spring 2014
Chapel Attendance Period
Period 1

Period 2
Jan. 14 - Feb. 28

Mar. 4 - May. 2
Reporting Period
Period 1


Period 2
Opens Feb. 21
Report by Mar. 14

Opens Apr. 25
Report by May. 16

Contact Information

Location
Walvoord 3rd Fl.
Phone
214-887-5360
Email
chapel@dts.edu
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