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4.1.3 Community Covenant for Dallas Theological Seminary 

The Mission of Dallas Theological Seminary is to “glorify God by equipping godly servant-leaders for the proclamation of His Word and the building up of the body of Christ worldwide.”

As a community dedicated to fulfilling this mission to glorify the Father in the power of the Spirit, the board, trustees, faculty, staff, and students commit ourselves as a seminary to the cultivation of Christian doctrine, purity, and love consistent with the character and person of Christ. As physical-spiritual image bearers of the Triune God, we aspire to be known for excellence in Christlikeness. We commit ourselves to seeking the Spirit’s wisdom and discernment through the study of Scripture as we seek to honor Christ in the following areas:

  • We commit ourselves to the biblical model of sexual purity expressed through either celibacy in singleness or fidelity in Christian marriage as a sacred union between one man and one woman. (See complete Marriage & Human Sexuality policy)
  • We commit ourselves to maintain a drug-free, alcohol-free, and tobacco-free environment with respect to all seminary facilities, events, and activities, knowing that any exception for the liturgical or medicinal use of alcohol on campus is to be approved by the administration.
  • We commit ourselves to carefully exercise Christian freedom with regard to the use of alcohol, guarding against the misuse of any substances that might abuse our bodies, foster addictions, or cause others to stumble. (See complete Alcohol Policy and Q&A)
  • We commit ourselves to abstain from the use of tobacco, controlled substances, and any electronic substitutes.
  • We commit ourselves to the wise use of the financial resources entrusted to us by God in our time at seminary and in our future ministries. 
  • We commit ourselves to build a community that encourages responsible care and stewardship of the human body and soul through spiritual disciplines, a healthy lifestyle, and properly balancing study, work, rest, ministry, and leisure. 
  • We commit ourselves to a standard of appearance and conversation that reflects Christian modesty, maturity, discretion, and respect.
  • We commit, within the context of our theological convictions and mission, not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, national and ethnic origin, or disability, and to take active measures against discriminatory harassment, and sexual harassment, including any type of violence or misconduct. (See complete Abuse and Harassment Policy)

As we strive toward these goals, we acknowledge our weakness and our constant need for God’s ongoing redemptive power expressed through his Spirit and fostered in the community of faith. When breaches of these commitments occur, we encourage the practice of repentance, confession, pardon, correction, and redemptive discipline when necessary.

Details on these policies may be obtained from Student Services at studentservices@dts.edu.

4.2.2 Chapel Attendance Requirements: Dallas Campus

All Dallas campus daytime students (full-time or part-time) who are enrolled in a degree or certificate program, except DMin and PhD students, are required to attend chapel based on the number of days they attend daytime classes (7:45 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.) Tuesday through Friday. (See Section 4.2.3 “Required Chapel Sessions” below.) The table is based on approximately sixty chapel sessions available each semester. Attendance implies more than “showing up and studying or reading” or “walking in and walking back out.” Attendance/participation in the DTS Music Ensembles counts for chapel credit on days of rehearsal.

4.2.3 Required Chapel Sections

Days per week in class Total chapel requirement per semester
4 40 chapels
3 30 chapels
2 20 chapels
1 10 chapels

4.2.4 Chapel Attendance Requirement: Non-Dallas Campus Students

All students who are enrolled in Monday-only classes, evening-only classes (starting after 4:30 p.m.), weekend-only classes, online-only classes, or extension students have an online requirement of ten chapels per semester (see Section 4.2.5 of this handbook for acceptable media).

4.2.5 Acceptable Chapel Media

All students enrolled in daytime classes on the Dallas campus will attend chapel services in person and are not permitted to count online chapels toward their attendance requirement. Only students who attend Monday-only classes, evening-only classes, weekend-only classes, online-only classes, or extension-site classes are permitted to count online chapels toward their requirement. These chapels are posted on the Seminary’s website and can be viewed online in a streaming video format or downloaded in podcast format. Either the video format or the audio-only format is acceptable, but in order to count toward the chapel requirement, the chapel message must be from the current semester.

4.2.6 World Evangelization Conference (WEC)

A special week in the spring semester is devoted to world missions. Attendance is required for the spring World Evangelization Conference for at least two full days involving all regular sessions scheduled between 8 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.)