While chapel brings us together three times a week, and Sunday worship is a great way to dive into the body of Christ outside of Taylor, there are other opportunities for worshipping and growing spiritually as an individual and in a community while a student here.
The All-Campus Communion service is the first gathering of the year for the entire community. It’s a special tradition where sophomores, juniors and seniors prayerfully surround and lay hands on the new students. The service includes a time of prayer, worship, and communion. It’s a powerful beginning to the year, focusing our hearts and minds on Christ’s sacrifice and our calling to serve Him.
Spiritual Renewal Week
Spiritual Renewal Week is held twice a year, near the beginning of each semester. Each week has a seasoned and respected Bible teacher who challenges students and faculty from God’s Word. The Taylor community gathers four times over a three-day period, which includes uplifting singing and powerful teaching. Past speakers include Alistair Begg, Dr. Richard Allen Farmer, and Chris Williamson.
Charles Simeon Sermons
The Charles Simeon Sermon Series is held in the fall each year. The sermons’ namesake, Charles Simeon, pastored Holy Trinity Church in England for 54 years. Simeon practiced and taught the art of Biblical exposition in the early 19th century. This series is intentionally focused on helping the community recognize and appreciate preaching that examines scripture.
“He was a lifelong bachelor and one of his greatest burdens was for university students so there’s something very appropriate about the fact that the sermons here at Taylor are entitled the Simeon Sermons,” said Dr. Sinclair Ferguson, a theologian and seminary professor who is himself a past Simeon speaker at Taylor.
Sex and the Cornfields
Sex and the Cornfields is a program that has grown into an annual series of workshops, seminars, and panels aimed at creating a healthy space for dialogue regarding sexuality.
This series aims to provide opportunities for our university to grow in our understanding of ourselves and of others by increasing our awareness and discussion on sexual topics affecting all of us at a personal and cultural level. We are fortunate to integrate well-known speakers, scholars, faculty, and staff within the Sex and the Cornfields program to support and frame our questions and conversations. We are blessed to have a willing community of faculty and staff, committed to their faith, who willingly share from their lives.
Examples of topics that we’ve sought to faithfully broach:
- Theology of Sexuality
- Marriage and Singleness (as well as Divorce and Re-Marriage)
- Gender and Identity issues
- Celebrations of Sexuality (God’s Design)
All who participate serve as faithful witnesses to God’s work in their lives and increased understanding about God and their sexuality. Featured speakers have come from Theological, Psychological, Philosophical, Sociological, Medical, and Counseling backgrounds and training.