Coming together as a campus to worship our Savior is an integral part of spiritual life at Taylor. All who participate in chapel serve as faithful witnesses to God’s work in their lives and gain understanding about God and their roles as Christians.
Unlike many universities, Taylor doesn’t monitor chapel attendance—yet students fill Rediger Auditorium every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Because the men and women who live together care about their peers and want to see them grow spiritually, they encourage their colleagues to attend and participate in chapel.
As a Taylor student, you will find chapel is great way to connect with fellow students, faculty, and staff. These people come to worship together and learn from our speakers who come from our own faculty and staff and from all over the world. Featured speakers have come from theological, psychological, philosophical, sociological, medical, and counseling backgrounds and training.
There are also many other opportunities for you to grow spiritually and relationally with Christ and your peers through activities organized by the Chapel Coordinators and Campus Pastor, special services, and Sunday worship.
Every year, Taylor hosts a variety of special chapel services. While most revolve around holidays and campus events, there are also spiritually, academically, and mentally stimulating series that promote campus-wide discussions and “Sing, Pray, and Reflection” chapels that are dedicated completely to worship through music and prayer.
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 is held twice a year, near the beginning of each semester. During each series, a seasoned and respected Christian teacher and leader 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 Nirup Alphonse, Heather Larson, JR Briggs, Alistair Begg, Dr. Richard Allen Farmer, and Chris Williamson.
As the final chapel of fall semester, this Christmas chapel service brings the campus together to sing traditional, Christ-honoring carols and participate in a candle-lighting ceremony. With the chapel lights off and all of the candles lit, the student body sings an a capella version of “Silent Night,” reflecting on the birth of the “Son of God, Love’s pure Light.”
While we are deeply committed to worshiping together as a community, we also believe it is important for students to worship and serve within the body of Christ outside of Taylor University. In keeping with this philosophy, we encourage our students to be a part of the body of Christ by celebrating with one of the more than 60 churches in the surrounding area on Sundays.
Being part of a local church body provides an opportunity for students to not only benefit from the richness of our local congregations but also to serve those congregations in a variety of roles. Serving in this way blesses those who are receiving and deepens the faith of those who are giving.
You can view a listing of local churches with times of worship and contact information.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10-10:50 a.m.
Participation in chapel is an expectation of all members of the Taylor community. While attendance is not taken, students still fill the Rediger Chapel/Auditorium three times a week. Fellowship, accountability, and growth are part of what makes Taylor chapel special.
You can always expect a full house in Rediger Chapel/Auditorium. Student-led chapel bands lead the body in worship before a speaker comes to the podium. Speakers can be students, faculty, and staff from our Taylor community or even someone from across the country or globe. We encourage you to come experience this for yourself.
There are several ways you can experience Taylor’s chapel services.
The Campus Ministries Office put together a Daily Bible Reading Calendar to encourage students to systematically engage in the Scriptures everyday. Contact Lori Heath about getting a copy today.
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Student-led chapel bands lead campus worship most Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings in Rediger Chapel. Students with talent in vocals, piano, guitar, bass, drums, violin, and many other instruments can find a place on the chapel stage. You can audition as a complete band at the beginning of the semester or find an existing chapel band that needs your skills. Contact Lori Heath for more information.
Chapel Coordinators assist the Campus Pastor in a leadership role for planning, promoting, and conducting public meetings of worship for the Taylor University community. They work to foster spiritual growth in all areas of campus. If you want to learn more about how you, as a Taylor student, could be a part of leading chapel and being part of this ministry team, contact Lori Heath by phone at 765-998-5360 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org