Christian Service is a “hands on” focused activity designed to integrate academic exercise with practical ministry in an observable and evaluative environment so the student will develop experience in a specific service activity.
Christian Service offers three areas in which a student has the opportunity to enhance their Christian growth and development.
- In personal growth, a student is encouraged to use this program toward continued spiritual growth.
- In body life, a student is encouraged to become an integral part of a local church where spiritual gifts can be recognized and applied.
- In ministry, a student is encouraged to seek those areas of service that would allow for application of their giftedness and academic training.
As a full-time degree seeking student and/or living in a college residence hall it is a requirement to be involved in Christian Service during your attendance at MCC.
- Each student is still required to earn one credit of Christian Service (16 hours) each semester he is enrolled as a degree seeking student - minus one, with seven being the maximum requirement. [If a student transfers and is only at MCC for four semesters, he needs three credits of Christian service.] 1 CHR Credit = 0 hours.
A student with a Christian Ministry major must fulfill the following requirements in choosing the type of Christian service hours:
1. Five general Christian Service credits (CHR 101 – CHR 105)
2. Two credits from the chosen area of emphasis (CHR 131 & CHR 132). These credits will be supervised by the professor overseeing the primary emphasis.
A student not earning a Christian Ministry degree (dual degree, Bible/Theology) must fulfill the following requirements in choosing the type of Christian service hours:
1. Seven general Christian Service credits (CHR 101 – CHR 107)
A student enrolled in an associates degree or a degree completion program (LEAD and Distance) must complete three Christian service credits (CHR 101 - CHR 103).
Semester commitment and evaluation forms are kept on permanent file and are subject to committee review before degrees are granted.
Sixteen (16) hours during a semester is the minimum time requirement for credit. However, more hours may be involved depending on the activity. It is important the chosen activity does not conflict with scheduled class time or other college requirements. Paid positions, such as a weekend ministry, may also earn Christian Service credit and are considered on an individual basis.
- Enroll in a Christian Service course when you enroll in all of your other courses. Your advisor can assist you in choosing the correct course number.
- Instructions, handbooks, time logs, and the semester self-assessment may be obtained from the MCC Online course site when the semester begins.
- Seek out an area/activity of interest. Gather information by contacting an organization listed in the Handbook, checking the Christian Service bulletin board, visiting with faculty/staff, or networking with other students.
- If necessary an academic withdrawal from CHR must be made no later than term drop deadline. Please follow the same procedure as dropping any class.
- Complete the time log throughout the semester and submit it tothe MCC Online course site at the end of the semester. You must also complete the self-assessment found on the course site.
- Use the time log to record service hours by date, time, and the task. The student is required to obtain the supervisor’s signature at the end of the semester. Credit will not be given unless the supervisor has signed the time log, contacted the CHR office by way of e-mail, or a letter on the organization’s letterhead. Please note the due date on the log. If extra time is needed, contact the CHR Service office prior to the due date. This can be done by a personal visit . Hand written notes left at the information desk will not be sufficient.
- When completing the semester self-assessment, please give the needed information and thoughtful answers. These assessments are considered a part of your academic record and are made available upon request regarding the evaluation for graduation recommendation.
- See the course syllabus for specific requirements and service guidelines.
If you have further questions, you can e-mail Christian Service staff at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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