CHAPLAINCY AND SPIRITUAL LIFE ON CAMPUS
McPherson University is a place for wholistic development. McU is a faith based, Biblically sound, Christ Centered, Mission oriented, leadership reproducing, Society transforming Academic Institution, established by The Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria. The Chaplaincy of McU works with Students, Staff, Faculty and their families to promote spiritual, moral, intellectual, social, and physical wholeness. Chaplaincy collaborates with all segments of its Academic Community to achieve the Institution’s motto, objectives and goals. Among others, the Chaplaincy headed by the Director of ChaplaincyServices, Rev. Ezekiel Abikoye provides the following services:
PASTORAL CARE WITH FAMILY SPIRIT
“Foursquare Family” is more than a slogan. It is a corner stone of our movement’s core values. A cardinal objective of McU Chaplaincy is to assist students in particular to experience “home away from home.” At McU, we treat you, not as trees, toys, or things, but as who you really are – a divine treasure. With your registration as student, you become a valued member of our academic family. We appreciate and celebrate McU staff and students as gifts of God, and their membership at this University as a crucial part of God’s calling for their lives and careers. Chaplaincy provides solid spiritual environment and resources for faculty, staff and students to serve together as members of same family. The Chaplain serves the McU community, especially students, as Pastor, spiritual father, teacher, friend, guide, model and mentor. The Chaplaincy makes available to McU community, the biblical revelation, spiritual care, moral support and Pastoral nurture that is needed for personal spiritual growth, leadership development, career growth and the fulfillment of God’s mandate for our students. At McU, God is raising champions who are contracting and transmitting the light, life and love of God.
McU Chaplaincy Services makes intercessory prayer a priority. It consistently provides prayer covering, among other things, to the Faculty, Staff and Students of the University and their families. All staff and students are encouraged to send personal, family or group prayer requests to the Chaplaincy regularly. Prayer request boxes have been placed at all important locations of the University.
FACULTY AND STAFF MORNING DEVOTION
McU faculty and staff start each day of their working week in the presence of God in corporate prayer. They converge from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. for worship, fellowship, divine guidance, spiritual refreshing, intercession, biblical exhortation, testimony, interaction, and vision sharing. All Faculty and Staff of McU are encouraged, not only to attend, but also to minister to one another by leading the devotion.
PERSONAL AND GROUP DEVOTIONS FOR STUDENTS
Reconciliation and strong relationship with God are prerequisite to achieving the University’s mission of providing “qualitative, functional and sound education with godly virtues that will prepare men and women for leadership and positive impact on society.” Daily devotions are put in place to enable students gain first hand, and regular encounters with God, with resultant transformation of lives, character and destiny (Ps.1:1-3,6).
- Personal devotion. Every student is assisted to have his/her personal devotion (quiet time) in his/her room from 5:30 to 5:50 a.m. daily. Quiet time is a time of praise, prayer and bible meditation. Every student is encouraged to have and use the bible, a devotional guide, and a note book for maximum benefit.
- Group Devotion. Group devotion holds daily after personal devotion. Time is 6:00 a.m. – 6:30 a.m. Group devotion is organized on room, block or hall basis. Attendance is compulsory for all students. Hall Masters, Hall Resident Assistants and other student leaders work with the Chaplaincy to supervise and ensure smooth running of the program.
SUNDAY SERVICES (CHAPEL AND HALLS)
Sunday Chapel Service brings McU community together for worship, fellowship, prayer, celebrations, communion, education, counseling, and spiritual refreshing. All faculty members and staff on and off Campus are encouraged to be active members of the University Chapel, and to participate effectively in its ministries. Attendance in Chapel/Sunday Services, like in all other religious meetings, is mandatory to all students. Written proof of legitimate reason is required for any absence.
- Spiritual growth and leadership development classes: 9:00 a.m. to 10 a.m.
- Sunday Worship: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
- Sunday Evening Hall Fellowship: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
CODE OF CONDUCT IN WORSHIP SERVICE
- All students are encouraged to demonstrate reference for God in word, work, and worship. We are called to give uttermost reference to God because it is His due, desire and delight (Ps.100; Jn. 4: 23-24).
- Dresses should be neat, descent, moderate and corporate.
- All students should actively engage in service proceedings for personal growth, leadership training, and development of competence for life and leadership.
Wednesdays are observed as days of special prayer by the McU community. The service provides spiritual nurture, corporate intercession, community interaction and fellowship for participants. Attendance is compulsory for all students, while staff are also encouraged to attend. With Chaplaincy coordination, the service is conducted by Faculty, Staff and Students.
At least once in a session, a week is designated as special spiritual week and dedicated to the conduct of uplifting, challenging and refreshing spiritual programs. Participation by staff is highly encouraged, and mandatory for all students.
Other religious services as may be deemed necessary to achieving the vision, mission, and objectives of McU will be organized for the benefit of students and staff. Such meetings may include special seminars, workshops, student breakthrough night, leaders monthly night, etc. Detail information will be provided when necessary.
McPHERSON UNIVERSITY FOURSQAURE STUDENTS FELLOWSHIP
Your registration as student of McU makes you a member of McPherson University student Fellowship. The officers of the fellowship provide spiritual leadership to their fellow students through the office and supervision of the Chaplaincy and the Student Affairs office. McUSF holds Youth Fellowship in the Chapel with Chaplaincy supervision on Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Producing godly, competent, charismatic and committed new leaders is the heart of Chaplaincy services at McU. All students are invited to engage in ministries for which they are gifted, interested or wish to be trained. Some of the ministries through which your potentials can be discovered, developed and deployed include teaching, choir, music, prayer, visitation, welfare, counseling, discipleship, small group leadership, evangelism, protocol, publicity, drama, and community service.
Visitation is a major part of Pastoral Care at McU. Chaplain services, following due protocols, conduct Pastoral visits randomly, by referral, and by appointments to Faculty, Staff, Students and their families on Campus as necessary.
The Chaplaincy wants to serve the McU community as best as possible. It solicits feed backs from faculty, staff and students in form of testimonies, suggestions, grievances, or questions.