Let’s talk about something that is a HUGE part of life at Biola… Chapel!
For those of you who don’t know, every student at Biola is required to attend 20 chapels each semester. At first glance, this can seem like a lot. Managing classes, homework, a job, and a social life is hard enough without having to worry about adding chapel to all of that. At least that’s what I thought when I first heard about the chapel requirement. However, I have found that Biola chapels are such a great opportunity to connect with the Lord and learn more about Him from incredible speakers. So, why wouldn’t you want to go?
Biola offers a wide variety of chapels throughout the week. You can even take a Buzzfeed quiz to find out which chapel style suits you! These chapels range from 30-minute prayer chapels to hour-long all-worship chapels. Some chapels offer traditional style worship combined with a speaker, while others have Talbot (Biola’s seminary) students preach. A lot of departments have chapels geared toward a specific major as well. There is even a chapel on Friday mornings that is set up like an interview and later turned into a podcast! How cool is that?!
Chapels are offered at various times throughout the week, so you are bound to find multiple that fit into your schedule.
Last fall, Biola began what is called the All Community Chapel. On the first Wednesday morning of each month, the Biola community gathers together to worship and glorify God as a community.
At the first All Community chapel of the spring semester, which also happened to be spring convocation, President Barry Corey spoke and touched on the importance of being “All As One” as a campus community. He emphasized the value of the diversity of experience we each bring to our community, but that we are still “gathered together here, as the people of God, all as one.” I think it is such a privilege to go to a school that values this kind of community, and strives to honor God in this way.
President Corey can be heard speaking in chapel from time to time (which is always a treat!), but it is pretty hard to go wrong with any of the chapel speakers and guests who all have incredible hearts for the Lord. The Spiritual Development team does an amazing job at prayerfully choosing the speakers and topics for each chapel.
So yes, 20 chapels can seem like a lot, but I have found them to be some of the most rewarding and enriching experiences during my time at Biola. My personal favorite chapel is Singspiration on Sunday nights. It is an hour-long all-worship chapel, that features a variety of different kinds of worship bands from week to week. It is a great way to center your heart on the Lord, and to start the week on the right track.
Chapels are such a unique part of the Biola community, and a great place to grow in your relationship with God. If you visit campus, bu sure to check one out!
Until next time,