The Christian Service Program, as part of the academic program at Crown College, exists to provide opportunities for students to serve God and to minister to the needs of others. It is the desire of Crown College, that following their education, students be ready to serve the communities to which they belong by serving in the greater Crown community during their educational years while being formed to the image of Christ, to the glory of God. It is the student's individual responsibility to serve with their God- given talents and abilities in fulfilling this requirement.
"If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen." 1 Peter 4:11
"It is your spiritual act of worship." Romans 12:1-2
"...but in humility, consider others better than themselves." Philippians 2:3-4
The following guidelines apply to all Christian Service credits except those that are coordinated through academic departments.
- Christian Service assignments require approval by the Director by submitting the Service Contract form. Assignments begin by the fourth Friday of the semester and continue through the last class day of the semester.
- Christian Service assignments should involve two to four hours of preparation and service per week or at least 28 hours a semester/experience to receive one Christian Service credit. Transportation time cannot be included in the service hours submitted for Christian Service.
- Assignments with compensation, other than for covering expenses such as lodging, gas, materials, etc., will not be counted for Christian Service credit.
- The experience must contribute to the development of vocational and/or ministry skills through direct contact with people.
- Adequate on-site supervision will be necessary. The student and the supervisor will evaluate Christian Service assignments at the end of the service period. All evaluations and paperwork must be submitted by six weeks into the semester following the service period or Christian Service credit will not be granted. Students are responsible for calling Supervisors and ensuring that their evaluations reach the Christian Service Office on time.
- Christian Service assignments should improve and develop new ministry and leadership skills, to utilize individual gifts and parallel career goals, to integrate academic study with practical experience and service, and to meet community needs and serve others.
- Students must complete 2 Christian Service credits to be accepted into a department. Acceptance into a department is a graduation requirement that occurs in the transition between the sophomore and junior year to ensure that you are on the right track to graduate.