At Criswell, we care about nurturing more than just your mind. A thriving spiritual life is vital to student success at Criswell College. The goal is to love the Lord with all our heart, all our mind, and all our strength. While students learn to love the Lord with all their mind in the classroom, chapel and the applied ministry project allow opportunities for loving God with all their heart and strength.
Chapel services are held each Tuesday and Wednesday at 11:00am with the entire campus gathering together for worship through song and a biblical, challenging, and encouraging message. Speakers include pastors, professors, local business people, musicians, and heads of organizations like the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and the International Mission Board.
All students are required to obtain at least 15 chapel credits per semester (fall and spring). Chapel credits can be obtained through several means, including participation in regular chapel services, Community Conferences, and other special events organized by the College and designated as chapel credit events.
Chapel exemptions may be requested by graduate students from the Student Services Office. Requests for exemption will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and a request for exemption does not guarantee exemption from chapel requirements.
Applied Ministry Project
Inspiring a passion in students for the local church has always been an integral part of Criswell College’s mission. Beginning with our founder, Dr. W. A. Criswell, the college leadership challenges students to serve the local body. This is accomplished in part by the Applied Ministry Project (AMP). Every full-time graduate student completes at least 16 hours of service each semester in a local church, ministry, or non-profit organization.
The Dallas/Ft. Worth area is host to a variety of churches from many denominations. Local churches are happy to welcome Criswell students for worship and service, and often mentoring and leadership opportunities with pastors in the area.
Criswell strongly encourages students to get involved with a local church while in school. Staying engaged in church life is vital as one learns and grows, and a local community is the perfect place to serve with the humility that the study of God inspires.