For each member of the campus community the University seeks the development of spiritual insights and values stemming from a commitment to Christ as Lord and Savior. The religious life, a personal matter capable of corporate expression and sharing, is at the heart of the university program. Through chapel, classroom experiences, residence hall programming, service opportunities, small groups and informal personal contacts, the University seeks to motivate each student to become a servant-leader.
Chapel programming is a vital element in a Christian university education. Members of the university community meet together for worship several times a week. Unless specifically exempted through petition, all students are required to attend chapel. Throughout the year there are times of special emphasis upon evangelism, missions and Christian living. Students are expected to be faithful participants in regular church services and in times of special spiritual emphasis.
Other spiritually formative activities occur in mission and ministry opportunities provided by clubs, organizations, and ministries on campus. Service to Mount Vernon, Knox County, the East Central Educational Region and the world is a natural part of the learning experience at the University. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the mission opportunities offered throughout the year.
Accountability groups are formed for all first-time freshman students. Some of these groups stay together throughout the college career. Accountability groups provide opportunities for peers to encourage and pray for each other on a regular basis.