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Spiritual Life

Chapel services are planned by a Chapel Committee led by a faculty person.  All members of the seminary community are encouraged to participate in chapel programs.  Distinguished preachers and scholars from outside the seminary community are invited to participate in these programs.  The chapel is open on a regular basis for prayer.  Students often lead these moments.  Members of the seminary community are encouraged to avail themselves of these opportunities for prayer, personal devotions, and spiritual centering.  The Chapel of the Living Savior is the setting for these spiritual activities.

Campus Life

Campus life concerns, addressed by the Associate Dean for Student Life, are related to various aspects of campus life.  There are deliberate attempts to involve the entire seminary community (those persons living on campus and those persons living off campus) in community building activities.  The seminary believes that spiritual formation necessarily involves community.  The institution encourages all members of the seminary community to participate in campus activities, e.g., Founder’s Day Activities, Commencement Activities, and other social events.  On-line students are required to do residence courses.  Most of these are done on campus.

Administrators and faculty are intentional about planning social activities when on-line students are on campus for courses.  There is a code of conduct that emphasizes respect for all persons and their personal property.  It is expected that all members of the seminary community observe this code.

Student Life

The low student-teacher ratio in the residential program facilitates meaningful interaction between teachers and students at Payne Theological Seminary.  Each student is assigned a faculty advisor who assists the student with decisions about course selections and course loads as the student matriculates through the degree programs.  The Financial Aid Office and the Business Office help the student with decisions concerning finances.