Chapel Staff

Patrick Thomas
Patrick ThomasDirector of Chapel Music and Worship 214-887-5373
Joe M. Allen, Jr.DTS Campus Pastor 214-887-5362
Stephanie ReynoldsAssistant to the Campus Pastor 214-887-5363

Purpose of Chapel

The administration and faculty strongly believe in the great contribution and vital role of chapel and its ministry of encouragement, worship, and community development. Prayer needs, campus announcements, and items of general interest are all shared during this community time of rest, relief, and renewal.

When/Where is Chapel?

During the fall and spring semesters, chapel is held from 10:40 to 11:20 a.m. Tuesday through Friday in Lamb Auditorium on the first floor of the Campbell Academic Center. During the summer sessions, chapel is held every Wednesday from 10:10 to 10:30 a.m. in the Lamb Auditorium.

Chapel Requirements

All students who are enrolled in a degree or certificate program are required to attend chapel during the fall and spring semesters. There is no chapel requirement during the summer or winter term.

The chapel requirement for all students is calculated based on credit hours according to the table below

Credit hours          

Total Chapel Requirement/Semester

12+

40 Chapels

9-11

30 Chapels

6-8

20 Chapels

<6

10 Chapels

Dallas Campus Students

For Dallas Campus students, attendance in person is expected. Students whose schedules do not permit them to be on campus during chapel may make up their chapel requirement online. Chapels are posted online at https://voice.dts.edu/chapel/ and are available on iTunes. In order to count toward a student’s chapel requirement, online chapels viewed must be from the current semester.
 

Students who do no have mandatory off-campus commitments during chapel are expected to attend physically. Chapel is integral to the educational experience at DTS and physical attendance at chapel should be prioritized in the same way as it is for classes.

Houston and Washington, DC Campus Students

For Houston and Washington, DC Students, the chapel requirement may be completed with any combination of live and online chapels.

DTS-Houston provides a live chapel option by hosting three chapel weeks each fall and spring semester. DTS-Houston chapel times during these weeks are 7:15 pm-7:45 pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and 11:30 am-12:00 pm on Saturday. DTS-Houston students are encouraged to take advantage of these twelve live chapel sessions each semester in order to be enriched by their participation in the DTS-Houston community.

DTS-DC students will have an opportunity to attend two live chapel services on DC campus per semester and their attendance will count toward the Chapel requirements. Students are highly encouraged to attend on-campus chapels for worship and for fellowship with faculty, alumni speakers, and one-another.

Online chapels are posted at https://voice.dts.edu/chapel/ and are available on iTunes. In order to count toward a student’s chapel requirement, online chapels viewed must be from the current semester. 

Online, Distance, and Extension Students

For Online, Distance, and Extension Students (including Passion GLobal Institute Students), the entirety of the chapel requirement may be met online. Chapels are posted online at https://voice.dts.edu/chapel/ and are available on iTunes. In order to count toward a student’s chapel requirement, online chapels viewed must be from the current semester. 

Special Students

There is no chapel requirement for MABEL, DMin, PhD, and non-degree students or students enrolled in the Chinese Studies or DTS en Español programs through DTS.

Students enrolled only in Spiritual Formation, the Internship, or the Thesis are expected to meet the minimum requirement of 10 chapels per semester. Chapels are posted online at https://voice.dts.edu/chapel/ and are available on iTunes. In order to count toward a student’s chapel requirement, online chapels viewed must be from the current semester. 

Chapel Reporting

Students are responsible to keep track of their own chapel attendance. At the midpoint and end of the fall and spring semesters, students report that they have met at least half of the semester’s required chapels. Chapel attendance is reported on Canvas under the current semester. Students must report on time or they will not receive any credit for the chapels they have attended.

Fall 2018

Reporting due by:

  • October 22 (for the first half of the semester)
  • December 21 (for the second half of the semester)

Spring 2019

Reporting due by:

  • March 11 (for the first half of the semester)
  • May 13 (for the second half of the semester)

Consequences for Failing to Meet Chapel Requirements

Failure to attend chapel OR report your chapels on time is considered a violation of the chapel policy. Repeated violations will result in follow-up from the Dean of Students.

World Evangelization Conference (WEC)

Attendance is required for the spring World Evangelization Conference (WEC) in addition to the regular chapel requirements for the semester. Dallas campus students must attend the conference for at least two full days (all regular sessions scheduled between 8:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.) or at least five individual sessions throughout the week. Houston campus, online, distance, and extension students must view two WEC sessions online. Online WEC sessions are available at https://voice.dts.edu/chapel-series/

Contact Information

Location: 1st floor of the Walvoord Student Center Phone Number: 214-887-5363 Email Address: chapel@dts.edu