By Rick Vacek
CUU Information Office
Like so many other events on the Grand Canyon University campus, Chapel and The Gathering are set to hit the reset button in the 2021-22 academic year.
The pandemic has forced the cancellation or reduction of most gatherings. Students attending Chapel were seated in the middle of the cardboard cutouts used for sporting events, and the gathering had to be moved outside the Quad.
But they’re back to normal this fall, and college leaders are eager to see the usual large crowds for the two – especially in light of declining church attendance across the country.
“I think there is a great opportunity for students this fall to do what the church community really needs from future leaders, which is to create a positive reset going forward and say that community worship is important, “said Dr Tim Griffin, Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students and Campus Pastor.
“I think it might be a reset for God’s people to look at young leaders and say, ‘It is important that we come together and worship together and listen to the Word of God together and pray together. and that we communicate together. Too many people have checked to do so. This could be a very good reset button for spiritual life in general.
Griffin would love to be able to show the community that GCU Arena is full week after week for Chapel, which starts at 11 a.m. on Mondays starting September 13. The message would be clear, in his mind, “Look, we didn’t miss a beat. We missed the last year because we were following the protocols. But, in the future, young leaders, young Christians in the future. university, they voted with their feet. ”
The date of the first chapel, normally the first day of class, has been pushed back by two weeks this year because Welcome Week was for the first time the week before Labor Day. To fill the void, the annual Ignite Worship Night has been moved from Welcome Week to Tuesday, September 7 at 7 p.m. in the Arena.
The Gathering, a more intimate weekly worship service at Antelope Gymnasium, will then begin the following Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Chapel and The Gathering both begin with the music of student worship teams. An inspiring talk follows, by a visiting pastor, ministry coordinator or university leader.
These are the two biggest and most emotional events on campus pretty much every week. Griffin watched in wonder the large flocking crowds.
“It’s just amazing that we come to campus every year and here is this group of students saying, ‘This is important to me,’ he said.
“It’s word of mouth. When they say to themselves: ‘You have to be part of it’, it takes off organically.
The list includes links to some of the speakers’ past discussions if they are returning or information about them if they are visiting for the first time:
September 13 – Brian Mueller, President of the CUU
September 20 -Terry Mackey, Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church
September 27 – Dr Tim Griffin, Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students and Campus Pastor
October 4 – Jeff Dyer, Heartfire Missions
- An ear, nose and throat surgeon, Dyer travels regularly to the Middle East and Central America and helps students step out of their comfort zones on life-changing medical mission trips. His passion is the research and teaching of the Word of God. “He’s the coolest guy,” Griffin said. “I think the students are going to fall in love with him.”
October 11 – Chapel of musical worship
October 18 – Ashley Wooldridge, Church of Christ of the Valley
25 october – Jodi Hickerson, Mission Church, Ventura, California
November, 1st – Brian Hommel, Unlimited potential
- Arizona Diamondbacks coach saves girls from sex trafficking and involves players and coaches.
November 8 – John Talley, Roosevelt Community Church
- He is on the staff of the same church where Vermon Pierre is the senior pastor. The pastor gave this speech in the chapel in February 2020.
November 15 -Jason Fritz, Illuminate the community church
- It comes highly recommended by a church frequented by many GCU students.
22 november – Thanksgiving Chapel
29 november – Chris Brown, North Coast Church, Vista, California
December 6 – Christmas chapel
September 7 – Ignite the night of worship
September 14 – Dr. Tim Griffin, Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students and Campus Pastor
September 21 – Scott Savage, Cornerstone Church, Prescott, Arizona
September 28 – Night of worship
October 5 – Donald Glenn, Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion
12 october – Kelsie Doan, GCU Spiritual Life
October 19 – Cory Tubbs, GCU Spiritual Life
October 26 – Night of worship
November 2 – David Lemus, Movement Church, Laguna Hills, California
November 9 – Night of prayer
November 16 – Jon Jennings, Pure Heart Church, Phoenix
November 30 – Night of worship
Contact Rick Vacek at (602) 639-8203 or [email protected].
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