Chapel at Lipscomb Academy is an opportunity for students to encounter God’s presence, learn about their identity as made in God’s image, see and treat others as created in God’s image, and become more aware of the story God is writing in this world. Students are not merely passive participants in this process, but their involvement and leadership is evident in all schools.
In the Elementary school, chapel may be with the whole school, by grade level or even a homeroom worshipping together. Students have an active role in leading chapel, and are regularly given opportunities to share a favorite verse, say a prayer or lead the group in worship songs. Special Tribal chapels allow the entire Elementary school to meet in smaller groups, or tribes, made up of students from every grade and led by teachers and administrators to engage in worship and service.
Middle school chapel also takes a variety of forms; some days there is a speaker following the theme of the year, other days are spent in praise to God, and students meet in “Mentoring Mustang” groups every week. Made up of students from every grade and facilitated by a teacher, these groups allow an opportunity to learn from students both older and younger, offer a time of small group discussion and prayer and build relationships throughout the middle school. A favorite chapel experience is Boy/Girl chapel and every homeroom has the chance during the year to plan and execute a chapel experience for the entire Middle school. Student involvement is valued and encouraged, and students regularly participate in a variety of roles as we worship together.
Student leadership is even more evident in our high school chapel experiences. A unique class offered to Juniors and Seniors, Chapel Practicum, builds leadership and ownership as students select and schedule speakers, plan and lead worship experiences, and write the discussion guides for small groups. Every week, students meet in peer-led small groups to process and apply the message, pray together, and build relationships. On menu chapel days, high school students get to choose where they will spend their chapel time and the type of experience they would like to have. Through variations in form and structure, high school chapel is designed to provide meaningful, relevant worship experiences to our students.