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Christian Service Handbook
2012 - 2013
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Questions: christian.service@mccks.edu

Christian Service is a “hands on” focused activity designed to integrate academic exercise with practical ministry in an observable and evaluative environment so the student will develop experience in a specific service activity.

Christian Service offers three areas in which a student has the opportunity to enhance their Christian growth and development.

  1. In personal growth, a student is encouraged to use this program toward continued spiritual growth.
  2. In body life, a student is encouraged to become an integral part of a local church where spiritual gifts can be recognized and applied.
  3. In ministry, a student is encouraged to seek those areas of service that would allow for application of their giftedness and academic training.

College Requirements
As a full-time degree seeking student and/or living in a college residence hall it is a requirement to be involved in Christian Service during your attendance at MCC.

  • Each student is still required to earn one credit of Christian Service (16 hours) each semester he is enrolled as a degree seeking student - minus one, with seven being the maximum requirement.  [If a student transfers and is only at MCC for four semesters, he needs three credits of Christian service.]  1 CHR Credit = 0 hours.
  • A student with a Christian Ministry major must fulfill the following requirements in choosing the type of Christian service hours:
    1. Two credits from one of the following three categories:
         A. Local Church (CHR 101)
         B. Community Organizations (CHR 111) 
         C.MCC & KSU Organizations (CHR 121)
    2. Two credits from the chosen area of emphasis. (CHR 131) These credits would be supervised by the professor overseeing the emphasis area. These credits still fit in the above three categories but are more closely aligned with the emphasis area.
    3. Three additional credits from any of the above categories.  (Assuming the student is at MCC for eight semesters). 
  • A student not earning a Christian Ministry degree (dual degree, Bible/Theology) must fulfill the following requirements in choosing the type of Christian service hours:
    1. Two credits from the following three categories:
         A. Local Church (CHR 101)
         B. Community Organizations (CHR 111) 
         C. MCC & KSU Organizations (CHR 121)
    2. Five additional credits from any of the above categories.  (Assuming the student is at MCC for eight semesters).

Each category must be completed for “credit” one time in accordance with graduation requirements. The remaining “credits” needed may be earned in any of the three categories.

Sixteen (16) hours during a semester is the minimum time requirement for credit. However, more hours may be involved depending on the activity. It is important the chosen activity does not conflict with scheduled class time or other college requirements. Paid positions, such as a weekend ministry, may also earn Christian Service credit and are considered on an individual basis.

Procedures

  • Handbooks, enrollment forms, time logs, and the semester report may be obtained as follows: inquire at the Christian Service office or download from the MCC Online course site.
  • Seek out an area/activity of interest. Gather information by contacting an organization listed in the Handbook, visiting with the Christian Service Coordinator, or networking with other students.
  • Complete the enrollment form(s) each semester and turn in by the specified due date. Enrollment information can be found on MCC Online.
  • A $100.00 late fee will be charged to your student account if enrolling after the due date. The fall 2012 enrollment due date is September 7. As needed an enrollment extension can be obtained by submitting a letter to the CHR Service committee prior to the enrollment due dates.
  • Any activity change to the enrolled category (CHR 101, 111, or 121) needs the approval of the CHR Service office no later than September 28.
  • If necessary an academic withdrawal from CHR must be made no later than November 9, 2012 for the fall. Please follow the same procedure as dropping a class.
  • Please keep the time log and semester report in order to submit for credit by December 7, 2012 for the fall.
  • Use the time log to record service hours by date, time, and the task. The student is required to obtain the supervisor’s signature at the end of the semester. Credit will not be given unless the supervisor has signed the time log, contacted the CHR office by way of e-mail, or a letter on the organization’s letterhead. Please note the due date on the log. If extra time is needed, contact the CHR Service office prior to the due date. This can be done by a personal visit . Hand written notes left at the information desk will not be sufficient.
  • When completing the semester report log, please give the needed information and thoughtful answers. These forms are considered a part of your academic record and are made available upon request regarding the evaluation for graduation recommendation. Any reports turned in with inappropriate comments will be returned to the student. It is the student’s responsibility to correct and turn in on time.

Christian Service Credit Guidelines
Accepted:

  • Log only the contact hours of the tutoring, service activity, special workdays, etc.
  • Ministry oriented projects which include: youth sponsor, small group leader, teacher of a Sunday school class, and other related jobs. Log the contact hour spent with the group, the preparation and the clean up. One (1) hour of preparation time may be logged when preparing a devotional or lesson.
  • Sermons may count for 2.5 hours which include the preparation and the presentation. Sorry, no travel time.
  • Employed ministry positions may choose one activity such as a Sunday school or youth group to log hours toward the 16 hours needed for credit.
  • Bring new ideas for “credit” to the Christian Service Committee for approval.
  • Within STUCO, "Committee Heads" and "Class Representatives" will be able to receive credit.

Not Accepted:

  • Travel time to the site.
  • Family work projects; exceptions are considered, check for approval.
  • “Attendance only” as a participant does not qualify (e.g. attending a Navigator Bible study).

If you have further questions, you can e-mail Christian Service staff at: christian.service@mccks.edu