Barclay College requires all students to participate in Christian Service every semester.
Christian Service is something that we hope at some point will become a natural part of your life if it is not already. Our Bible College accrediting body, ABHE, requires that we encourage and keep record of Christian Service hours. Twelve clock hours of service equals one Christian Service Unit. The expectation is that by the time you have studied for eight semesters, you will have earned eight units of Christian Service, which means you would have served for a total of 96 clock hours. Students may serve for more than 12 clock hours per semester; however, only one unit of service may be earned per semester.
A Chance to Serve
Though we keep track of hours of service, it is not primarily about earning service points, there is a greater purpose. Serving others is about living out the life of Christ who "came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many." Jesus said, "If you want to find your life, lose it." When we allow God to lead us in following the Son of God's example of service to others, we truly experience life.
Explore Career Opportunities
In addition, Christian Service allows students to explore various ministry opportunities or even create new ones. We encourage students to participate in Christian Service assignments that correlate with their chosen degree program. Some traditional ideas of Christian Service include: children's and youth ministries, preaching and teaching, caring for the elderly and infirm, leading a Bible study in your neighborhood, singing in the choir, or serving in the Church.