Practical Service Program
Our Savior taught us that to be an effective leader one must first be a willing servant. Thus, we at Covenant believe that Christianity establishes the dignity of labor, and the Reformed faith in particular, emphasizes our duty to serve God by serving His church and His world in a variety of callings. As Christian brothers and sisters, we are all part of the body of Christ and, as such, each have different responsibilities to that body. Covenant College needs you to help us build our College to God’s glory. Thus, to this end, Covenant College has implemented the Practical Service Program (see I Corinthians 12, especially verses 12-27). The Practical Service Program is to reflect the College’s Statement of Purpose.
The purpose of the program is threefold:
- To further develop our identity in Christ as individuals and as His body.
- To learn and apply a biblical frame of reference (thoughts and attitudes).
- To serve as Christ would serve (actions).
These threefold goals should benefit the community by providing necessary services to members of the College community and assisting the College in holding down operating costs as a means of good stewardship of the College’s (and your) resources.
To give you just one example of how our students are using the gifts and passions God has given them to impact Chattanooga, one of our sophomores has been volunteering weekly at a local hospital. Listen to what she has to say about the experience:
Having this opportunity to volunteer at Erlanger has helped me in so many ways. For one, it has helped me to realize that I do have time to volunteer. Many times I get caught up in my own busy life and I don’t feel like I have time to give back, but this experience has shown me that there is time if you make it. This experience has also helped me to learn how to be a servant for Christ without expecting anything in return. Through this weekly experience, I found myself doing this service out of love, and not because it was required."
Freshmen are required to complete 15 hours of practical service per semester. Freshmen are involved in various assignments and projects on campus. The majority of freshmen are assigned to Facilities Services or Athletics. Jobs include custodial cleaning of campus buildings, moving furniture, gym monitoring, and working at athletic events. Students can expect to work on teams with other freshmen and a student team leader.
Sophomores and juniors are also required to complete 15 hours of practical service per semester. Sophomores and juniors may be assigned to service positions on campus working with faculty or staff, but are encouraged to choose a service or work-related position off campus. Examples of possible on-campus positions include, but are not limited to, working with a professor, tutoring, serving as a residence hall council member or discipleship coordinator, painting, housing and informing prospective students, working with the athletic program, Student Senate and office work. Some examples of off-campus positions are babysitting children of faculty and staff members, volunteering at a local church, Widows Harvest, the Chattanooga Nature Center, Young Life, the Chattanooga Food Bank, and various other ministries. All work must be approved by the Office of Student Development.
Seniors, married students, and students who have completed six semesters of practical service are exempt from practical service.
Any questions regarding the Practical Service Program should be directed to the Student Development Office: