EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING provides direct experience in alternative models of ministry, allowing students to apply diverse skills and education in church environments, community service, research and study.

Experiential Learning

As students begin to recognize the broad possibilities of ministry, SEDL supports students and faculty through opportunities for hands-on application.


Launched through the Chapel in 1994, Alternative Spring Break has given undergraduate students the opportunity to grow as they serve. Students have worked in a variety of settings and have been exposed to diverse cultures and spiritual/religious traditions. Trips have included Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, the District of Columbia, Gullah/Geechie culture, Native American spirituality and tours of historic institutions in the religious history of African Americans. In the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, Alternative Spring Break (ASB) brought over 500 students to post-Katrina New Orleans and the Gulf region to aid in rebuilding efforts. New Orleans continues to be a major site for ASB efforts.

For information about 2011 domestic ASB trips, click here: ASB 2011. For information about the inaugural international trip, to Haiti, click here: ASB 2011-Haiti..
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Chapel Assistants bear a major part of the outreach responsibility for the Chapel and engage in effective peer ministry. Participation in this group has doubled, with over 80 active participants as students lead weekly Bible studies, support Chapel worship and develop community service activities.


Chapel internships expose undergraduate students to the diverse range of needs existing in communities of faith and the possibilities of applying these gifts professionally. Chapel interns work at the Chapel in areas that enhance the skills they are developing through their academic degree programs.


Community service projects enable students to reach out to the wider community. Organized primarily by the Chapel Assistants, these efforts have included the collection and distribution of blankets, food and clothing to homeless persons, meals for area homeless persons and participation in fundraising for area charities.