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We sometimes say, “Chapel is where you hear the heartbeat of Harding.”

Because of the size of the student body, we now have two chapel services each morning, one at 9 a.m. and the other at 10 a.m. each morning. These services last for 35 minutes and are centered on the following three themes, which encompass what Chapel is really about:

  • Chapel is about worship. With all the noise, busyness, stresses and demands that we all face, it is a blessing to have this daily time when we can refocus on who God is, who we are, and why we are on this earth.

  • Chapel is about community building. Harding University is like a very large family. In chapel we all get to sing, celebrate and grieve together.

  • Chapel is about affirming the Harding identity. Chapel is one of the ways that we demonstrate, both to the world and to ourselves, that faith in God remains at the center of all we do.

Whether you attend daily chapel as a student or watch it via streaming video, we welcome you to the most special 35 minutes of our day. And if you listen closely, we believe you will hear the heartbeat of Harding University. Welcome to chapel, and experience just a glimpse of why it’s great to be at Harding.

Chapel Live

Live Audio           iTunes U (some noteworthy chapels are available here)

Chapel Schedule

October 6 - 10, 2014

Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 

Physician Assistant Program


Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014

Spring Break Campaigns Kick Off


Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014

Center for World Missions


Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014

Announcements/Basketball Team


Friday, Oct. 10, 2014


Chapel Etiquette
  • Be on time.
  • Students who are tardy will need to check with the appropriate chapel checker before walking quietly to their seat.
  • Students who are more than 10 minutes late will be counted absent.
  • Students are allowed 10 unexcused absences per semester, as well as five written excuses for illness. The written excuses must be turned in within seven days of the absence.
  • After these absences, any other absence from chapel must have a Student Life dean's approval or a note from a medical professional.
  • Sitting in someone else's seat is not allowed. Students must sit in their assigned seat or they will be counted absent.
  • No food or drink is permitted in the auditorium.
  • Men should remove caps during chapel.
  • Laptops, cell phones and headphones may not be used during chapel.
  • Appropriate respect for speakers and others is expected.

Chapel Times

There are two scheduled chapel services in the Benson Auditorium.  Students must choose between 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. chapel. Seats are assigned by the Office of Student Life.