Spiritual formation at McAfee is intentional and is present in all aspects of McAfee’s life through worship, prayers, small groups, and other Christian disciplines. Students, staff, and faculty members join together as people of faith growing together in the grace and knowledge of God. We provide a variety of resources that assist persons in enhancing their relationship with God. We believe that living life together and in community is a vital part of a growing and deepening faith.
We believe a crucial part of theological education is the experience of shared life and faith. Mercer University' McAfee School of Theology encourages all students to contribute to this community of faith. Led by various members of the McAfee community, chapel is a weekly opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to share in each other's joys and sorrows, triumphs and concerns. It is a time in which we encounter the Spirit of God as we develop friendships and bonds that last long after graduation.
The McAfee Community meets together for Christian worship every Tuesday morning from 11 a.m.-noon during the fall and spring semesters when classes are in session.
Mercer University, in partnership with Aziz Dhanani, a graduate of Aligarh Muslim University, our Muslim partners in India, and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Georgia, dedicated its interfaith prayer garden and labyrinth on May 14, 2015, on the Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus in Atlanta. The faculty of Mercer’s McAfee School of Theology often use this garden and its outdoor classroom for experiential learning. Anyone is welcome to use the labyrinth at any time for their own spiritual edification.
Each academic year, there is a retreat for faculty, staff, and students to encourage fellowship among the McAfee community. At the retreat, the whole McAfee community engages with one another and with their own spiritual lives. There is both scheduled and unscheduled time set aside for spiritual enrichment for our community through prayer, recreation, small and large group activities, and shared meals.
The retreat is mandatory for all Spiritual Formation students. Many students choose to go on the retreat each year even after they have completed the Spiritual Formation requirement.
Noonday Prayer originated as a Christian Monastic practice that punctuated different times of the day with prayer. At McAfee, Noonday Prayer serves as a weekly opportunity to learn about different ways to pray. For 15 minutes each week, students and all others who want to participate are invited to experience a new practice in prayer and being with God. These practices help students further develop their prayer life and help them remember the importance of building relationship with God during seminary.