CLW Frequently Asked Questions


  • What is CLW?

    CLW stands for Community Life & Worship. This program has been developed to offer a variety of opportunities for spiritual development and service, both on and off campus. Like an academic curriculum, there are requirements you must meet for graduation, but the program is flexible enough to make every student’s experience unique.

  • Do I have to participate?

    Every undergraduate student must earn the minimum of 80 CLW credits in order to graduate, and there are a  number of opportunities available so each student can accrue their credits as they choose.

  • As a transfer student, how many CLW credits do I need?

    The number of CLW credits required of transfer students varies depending on how many academic credits are transferred in. Transfer student will receive CLW credit of 3/4 credit for every transfer hour, up to a maximum of 60. For example, a student with 40 transfer hours will receive 30 CLW credits towards the requirement of 80 CLW credits.

  • What are Mission Learning Opportunities (MLO)?

    Mission Learning Opportunities (MLO) are local and international mission trips or service trips offered through HBU.

    These are a great way for students to serve and develop a deeper understanding of how Jesus works in places all around the world.

  • How can I get CLW credits?

    You can earn two types of CLW credits: “A” and “B”

    • “A” credits may be obtained by attending convocation, which is held each week.
    • “B” credits may be obtained by participating in activities such as weekly prayer walks and Bible Studies.
    • In addition to scheduled on-campus events, there are a number of opportunities to get CLW “B” credits at your own convenience by completing history courses at the Dunham Bible Museum, and CS Lewis courses at the library.

    Each student is responsible for making sure their attendance is recorded properly, either by getting their ID card scanned or signing in.

  • How do I know how many credits I have?

    Check your progress by logging in to the portal and clicking on the “CLW Credits” icon on the bottom left. If you have any questions upon checking your progress here, contact the Spiritual Life Department to inquire further.

  • What is Convocation?

    Convocation (Convo) is similar to chapel on other campuses, and is a vital part of the HBU community.

    Convocation is held twice a week at the following times and locations:

    • Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. in Dunham Theater
    • Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. in the MCAC Lyceum
  • Where is the Spiritual Life Office?

    You can visit the Spiritual Life office on the second floor of the MD Anderson Student Center, above the bookstore.

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