We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord... bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.
To develop mature believers who have a firm foundation of faith and who are leaders in their homes, jobs, and ministries.
This program was created for those who believe they are called to a life of leadership – whether in church ministry, the business world, or any other arena of life. We study leadership from a biblical perspective, since the leadership that Jesus modeled brings wisdom and knowledge that sets up all careers for success. This program is for those who don’t just want to drift through life, but want to be intentional about using their influence to positively affect as many lives as possible.
Since our relationship with Jesus is the cornerstone for discovering our calling, the 30-credit Diploma program is the first half of the Associates program’s requirements. The remaining 30 credits (consisting of higher-level biblical study, leadership training, personal development, and internships) are focused on developing you into a leader in ministry, whether your ministry is at your church, your home, your workplace, your school - wherever God leads you. The Diploma-level courses must be completed prior to or concurrently with the Associates-level courses.
Upon completion, students will be able to:
Practice spiritual disciplines habitually and independently, including daily Bible reading and prayer, weekly church attendance, and serving
Describe the central theme of the Bible and explain how each book of the Bible contributes to that theme both in writing and verbally
Articulate the message of the gospel accurately using knowledge of biblical truth, basic apologetics, and personal testimony to individuals and to a crowd
Demonstrate competency in leading a church ministry area, including goal-setting and communication skills
Explain the basics of the major branches of systematic theology and how they are relevant to today’s world, including how to present them to people of a variety of backgrounds
Apply biblical concepts and principles to their lives at home, at work, and in ministry, especially in leadership situations
Explain their personal temperament and how this affects their leadership styles and areas of responsibility
Describe their personal visions from God and make lists describing the steps it will take to achieve them
- Describe a brief history of the church from the day of Pentecost to today, explaining the original purposes of the church and how to carry those purposes out effectively in today’s culture