Monday, March 30, 2015

Pursuing an education

For several years I have been privileged to serve on the Church Relations Council at Campbellsville University (CU) in Campbellsville, Kentucky. This past week we had our annual spring meeting on the campus. I never attend one of these meetings without being impressed with all that God is doing at this university and with the students who attend there.

Occasionally, I am asked to help evaluate the individuals who apply for the Baptist Leadership Award. I'm always grateful that I am part of a group of persons who evaluate these students and not responsible for selecting the winners myself. This year we had close to 100 applications, and I was amazed at the level of maturity and leadership these students demonstrate. There are some incredible students attending CU.

CU has a tremendous vision called Vision 2025: Preparing Christian Servant Leaders which is their blueprint for the continuing growth and development of the university. We had the opportunity to hear from the president, Dr. Michael Carter, and the deans from the various schools how this vision is shaping the direction of the university.

At a time when many colleges and universities are growing hostile towards Christian organizations on campus, I think it's important that we promote Christian higher education. Students come to CU from many different cultures and religions, but while there they have the opportunity to be exposed to the Gospel through chapel services, campus revivals, Bible studies, and mission trips led by campus ministries. Each year a number of students accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and when they return to their homes they take their new faith with them.

The School of Theology now offers five baccalaureate programs, a Certificate in Christian Ministry, an associates degree, and the Master of Theology. These programs are available on campus or online. This can be a big help for the bivocational minister who may not be able to quit work in order to receive a theological education.

I consider it a privilege to recommend Campbellsville University to individuals who are looking to further their education.  Last week a father called to say his son felt called to the ministry and wanted to know what he needed to do when he graduates from high school this spring. I encouraged him to look at the programs CU offers.  A pastor told me he wanted to further his theological education, and I told him to check with CU to see which of their programs would best meet his needs.

If you are thinking of furthering your education or if you have young people who are looking at colleges, I encourage you to check out what CU has to offer. I think you'll be pleased with what you find. For more information check out their web site at

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