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Charisma’s Best Graduate Schools and Seminaries
Discover the wide variety of degrees offered by Christian institutions of higher learning.
Alumni from four grad schools share how their advanced Christian education helped them make a difference.
When trials assault the graduate student, stress escalates. Learn how one student at Oral Roberts University handled unexpected adversity.
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Faith in the Marketplace
Asbury’s Office of Faith, Work and Economics teaches future pastors how to communicate God’s perspective on work. By Dr. Jay Moon
Getting Through Grad School
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Academia Is Not a Waste of Time Love God with the mind as you pursue truth and beauty in your grad studies. By Anna Plantinga
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elcome to a new way of learning.” Those were always my first words to incoming classes of graduate students at Oral Roberts University. If you’re reading this column, you’re likely considering grad school—or know someone who is. I’d like to add a few thoughts as you prepare to study. Consider now why you want to continue your education. Half of my master’s students were undergraduates who graduated, couldn’t find a job and returned to school immediately. But know this: Graduate school is not school for school’s sake. It’s not about being a perpetual student. An advanced degree is about professional growth. Some students believe grad school will be like their undergraduate program, albeit a little more advanced. That’s not grad school. Undergraduate work focuses on rote memorization and the absorption of information. Grad school requires disciplined thinking. Hard work and discipline are important predictors of success, but teamwork and synthesis are just as important. Undergrads work hard on their studies—just ask them! But grad students are called to a higher level. In master’s programs, students learn how to think critically about what they learned in undergraduate studies. In doctoral programs, scholars create knowledge. I don’t want grad students to color inside the lines. I want them to draw new lines. That’s why I tell them, “Cooperate and graduate.” Network with other students. Build relationships that will propel your career. Too many students compete with each other. The ones who cooperate and share ideas mutually benefit. Sow effort and reap rewards. Solomon may
have been referring to grad schools when he said, “In all labor there is profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty” (Prov. 14:23). But students can’t just work hard. They’ll have to think hard too. To aid your preparation, we’ve created Charisma’s Best Graduate Schools and Seminaries. We’ve asked writers from Christian grad schools across the country to compose a wide-ranging list of features that helps students get the most out of grad school. We begin with alumni from four universities who testify how their grad school experiences shaped them for life in the real world. Asbury Theological Seminary’s Dr. Jay Moon teaches pastors-in-training how their ministries can impact the marketplace. Laura Goetsch helps the new grad student’s family come to grips with the space crunch of a small apartment and a diversity of neighbors adding to the complexity of student life. Grad student Anna Plantinga calls on believers to love God with the mind and shows how that translates into the rigors of academic life. Finally, an article from Oral Roberts University provides tips on how to weather the trials of life during the busyness of grad school—even when the trial is an unexpected illness. Our final section features a full listing of the best Christian grad schools and seminaries in the country—and even a few in Canada! Our team has scoured school websites and compiled the most up-to-date database of information. Phone numbers, email addresses, denominational affiliation and more are all presented in a neat, easy-to-digest format. I hope our guide provides wisdom and counsel to help you select God’s path. I congratulate you on making it this far in your education—and I know God has great things ahead for you.
DR. STEVE GREENE is Charisma Media Group’s publisher and executive vice president. He has served as dean of the College of Business and dean of Distance Learning and was a marketing professor at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 6
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n advanced degree from a Christian graduate institution means the world to many graduates. Coming from different walks of life, the four alumni featured here attended a variety of schools in fields of study ranging from ministerial leadership to law. We invite you to read the profiles of these alumni to learn why they’re glad they made the choice to attend a Christian grad school:
Southeastern University Builder Uses Church Growth Models He Learned in Grad School
Frank Kendrick earned his undergraduate degree in building construction, but after receiving a prophetic word, his church-construction business picked up steam. “I had a superintendent and he was a very spiritual guy,” says Kendrick, a Southeastern graduate and founder and CEO of NuJak Companies. “He would come and literally pour anointing oil on the four corners of the property before we would start. So he told me one day that God had given him a dream that we would be building churches.”
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About a month later, the first call from a church came, and NuJak built the congregation a life center. But that was just the start. The calls from churches kept coming. Kendrick prepared for this new God-given direction through his graduate education at Southeastern University, an Assemblies of God school in Lakeland, Florida. “There’s no way I would be able to operate at that level of knowledge if it [weren’t] for that education that I received at Southeastern,” he says. “It was priceless.” NuJak, which has 24 full-time employees, is headquartered in Lakeland. Launched in 1992, NuJak, whose name is slang for “a go-getter, innovator, trendsetter,” has a presence throughout Florida with offices in Tampa, Gainesville and Hallandale Beach. Early on, the commercial construction company did about 60 percent of its business for churches, but now school buildings of one kind of another comprise about that same percentage of its work. The company specializes in pre-construction, construction management and design-build services for clients in other areas as well, such as government, health care, industrial/warehouse and commercial/retail industries. co n t inu ed »
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Kendrick received his Master of Arts in ministerial leadership at Southeastern and has since completed several building projects for the campus. The latest was a livelearn facility named Buena Vida, a four-story, 125,000-square-foot facility that houses classrooms, faculty offices, student residences and common areas, music practice rooms, a choral rehearsal hall, auditorium and a food court. “It’s the first of its kind across the country,” he says. Kendrick’s advanced degree helps him guide churches to consider their views on church growth and their best options for building—or not. “There’s that old model of ‘Build it and they will come,’” Kendrick says. “It works in business and typical real estate, but it doesn’t work in churches.” God has placed in Kendrick’s heart a real burden to help churches. “My heart bleeds every time I hear of a church that spent, whether it’s $5,000 or $50,000, on a project that 10
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never materializes because I think about the people who sacrificially gave in this building fund or whatever it is. In one stroke of a pen, we write that money right out, and some company or some guy has profited from this to no avail to the church. That really bothers me.” Kendrick’s education and experience at Southeastern were “outstanding,” he says. “I think what I enjoyed most about the program was dynamic interaction between pastors. There were several pastors that always had examples of practical things they had experienced in their ministry during their growth pains, if you will, that always seemed to bring a pragmatic side to what we were learning in theory, so I just enjoyed the interactive discussions that we had.” Prior to coming to the school, he had already served on several boards with Dr. Mark Rutland, then president of Southeastern, but other relationships developed as well. “The professors had various backgrounds, whether they were
CHRISTINE D. JOHNSON is editor of Charisma’s Best Graduate Schools and Seminaries.
Liberty University Graduate Serves as Chaplain to Kansas City Chiefs
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NuJak Companies founder and CEO Frank Kendrick, left, talks with pastor Wayne Blackburn, vice chairman of Southeastern University’s board of trustees, at the school’s Buena Vida facility, which was built by NuJak.
former pastors or educators or administrators, it was just a broad diversity of experience that made the overall curriculum just so much better,” Kendrick says. Beyond serving the church with his business, Kendrick also believes in being a “strong corporate citizen.” He seeks to integrate his company into the community and says he is increasingly focused on one thing: “initiatives that benefit children and particularly kids that were at risk.” In his younger years, community programs helped him significantly. “I was a by-product of those type of programs, from a single-parent household,” he says. “Coaches, they were extensions of your own parents. When I think about where I am today and where we are today, those community partners had every bit as much participation and input as my own parents. We want to be that to others and pay that forward.”
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Falwell, Liberty University’s founder, if he could walk alongside him while Falwell served as a pastor. Kelley, who played baseball for Liberty while earning his degree in biblical studies, eventually became Falwell’s personal intern, working toward his master’s degree in pastoral leadership through the Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Falwell was more than a fierce warrior for Christian values, Kelley says. The late pastor was a compassionate listener who helped friends—and sometimes the not-so- friendly—understand the love of God. “I observed him—how he interacted with people and how he prayed for audacious visions,” Kelley remembers. “It was such an incredible opportunity.” And it taught Kelley more about ministry than any class could. “He would slowly and gingerly walk me through the responsibilities of being a pastor,” Kelley says. Kelley took what he learned from Dr. Falwell and went on to pastor churches in Austin and Dallas, Texas, before returning to his hometown to shepherd a church in Kansas City. After he spoke at a chapel for the Chiefs, the NFL team offered him the job as chaplain. Kelley and his wife, Frances, now minister to the players and their families before games. “We just help them to see Christ in an authentic way,” Kelley says. “I really encourage these guys to articulate their testimonies and to use and leverage the platform that God has given them to broadcast the Gospel to the world.” Quarterback Chase Daniel appreciates the support. “I have a call with [Kelley] almost every single week, just to catch up and to make sure we’re staying strong in our faith and holding each other accountable,” Daniel says. Not long after Kelley started as Kansas City’s team chaplain, he saw an opportunity to bring more Chiefs fans to Christ. In a partnership with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, at 9:30 a.m. before every noon home game, they turn the Bud Light Party Pavilion into a place of worship. “And we just bust it out,” Kelley says. “We hand out Bibles. We give people cha ri s masbe st.co m
an opportunity to invite Christ into their lives. It’s the only thing like it in the NFL. ... Hopefully, we will be able to take the idea to other teams, other professional sports.” Kelley’s association with a major sports franchise has multiplied his opportunities to share Christ. And he’s taking advantage, humbly. “I just tell people all the time, ‘Look, I’m a broken person who has found Christ, and I just want to share authentically what God has done in my life,’” Kelley says. “And hopefully, by our lives, and by the redemption that Christ has offered, they can see hope.” And through it all, the audacious visions of Dr. Falwell often re-emerge. “Christ and Christ crucified—that’s our message,” Kelley says. This original article from Liberty University and Game On appeared in Liberty Journal.
Regent University Pastor’s Homeschooled Daughter Makes a ‘Positive Difference’ in Family Law
When Abigail Johnston announced her plans to be an attorney, her grandfather’s first question was: “How in the world can you be a lawyer and a Christian?” The self-described, Type-A future lawyer responded: “Just watch me.”
Today, the pastor’s daughter is a wife, mother of two preschool sons and owner of The Johnston Law Firm, an Orlando, Florida, firm that employs 10 and handles family and dependency court cases ranging from adoption to special education advocacy to divorce and paternity cases. “I accepted the Lord at 9 after my dad read the story of Nicodemus in our family devotions,” Johnston says. “I knew I needed to do something in response. Something clicked.” Johnston grew up outside of Columbus, Ohio, and was homeschooled with her siblings through middle school, then she went to a public high school. The family moved to Orlando right after Johnston graduated, and she attended the University of Central Florida (UCF), completing her undergraduate degree in three years. She planned to be a physical therapist like her mother until she realized she didn’t have a passion for it. “So I took an aptitude test, and ‘lawyer’ was on the top of the list,” she says. Johnston chose to attend law school at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where she could weave her faith in with her law studies. “Regent was the very first school I got a call from, within 24 to 48 hours after I applied,” Johnston says. “Everything fell into place so exactly, and the path became so clear. I had a strong sense that to be true to myself and my faith and upbringing, I needed to make sure all of that fit together in my study of the law.” Johnston says each of her Regent law school classes had a devotion time and a perspective of the law that included faith. After graduation, Johnston dived into family law, an area where she can be “intentional” about the cases she chooses and work to reconcile divorcing spouses or enable them to make decisions as amicably as possible. She works pro bono with dependency cases and mentors UCF Honors students and Regent law students. She is a member of the Christian Legal Society, has been a guardian ad litem in Orange County, Florida, since 2002 and a court-appointed attorney ad litem in 2 01 7 | C H A RI S M A ’S B EST
NATALIE GILLESPIE i s an author, editor and journalist. She also speaks nationally on topics such as stepfamilies and adoption.
Dr. Carol Peters-Tanksley
Oral Roberts University Grad School Equips Physician to Minister to Patients’ Souls
Combine the healing skills of a practicing OB-GYN with the spiritual insights of an ordained minister, and you get Dr. Carol Peters-Tanksley— also known as “Dr. Carol” to her patients and “Doctor Doctor” to her friends. Along with being a licensed physician who specializes in reproductive endocrinology, she also holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Oral Roberts University. From a young age, Dr. Carol knew she wanted to be a physician. Early in her medical training, she realized she 12
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wanted to care specifically for women. “That’s how my whole journey started,” she says. “I remember so clearly, just a few years into practice, realizing that I can write prescriptions, I can do surgery, I can deliver babies, but I can’t fix people. I can’t cure them. “There’s so much more going on with these women who I cared for that I just don’t feel equipped to really deal with. Yes, medicine is a ministry, and many Christian physicians offer great ministries to people who they care for. But God built me for something a little more integrated, and I remember so clearly that process when He pulled me to bring me in more directly, more overtly.” At that point, Dr. Carol went back to school to earn her D.Min. degree. “You can’t separate spiritual and body from who you are into separate parts any more than you can separate flour, eggs, sugar and salt from a loaf of bread,” she says. Dr. Carol considers her comprehensive approach to health the role God has designed her for, given the “integrated way in which God made us,” she says. “When I am taking care of a woman as a physician, I have to fill that position’s role, but my ministry training and experience give me a kind of awareness. There are times when a woman ... will be open to discussing and bringing in the other aspects of her life, sometimes not. There are also many situations where I am filling the ministerial role more as either an adviser, a speaker or interacting with individuals or couples online. “One of the things that a lot of women ask about is the intersection between women, hormones and their mental health. Certain times during the month or during their reproductive life cycle, menopause or whatever, those hormonally related times bring up relationship issues. They tweak a woman’s spiritual resilience in unique ways. I think that’s one of the unique parts of who God built me to be—to bring those different aspects of life together.” In addition to her dual doctor duties, Dr. Carol is an author, blogger, speaker, radio and television program producer, and former host of “The Dr. Carol Show,” which was
broadcast on radio from 2009 to 2015. But Dr. Carol believes her personal journey “has to do with not the physical practice but rather with speaking, writing and classes,” she says. “Right now by far, the biggest single area of pain I’m hearing about from the people I talk with has to do with relationships in marriage. I’m actively working on
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building some resources to help troubled marriages become better and good marriages become great.” One of those resources is her upcoming book, Overcoming Fear and Anxiety Through Spiritual Warfare, which releases in June from Siloam, an imprint of Charisma House. Dr. Carol admits she didn’t grow up with good role models for marriage. “God brought my husband and me together when I was 48,” she recalls. “I’d never been married previously. My husband was a little older than me. He passed away last year. We loved each other well. I have come to a place where I can be so grateful for the gift of who my husband was to me and of what our marriage was in preparing me for the next part of what I believe God is calling me to do.” KATHLEEN SAMUELSON i s a freelance writer and editor based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. c h ar ism asb est . com
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Orange County since 2004. “I have many cases where we really do make a positive difference through the services we put in place, to see my clients become different people when they get out of an abusive situation, for example, or to strategize with divorcing clients in a way that either leaves the possibility for reconciliation open, or even helps to reconcile them,” she says. Johnston admits it can be difficult to juggle the roles of wife, mother, mentor, leader and attorney, but says it is vital for women to be all God created them to be. “I think being a woman in the marketplace has been a struggle,” Johnston says. “There are still men who treat women in a disrespectful way. The challenge for me is to answer that disrespect in a very respectful way. That can be tough. I do a lot of mentoring and working with other professional women. “Also, we women forget sometimes to carve out space for ourselves. We need to have personal goals and do things that feed our emotional needs. I don’t necessarily like the word ‘balance.’ For me, the word that makes more sense is ‘harmony.’ Harmony is everything working together in unity. That’s what my husband and I try to be intentional about.”
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Faith in the Marketplace
How future pastors can disciple others in the value of work
recently had lunch with a young, freshly minted law school graduate. As he finished his pie, he looked at me with a sincere yet perplexed expression, confessing, “I don’t really know how my faith in Jesus relates to my work.” He openly shared how he struggled to make sense of the two: faith and work. For him, they were separate entities, so one encroaching on the other was not only advised against but also seemingly impossible. This is a sentiment shared by millions of Christians in what they consider to be “secular” professions, as they are unaware of the peril this school of thought lends to their lives. They invest more than 40 hours a week of time and emotion in their work, yet overlook the potential for God’s discipling activity. Discipleship in the marketplace is a topic that is crucial for influential, 16
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thriving Christians to embrace, but it can be difficult to understand. Why, for instance, do we lay hands on and commission our missionaries and pastors but not our business leaders and teachers? Even worse, how do we approach professions that seem to be far removed from the kingdom of God? For example, lawyers are often the target of jokes, even in church, as if to infer that their profession is inherently selfish, arrogant and driven only by monetary gain. Where does discipleship fit into that lifestyle? So it’s important to provide perspective to help future pastors disciple others in the value of work.
Meaningful Work Dignifies Us
The Garden of Eden was designed as a place of perfection and solace, where God walked with Adam daily and all of
nature lived in harmony. In this ideal picture of what Earth was originally intended to reflect, God created work for Adam in the form of caring for the animals and plants. Work, then, is not a result of the fall; rather, work was always designed as a gift from God so humans could flourish and thrive as a society. Even today, meaningful work dignifies humans. If you don’t believe it, look at someone who has been out of work for an extended period of time and observe the effects on self-esteem and confidence. In The Divine Conspiracy Continued: Fulfilling God’s Kingdom on Earth, Dallas Willard states: “Business is an amazingly effective means of delivering God’s love to the world by loving, serving and providing for one another.” John Wesley’s concept of prevenient grace identifies God’s role in the marketplace. God goes ahead of us there, c h ar ism asb est . com
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providing footpaths for people to receive saving grace. Consider this: The marketplace is largely a relational network whereby people make exchanges, and the desire for this transfer of talents and services connects us with people with whom we would otherwise never cross paths or even interact. Without us realizing it, God established the marketplace so we would continually interact and serve others. Is it possible, then, that God designed this relational web to help us live out the Great Commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves? God sends Christians into the marketplace to worship by doing their jobs with excellence and above all, love. Dorothy Sayers aptly describes this struggle in her essay “Why Work?”: “How can anyone remain interested in a religion which seems to have no concern with nine-tenths of life? The church’s approach to an intelligent carpenter is usually confined to exhorting him not to be drunk and disorderly in his leisure hours, and to come to church on Sundays. What the church should be telling him is this: that the very first demand that his religion makes upon him is that he should make good tables. cha ri s masbe st.co m
Church by all means, and decent forms of amusement, certainly–but what use is all that if in the very center of his life and occupation he is insulting God with bad carpentry? No crooked legs or illfitted drawers ever, I dare swear, came out of the carpenter’s shop at Nazareth.” The first act of workplace discipleship is to perform our work for the glory of God–with excellence and care, treating and valuing co-workers and clients above our paychecks, above our promotions and above our egos. Perhaps this is what Paul had in mind when he said, “Therefore, whether you eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31). I’m not saying it’s easy because—let’s face it—obedience rarely is. Work done with excellence and finesse without a possible explanation beyond a divine relationship with God is a true mark of a disciple.
Collective and Individual Worship
Our theology limits our understanding of discipleship when we fail to balance work with rest and fail to distinguish between collective and individual worship. In “Made for Worship” in The Pastor’s Guide to Fruitful Work and
Economic Wisdom: Understanding What Your People Do All Day, Jay Slocum describes it this way: “If Christians see work as a worshipful act, while also seeing Sabbath-keeping as a way of offering our rest to God, a very large part of our life becomes worship. Moreover, when we realize that God desires to gather us for corporate worship (on Sunday, for instance) and then scatter us throughout the world in an offering of individual worship, the only time worship is not taking place is in our sleep!” Suppose doctors, lawyers, engineers, dentists and people in other professions understood the difference between collective and individual worship. Although our church services provide collective worship, the real intent of these gatherings is to send people into the marketplace for individual worship each day on the job. This concept of “sending” leads to another reason we often miss the value of discipleship in the workplace: We misunderstand the nature and mission of God.
Mission in the Marketplace
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wondered if God had sent me to this place, to these people, for a distinct purpose. After sharing with some of my co-workers during a coffee break one day, we decided to start a “Bible break.” Gathering Fridays for lunch at a local restaurant, we read and discussed Scripture, prayed for each other and invited others to our gathering. Although the gathering ebbed and flowed, we gradually found that even
“God calls us to be persistent and as bold as lions, seeing our work as part of His larger mission as He continues to mold and shape the hearts of the people around us.” Holy Spirit’” (John 20:21-22). The missio dei is then God’s sending of people to any place they are needed. Shouldn’t this also be true in the marketplace? When it is, the marketplace can become an ideal venue for discipleship. Working seven years as a professional civil engineer, I experienced the difficulty of finding God’s place in a corporate environment. As I rubbed shoulders with other engineers, clients and contractors, I gradually 18
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engineers can practice discipleship in their daily jobs. Although you may not be fully in the workforce yet, you may be thinking, But you don’t understand the people I work with! That could never happen at my job. What I didn’t tell you about was the amount of time and prayer it took to be able to broach the subject of faith. But God calls us to be persistent and as bold as lions, seeing our work as part of His larger mission as He continues
to mold and shape the hearts of the people around us. Some take workplace discipleship a step further by asking, “Why not start a business that makes a profit and also creates a change to reflect the kingdom of God?” Consider, for example, entrepreneurs who started a coffee shop/cafe that also gathers people to form a church (thecamphouse.com) or college students who started a clothing business to employ at-risk women and disciple them in the way of Jesus (bygracedesigns.org). Although these social entrepreneurships and venues vary, what they have in common is this: They recognize God sent them into the marketplace because they realized discipleship was not limited to Sunday morning. As we finished our meal, my young lawyer friend thanked me for discussing discipleship in the marketplace. “Living for something greater” and “making a difference” are not just Instagram hashtags or idealistic notions thrown around by a lost culture seeking a divine appointment; they are the true intent God has for our lives. Instead of regarding work as simply a means to put bread on the table, what if your workplace is the very venue God intended for you to live out your missional calling? At Asbury Theological Seminary, we provide resources to equip you to lead your congregations and communities in the church and the marketplace. As faith and work integration resources are often limited, we desire to equip pastors, future pastors and laypersons to integrate the witness of the Christian faith into the marketplace by educating them in holistic discipleship. As Martin Luther said, “God doesn’t need our good works, but our neighbor does.” DR. JAY MOON is professor of church planting and evangelism at Asbury Theological Seminary. In addition to teaching a wide variety of classes, he has been involved in numerous, innovative missional enterprises, including ministries to First Nations people; ``urban, “at-risk” neighborhoods; and a church plant with Embrace United Methodist Church. This article was adapted from the spring 2015 edition of The Asbury Herald. c h ar ism asb est . com
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called to go far away from home. Although this does occur, mission is really about God sending people to any location to reach others. Notice the entire Trinity engaged in the mission of God through this sending: “So Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As My Father has sent me, even so I send you.’ When He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the
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Getting Through Grad School Staying the course when the going gets tough BY ADAM PALMER
raduate school is, by design, the next level of difficulty after receiving an undergraduate degree. Everyone who has ever attempted an advanced degree knows this—and yet the reality often outweighs the expectation.
You knew it was going to be hard. You just didn’t realize it would be this hard. And then you find out you’re going to have to do it all one-handed, with half your brain tied behind your back. Such was the case with Evelyn Drury, who encountered some unexpected difficulties in the middle of pursuing her Ed.D. at Oral Roberts University (ORU). At the time, Drury was the dean of administration for Urshan College in greater St. Louis. She had just finished her comprehensive exams and was preparing to buckle down for the intense and grueling ordeal of writing her dissertation. “That’s when I started having trouble,” Drury says. “When I started the program, I didn’t have any health issues. I was in my late 50s and was feeling great. Everything was going well. I was enjoying my classes.” But then a significant health issue turned her life upside down. “I started falling,” she says. “I started having trouble going up and down steps and things like that.” Unsure what to make of her physical condition, Drury sought medical advice, eventually making her way to a diagnostic clinic in Houston, 20
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Texas, where she learned the source of her troubles: primary progressive multiple sclerosis (MS). “It began to affect the entire right side of my body, my right leg and my right arm,” Drury says. “I had to start
“I thought I’d never get through, and there were many times I wanted to quit, but I’m not a quitter.”—Dr. Evelyn Drury wearing a brace and using a cane.” Unfortunately, Drury’s limitations weren’t just physical. “MS also affects your stamina and your thinking ability,” she says. “Because it’s a neurological thing, it affects the amount of time you can spend concentrating on doing work, so I’d have to take breaks. I couldn’t stay at it hours at time like I used to.” That’s why it took her nine long years to complete her doctorate, four of which were spent writing her dissertation with her sole working hand.
“Thankfully, I’m left-handed!” she says in her self-effacing but cheery style. “I’m from a generation where you had to memorize the whole keyboard when you learned to type, so I got pretty proficient at doing it one-handed.” And on top of the physical and mental exhaustion, she also encountered bouts of emotional fatigue. “I thought I’d never get through, and there were many times I wanted to quit, but I’m not a quitter,” she says. “I knew I’d be disappointed in myself if I quit. A lot of prayers and encouragement went into it, too. She also credits Dr. Timothy Norton, a tenured professor at ORU’s Graduate School of Education (and her dissertation chair), for much of her success. “I had a great adviser who kept after me and kept pushing me,” she says. “He wasn’t a soft-shoe, but he would just tell me I could do it.” Drury recalls one specific incident early in the process that became the game- and tone-changer she needed. “I’d sent in some work, and Dr. Norton basically shredded it,” she says. “He gave me some stern words about what I’d written, and I thought, c h ar ism asb est . com
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I can’t handle this emotionally, spiritually or physically.” In that moment, she came perilously close to throwing in the towel—until the mail came a few days later. “The next week, I got a card from him giving me a Scripture, and that was enough,” she says. “So I called him, and he talked me through it. His feedback had knocked me down, but after that, he encouraged me, and I became a better writer, and I knew more what to do.” Dr. Norton understands his role as a professor and adviser to grad students, especially those who experience the kinds of life challenges Drury faced. “The faculty has to grade honestly, but at the same time, we can follow up with encouragement to carry on,” he says. “It’s our job to help you see cha ri s masbe st.co m
through all that effort that you really believe this is what God wants you to do, and if it’s what God wants you to do, then even Dr. Norton can be overcome!” As a result of her hard and diligent work, Drury graduated in 2016, receiving ORU’s Overcomers Award. Today she serves on the board at Urshan College in Florissant, Missouri, and teaches at the adjunct level. Though she has been offered several positions with more responsibility, she has decided not to take on more than she can physically handle. What does the future hold for her? Now entering her 70s, Drury has no plans to slow down. “I feel that, even though I’m older, God had something for me to do with this degree,” she says. Drury is investigating traveling to various Bible colleges in Africa to work
with them, overseeing their curricula to allow them to attain accreditation. “I’ve always been one of those that when I start a job, I want to make myself better, to do a better job for the kingdom,” she says. And she’s seeing results—not just on the job front but also in ways she hadn’t imagined when she first applied to grad school. “I’ve been able to be an inspiration to a lot of women because I persevered and got my degree, and I know several women who’ve gone back to school to get their degrees. We can get knocked down, but if we choose, we can come back better and stronger and be able to help someone else.” ADAM PALMER i s editor-in-chief of Excellence, Oral Roberts University’s magazine for alumni. He is also a freelance writer, video/film producer and musician. 2 01 7 | C H A RI S M A ’S B EST
Contact Southwestern Assemblies of God University 1200 Sycamore St. Waxahachie, TX 75165 888.937.7248 sagu.edu/masters-info
SAGU’s Harrison Graduate School offers on campus and online degree opportunities in ministry, theology, business, education, counseling, history, psychology and intercultural studies. The university also offers a number of fast track programs in church leadership, child and family ministry, pastoral leadership and youth and student ministry for those who want to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in 5 years.
All SAGU Harrison Graduate School students receive full access to the campus. They can participate in chapel or special evening services, visit the campus for activities, tour the facilities or join SAGU for annual events like Homecoming and Christmas at SAGU. They can benefit from services in the Garrison Wellness Center or resources in Nelson Memorial Library.
Costs and Aid
• Graduate School Tuition: $575/hr • Doctoral Tuition: $575/hr
SAGU allows rolling enrollment. Any time is a great time to complete your application. The Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership accepts new students each Spring. The Master of Business Administration accepts new students each Fall.
Top Majors Master of Divinity with Specializations • Biblical Languages • Biblical Studies • Counseling • Chaplaincy • Intercultural Studies • Family Ministry • Pastoral Theology • Theological Studies
Southwestern Assemblies of God University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Southwestern Assemblies of God University.
SAGU maintains a competitive tuition. More importantly, the university prioritizes providing grants to new master’s and doctoral students.
15% Tuition Grant for Ministry, Education and History Master’s Degrees
For 2017, SAGU is offering a special 15% tuition grant exclusive to master’s students pursuing a ministry, education or history degree. The grant is renewable for the life of the degree, up to a $3,000 savings.
15% Tuition Grant for Doctor of Ministry
For 2017, SAGU is offering a 15% tuition grant for the first year, followed by a 25% tuition grant for the remainder of the D.Min. program.
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Contact Southeastern University 1000 Longfellow Blvd Lakeland, FL 33801 800.500.8760 SEU.edu
SEU is committed to equipping students to discover and develop their divine design to serve Christ and the world through spirit-empowered life, learning and leadership. • Founded in 1935 • 19 graduate programs • Online, evening and hybrid programs
Costs and Aid
• $375–$525 per credit hour • Federal and state financial assistance available • 10- and 12-month payment plan options • Graduate assistantships available to help reduce costs and gain professional experience
• Apply online at SEU.edu/apply • Register at SEU.edu/visit to learn more at our graduate and doctoral info sessions
Top Majors • Doctor of Education • Doctor of Ministry • Master of Business Administration • Mater of Divinity • Master of Arts in Ministerial Leadership • Master of Arts in Theological Studies • Master of Education (multiple fields available)
• One of the top 10 fastest-growing private universities in the country • Ranked as one of the top five most missions-minded universities • Our MA in Ministerial Leadership executive cohort includes guest lectures from Mark Batterson, Leonard Sweet, Carey Nieuwhof and others.
DISCOVER YOUR DIVINE DESIGN AT SEU Academics
Southeastern offers 19 graduate programs, equipping students to excel in ministry, business, education, counseling and many other career fields. Our graduate programs have been ranked among the best in the country, and our faculty is dedicated to uncovering your passion and helping you achieve your goals.
Because earning an advanced degree is an important investment in the future of your career, we’re dedicated to making your graduate studies affordable and accessible. Federal and state financial assistance is available, as well as flexible payment plans, enabling graduate students to spread their costs over a 10- or 12-month period.
Whether you pursue a degree online or on campus, you will have access to all the resources available at SEU, including our library databases, virtual and in-person tutoring and more, as well as our MyFire online course portal.
Our campus is in sunny Lakeland, Florida, a vibrant community with a small-town feel and plenty of things to do. If you’re looking or more, SEU is within an hour’s drive of some of the nation’s best beaches as well as theme parks such as Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Busch Gardens.
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Is Not a Waste of Time Loving God with all the mind
BY ANNA PLANTINGA
.S. Lewis opens his essay “Learning in War-Time” with the question of whether it is right, or morally responsible, to devote our lives to learning. Is academia a frivolous waste of time when we could be telling
people about Jesus, or is there a deeper significance to a life of learning? And if learning is worthwhile on an eternal scale, are some questions more worthy than others?
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I am convinced that the academic life is right and fitting for Christians. Much of what we do in academia is a pursuit of learning, which for us is a pursuit of both truth and beauty. Augustine says something along the lines of “All truth is God’s truth,” and King David, in the Psalms, admires God’s beauty reflected in the world. Any time we are seeking truth and beauty in a way that uses our gifts to their fullest extent, we are glorifying and seeking God. Learning is also one of the ways we can love God. Jesus calls us to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Matt. 22:37b). Neal Plantinga, in Pray the Lord My Mind to Keep, says the primary goal of Christians engaged in the intellectual life is “that we are trying to become better lovers. We want to love God with all our mind. Of course, we want to offer our hearts to God … and the same with our souls. But we are also intellectual beings, and Jesus Christ calls us to mindful love; He calls us to intellectual love.” Intellectual love includes not just studying God Himself but studying what God has made—both creation and humanity. Still, are there better and worse questions for us to study? We are, time and again, called to care for “the least of these”: the widows, the orphans, the sick and the dispossessed. If we can care for these people through our work, it seems right and valuable to do so—and we need members of the body of Christ to take up this call. But God takes a much longer view of our work than we can. If we, even though we are human and limited, can see that each person’s tiny contribution to the vast body of research brings our picture of the world and of humanity a little closer to truth, how much more might God, who sees the whole picture from the start, call us to work toward that end? And since it is cha ri s masbe st.co m
God who both created the world in its unimaginable complexity and variety and created all of humanity, it is worthwhile for us to study it—all of it. But even if we may rightly study any question, following Jesus in the academic does—or should—affect the way we do our work. Our faith does not necessarily change our pipetting technique, calculations, reading summaries or code,
“We are free to love and enjoy learning for its own sake, and in so doing, love God with all of our minds.”
but it should vastly change our priorities and attitudes. Our colleagues submit their work to journals and advisors; we, in addition, submit our work to God. Colossians 3:23 says, “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” What would it look like to write a research update for God? Could you give an honest and satisfying progress report on your work today, or this week, to the One who has called you to that work? Could I?
It seems to me that this approach to work fosters both humility and great encouragement. In contrast to so much of the academic life, which assumes that acceptance and respect are based on performance, we submit our work to God, secure in the knowledge that our performance will never change His love for, or view of, us. We are, therefore, free from the need to sell our ideas more because they are ours than because they are right, from the desperate striving to write a paper that will prove our competence, from the insidious habit of comparing our work and ourselves to our peers. This is intellectual humility: We can celebrate our good ideas and academic successes without using them for our own glory and celebrate others’ ideas and successes without jealousy. This is also great encouragement: We are free to love and enjoy learning for its own sake, and in so doing, love God with all of our minds. This is the work we are called to do. We are called to seek God’s truth and God’s beauty in the truth and beauty of the works of His hands. We are called to express and deepen our love for God by loving the things He loves, by studying the people and the world He has created and by helping all of them become more fully themselves. We are called to willing diligence, since we work not for ourselves or our academic peers but for God. And we are called to humility and great encouragement, since God accepts our work as an offering of obedience and love. ANNA PLANTINGAis a doctoral student in biostatistics at the University of Washington. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology and mathematics from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This article originally appeared online at http://thewell .intervarsity.org/in-focus/academia-notwaste-time-loving-god-all-our-minds. 2 01 7 | C H A RI S M A ’S B E ST
Contact Knox Theological Seminary 5555 North Federal Highway Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 1.800.344.KNOX knoxseminary.edu
Seminary is for the whole church.
Knox is a seminary in the tradition of the Reformation that exists to educate men and women to declare and demonstrate the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Tuition Costs and Financial Aid
• MASTER’S AND CERTIFICATE LEVEL: $410 per credit hour • DOCTOR OF MINISTRY LEVEL: $465 per credit hour • Knox offers one of the best values in seminary education today with tuition that is 20% less than the average of other top seminaries. • Scholarships, Flex Pay Plans, and Interest-Free Student Loans available
• MASTER’S PROGRAMS—A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or the educational equivalent is required. • DOCTOR OF MINISTRY—Students must possess an ATS Board of Commissionersapproved Master of Divinity or its educational equivalent (72 graduate semester hours) and three years of ministry experience.
Top Majors • Master of Divinity • Master of Arts (Biblical and Theological Studies) • Master of Arts (Christian and Classical Studies) • Doctor of Ministry—four tracks of specialization • Certificate Programs—five tracks of specialization
KNOX ONLINE • A C C E L E R A T E D 1/4/8 - Week Courses in Master’s and DMin Programs • A F F O R D A B L E Graduate with No Debt • ATTAINABLE - Finish a Master’s Degree in 24 Months • Fully-Online Programs with ATS Accreditation • Study under WorldClass Faculty • HD Video Lectures - A True Seminary Classroom Experience • Denominational and Ministry Diversity in a Global Community
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Every church deserves a well-trained pastor and effective teaching, leadership, and pastoral care is good for the whole church. Better pastors lead to a stronger church, and a stronger church means more people growing in faith and wisdom, and more unbelievers hearing the Gospel. Seminary benefits everyone.
To train men and women for full-time gospel ministry and to enrich and enable all laypersons who seek to become more knowledgeable and effective in their own personal ministries–preparing leaders of the 21st century and emphasizing the application of Scripture to all aspects of life and culture.
The Knox education is marked by its consistency with Reformational theology, theological depth, practical applicability in world-wide cultures, and evangelistic aim. The Seminary provides online and residential courses to train students already engaged in a vocational or ministerial role, as well as those interested in full-time residential studies.
Online and on-campus, Knox Theological Seminary equips students from nations across the globe with the knowledge and skills needed to be ministry leaders in the Kingdom of God on Earth.
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educating men and women to declare and demonstrate the Gospel of Jesus Christ. “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” ~2 Timothy 2:15 KNOx named one of the
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forming a “blue-ribbon committee” with multiple school representatives who helped us shape the product to best serve potential students. As a result, Charisma’s Best Graduate Schools and Seminaries isn’t just an advertising vehicle; rather, it’s our attempt to serve this community with a guide that is informative, authoritative
and helpful to prospective students in making a wise decision—including looking at schools and advanceddegree programs they may not have known existed. We began with the final list of the more than 260 schools in our original college guide. Of those, we removed any that did not offer master’s degrees or doctorates, leaving us with the current, nearly 200 grad schools. Though the basic listings are free, many schools paid for display advertising so they could tell their story in their own way. And staying true to the vision for this guide, we’ve highlighted with a Holy Spirit dove symbol those schools, regardless of denominational affiliation, that support or are open to Pentecostal/charismatic theology. These are the ones we call “Charisma’s Best.” Though we’ve exercised due diligence, we can’t vouch for every school. We believe our information is correct and that the schools we’re endorsing merit this; however, if something needs to be corrected, please contact us with the necessary changes. Likewise, if we haven’t included a school that should be listed, send us contact information for that school so we can research it further. More than anything, we trust this listing serves as an invaluable guide during the critical process of selecting a school for advancing your education. c h ar ism asb est . com
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eaders familiar with our flagship magazine, Charisma, will know that our primary audience is the Pentecostal/charismatic community, but we also serve the wider evangelical community. Our magazine reflects that broader scope while remaining true to the interests of our core audience of Spirit-filled believers. Through the years, the two communities have increasingly overlapped, and today it’s common for churches to have such a blend that any charismatic or noncharismatic ties are indistinguishable. This trend has, for the most part, applied to the Christian collegiate arena as well. Many institutions that were traditionally opposed to the fundamental tenets of Pentecostal/charismatic theology are now more open to things of the Spirit, and their student bodies reflect this shift as well. When we first created Charisma’s Best Christian Universities, Colleges and Schools, we celebrated this by highlighting these schools alongside traditionally Pentecostal/charismatic undergraduate schools. We continued this approach with Charisma’s Best Graduate Schools and Seminaries as we created another comprehensive list for potential students to use in their search for the best advanceddegree program that fits them. We again worked closely with many of the schools represented here,
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CHARISMA’S BEST GRADUATE SCHOOLS AND SEMINARIES
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Amridge University MONTGOMERY Phone: 888-790-8080 Website: amridgeuniversity.edu Email: admissions @amridgeuniversity.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Churches of Christ
Gateway International Bible Institute PEORIA Phone: 623-486-5000 Website: gibionline.org Email: email@example.com Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational
Bethany Divinity College & Seminary DOTHAN Phone: 334-793-3189 Website: bethanybc.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Baptist Heritage Christian University FLORENCE Phone: 800-367-3565 Website: hcu.edu Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Churches of Christ Samford University BIRMINGHAM Phone: 205-726-2011 Website: samford.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Baptist Selma University SELMA Phone: 334-872-2533 Website: selmauniversity.edu Email: email@example.com Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Alabama State Missionary Baptist Convention
ALASKA Alaska Pacific University ANCHORAGE Phone: 800-252-7528 Website: alaskapacific.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: United Methodist
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Grand Canyon University PHOENIX Phone: 855-428-5673 Website: gcu.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Phoenix Seminary PHOENIX Phone: 888-443-1020 Website: ps.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational
ARKANSAS Freedom Bible College SILOAM SPRINGS Phone: 479-373-6420 Website: freedom.edu Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational John Brown University SILOAM SPRINGS Phone: 800-528-4723 Website: jbu.edu Email: email@example.com Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Nondenominational
Email: tozeradmissions @simpsonu.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Christian and Missionary Alliance Azusa Pacific University AZUSA Phone: 626-815-4570 Website: apu.edu Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Evangelical Bethesda Christian University ANAHEIM Phone: 714-517-1945 Website: buc.edu Email: email@example.com Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Pentecostal Biola University LA MIRADA Phone: 562-903-6000 Website: biola.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational California Baptist University RIVERSIDE Phone: 951-343-4249 Website: calbaptist.edu Email: graduateadmissions @calbaptist.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: California Southern Baptist Convention
California Lutheran University THOUSAND OAKS Phone: 805-493-3325 Website: callutheran.edu Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Lutheran (ELCA)
A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary REDDING Phone: 530-224-5600 Website: tozer.simpsonu.edu
Concordia University Irvine IRVINE Phone: 800-229-1200 Website: cui.edu Email: email@example.com
Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Lutheran (Missouri Synod) Fuller Theological Seminary PASADENA Phone: 800-235-2222 Website: fuller.edu Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Hope International University FULLERTON Phone: 888-352-4673 Website: hiu.edu Email: email@example.com Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Churches of Christ Life Pacific University SAN DIMAS Phone: 877-886-5433 Website: lifepacific.edu Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Southern California Seminary EL CAJON Phone: 888-389-7244 Website: socalsem.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Nondenominational The Master’s University SANTA CLARITA Phone: 661-362-2652 Website: masters.edu Email: graduatestudies @masters.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational Vanguard University COSTA MESA Phone: 714-966-5499 Website: vanguard.edu Email: admissions @vanguard.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Pentecostal
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CHARISMA’S BEST GRADUATE SCHOOLS AND SEMINARIES Vision University PASADENA Phone: 626-791-1200 Website: visionu.net Email: visionuniversityusa @yahoo.com Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational World Mission University LOS ANGELES Phone: 213-388-1000 Website: en.wmu.edu Email: email@example.com Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: World Evangelical Mission Alliance
CO LO R A D O Colorado Christian University LAKEWOOD Phone: 303-963-3311 Website: ccu.edu Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Interdenominational Denver Seminary LITTLETON Phone: 800-922-3040 Website: denverseminary.edu Email: email@example.com Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Evangelical
DISTRICT OF CO LU M B I A Wesley Theological Seminary WASHINGTON, D.C. Phone: 202-885-8600 Website: wesleyseminary.edu Email: mmatthews @wesleyseminary.edu Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: United Methodist Church
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Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: United Methodist Church Christ Exalted Seminary TAMPA Phone: 239-940-8793 Website: christexaltedseminary.org Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational Evangelical Bible College and Seminary GREENACRES, FL Phone: (561) 965-0363 Website: legacychurchministries .com/EBCS.htm Email: legacychurchministries @gmail.com Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Faith Theological Seminary and Christian College TAMPA Phone: 813-886-8492 Website: ftscc.org Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational Heritage University and Seminary KISSIMMEE Phone: 407-348-6200 Website: heritageseminary.com Email: admissions @heritageseminary.com Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational International Seminary PLYMOUTH Phone: 407-886-3619 Website: internationalseminary.com Email: info @internationalseminary.com Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational
Life Christian University LUTZ Phone: 813-909-9720 Website: lcus.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational Logos University JACKSONVILLE Phone: 800-776-0127 Website: logos.edu Email: email@example.com Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational Palm Beach Atlantic University WEST PALM BEACH Phone: 888-468-6722 Website: pba.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Southeastern University LAKELAND Phone: 800-500-8760 Website: seu.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Assemblies of God Vision Christian Bible College and Seminary CLERMONT Phone: 844-863-7847 Website: vcbcs.org Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational Warner University LAKE WALES Phone: 800-309-9563 Website: warner.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Church of God (Anderson) Zoe University JACKSONVILLE Phone: 904-743-6166
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GEORGIA Beulah Heights University ATLANTA Phone: 404-627-2681 Website: beulah.edu Email: email@example.com Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Interdenominational Covenant College LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN Phone: 800-677-3626 Website: covenant.edu Email: admissions @covenant.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Presbyterian Hope Seminary FORT VALLEY Phone: 478-953-7898 Website: nhbi.org Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational Richmont Graduate University ATLANTA Phone: 404-233-3949 Website: richmont.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Nondenominational Shorter University ROME Phone: 800-868-6980 Website: shorter.edu Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Degrees offered: Master Affiliation: Georgia Baptist South University SAVANNAH Phone: 800-688-0932 Website: southuniversity.edu Email: susavadm @southuniversity.edu Degrees: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nondenominational
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ILLINOIS Dayspring Bible College & Seminary MUNDELEIN Phone: 224-677-7800 Website: dbc.edu Email: email@example.com Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Nondenominational Greenville College GREENVILLE Phone: 800-345-4440 Website: greenville.edu Email: admissions @greenville.edu Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Free Methodist Church Judson University ELGIN Phone: 847-628-2500 Website: judsonu.edu Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Evangelical Lincoln Christian University and Seminary LINCOLN Phone: 217-732-3168 Website: lincolnchristian.edu Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Churches of Christ
Email: Use online contact form. Degrees Offered: Master, Doctorate Affiliation: Nazarene
Email: email@example.com Degrees Offered: Master Affiliation: Mennonite Church USA
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Published on Mar 21, 2017
Charisma's Best Graduate Schools, Seminaries and Online Education is an exhaustive list of Christian advanced-education institutions organiz...