Here are five reasons for you to consider signing up for online courses with Calvary Chapel University!
Study Using A Flexible Schedule And Learning Environment
By studying online with Calvary Chapel University you get to choose your own learning environment! Study wherever you need to! Your bedroom, your home office, the coffee shop across the street! Listen to your instructor’s lecture as you jog on the treadmill! Isn’t that awesome?
Studying online with CCU gives you more flexibility. You can fit your ministry schedule and responsibilities around your coursework easily! All CCU courses are asynchronous, meaning you don’t have to log in at a specific time for a live session, but you can study and interact with your instructor and your fellow classmates at your own pace through the discussion boards and assignments due at the end of each week!
Enjoy Lower Tuition Costs
Many students overlook the financial advantage of online classes. Although an online student may pay the same per-credit tuition rate as some traditional colleges…they do not have to pay for over-priced housing or meal plans!
Another advantage of online learning is that it often results in cheaper textbooks, almost all CCU classes allow the option to purchase digital versions of your textbooks via Amazon or other digital platforms!
Also, Calvary Chapel University offers AMAZING discounts for those active in ministry as we strive to be the helper of your joy!
Learn At Your Own Pace!
One of the great things about the innovation of online learning is that through learning in your own environment and with your own schedule, the pressure to keep up with other students in a face to face environment is removed. You might knock out some assignments in record time because the material is easy for you to understand, or you may need extra time to make some of lessons stick with you. The point is, you are in total control of your progress through the CCU portal and you can learn at a pace that benefits you the most!
Network With Other Like-Minded Students
Being a part of Calvary Chapel University helps you to connect with other people doing ministry all over the world that you may not have otherwise met! These relationships deepen as you progress through courses together and often result in amazing opportunities to partner in Gospel ministry down the road! Students consistently receive chances to learn from each other and develop lasting, meaningful connections!
Be Discipled By Our Amazing Instructors!
In some ways, the distance is greater between you and your teacher because you’re not seeing them in-person. But in other ways, you have much more access. When you have a question in an in-person class your teacher may, or may not have time to answer it…
In an online class, you can email a teacher questions directly. When they answer, they are able to give you a thorough answer and make sure you understand what they are trying to communicate.
Many of our instructors take the role of ministry mentors in our students lives, and consistently Calvary Chapel University students tell us one of the things that they LOVE most about CCU is the one-on-one mentorship of our experienced teaching staff!
So check out the amazing degree programs we offer here at Calvary Chapel University and APPLY TODAY HERE
Don Welch has been a follower of Jesus for 51 years! Growing up Don ran tour boats through the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan as part of his family’s tourism business. It is a harsh, cold winter with not a lot of people around, but in that small-town Don encountered Christ during the Jesus Movement in the early 70’s!
Don decided he wanted to enter the ministry and enrolled at Great Lakes Christian College in 1972 with a major in New Testament and minors in Old Testament and Ancient Languages. Don loved school and attempted to earn a master’s degree from Trinity Theological Seminary but was never able to finish.
Don met and married Ruth in 1982 and in 1996, they answered God’s call to pastor a small church in Stuart, Florida. The church grew from twenty to one hundred seventy-five regular attenders. Then the Lord led Don from there to the public school system. Where he has been teaching high school social studies for nineteen years.
Don and Ruth are serving today at Calvary Chapel Palm City, Florida, Don is one of the elders and Bible teachers.
“In 2016 one of the pastors at our church encouraged me to finish up my master’s work. My family fully supported the idea. I have been excited to renew my mind, refresh my spirit, and study God’s Word. CCU is challenging, with great courses and professors. I am thrilled to be able to finish my Masters after 36 years. I would encourage any and every one to invest their lives in God’s Word, through the courses offered at Calvary Chapel University!”
Abby Meza has a rich history of being involved and growing up in Calvary Chapel churches! Her father, grandfather and uncle are all Calvary Chapel pastors!
As a typical Pastor’s kid Abby grew up in ministry roles inside of the church. However, Abby felt a personal call to ministry during a missions trip in middle school! With that in mind she decided to enroll at Calvary Chapel Bible College in Murrieta, California. It was there that she would meet her future husband Ryan!
After leaving Murrieta, attending another Christian college and not really knowing exactly what the Lord had for her, Abby realized that she wanted to continue to pursue education. Particularly, she wanted to pursue her education, in education! Abby felt the calling from the Lord towards elementary education and in 2017 she began her B.A in Elementary Education through Calvary Chapel University!
When asked what drew Abby to Calvary Chapel University, she is quick to point out that being able to go through school debt free was one of the main attractions for her! As a relative of a Calvary Chapel Pastor she was able to take full advantage of our ministry tuition discount program!
“I have to pay for my education so the discount was incredible!”
Her investment has paid off! Over the summer Abby was offered and accepted a full-time teaching position as a second-grade teacher at Atlantic Christian School!
“I knew I wanted to work at a Christian school and be a Christian teacher…I am so thankful for all that Calvary Chapel University taught and prepared me for!”
If you would like to start your journey with Calvary Chapel University APPLY TODAY at calvarychapeluniversity.com/admission
When John Dembeck was growing up in a traditional Roman Catholic home and attending Catholic grade school the main takeaway that he has about religion was “All of the guilt and none of the grace.” It would be years before he would again have a desire for spiritual things and spent years wandering and searching.
John did what the world expected from him. He got a secular education majoring in business. School wasn’t really for him, however and after completing 116 units he still never finished his degree because school wasn’t “any fun” and he was distracted by other pursuits.
Fast forward to 1994…John had built a business which was going great, but his personal life and family was falling apart. That’s when John heard the Gospel in a most unusual way. He had been invited to an Amway Conference Portland Oregon. During the conference a friend invited him to attend a non-denominational service taking place in the conference center. It was there that John heard the message of Jesus Christ in a whole new way. It was at that Amway Conference that John committed his life to Jesus!
After John and family had given their lives to Christ a friend invited to hear Ray Bentley preach at Maranatha Chapel. It was there that John and his wife fell in love with Jesus and studying the Word of God! In 1995 during an Experiencing God Bible study John heard the clear call from the Lord into the ministry!
There was just one problem…He didn’t want to do it… John loved business and enjoyed the lifestyle he had, however, when Jesus calls you the only answer is yes! In the fall of 1997 John began attending the Pastors College at Calvary Chapel San Diego, following up with his undergrad work at Horizon College in 2001.
“For me a disciplined educational environment was the best way to learn.”
Even though he had struggled in school before Christ, learning about the Bible and preparing for ministry was a totally different experience. As John contemplated pursuing a graduate degree his plans were interrupted by God’s call to pastor in Iowa at Calvary Chapel Cherokee.
In the hustle and bustle of ministry, John’s plans to complete his educational goals were left by the wayside. After 7 years of full time minstry including two and half years of pastoring in Iowa the Lord led John to Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, and it was there that he was connected to Calvary Chapel University.
“The Lord turned on a light I didn’t realize I had turned off”
John completed his M.A. in Biblical Leadership with CCU and it was during this time that he realized his true passion and calling in ministry. John realized that wanted to take the leadership principles he had learned and CCU as well through his ministry experiences and teach them to other like-minded business leaders.
John founded Seeds to Life as ministry to those leaders. Seeds to Life seeks to partner with individuals, churches and businesses to support their ministry and share in the vision. John sends out a weekly devotional to his email subscribers to those who partner with the ministry. He also hosts a weekly podcast with interviews with prominent business professionals and ministry leaders sharing their experiences.
You can check out Seeds to Life here: www.seedstolife.org