This fall, the Anderson University School of Adult Learning is expanding its programs to include a new degree option in Christian leadership. SOAL offers adults 25 years and older the opportunity to obtain associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in a variety of programs by taking both online and on-site courses. This new program allows students to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Christian leadership and is geared toward adults aspiring to be in leadership positions within churches and religious organizations.
The program combines courses in organizational communication and relations with theology in an attempt to teach leaders relationship skills through a theological perspective. Director of adult degree programs Jeff Hency said, “The new Christian leadership degree program began as a response to the Church of God for training future pastors for leading in various faith-based organizations. Secondarily, it is a response to adults seeking degree completion in the area of ministry at AU.” This new degree program also allows students to prepare for graduate studies in the School of Theology.
In order to promote collaborative learning and meet the needs of working adults, classes are small in size, meet in the evenings or online, and can be completed in five to seven weeks. “We know adult students need convenient, accelerated degree programs that honor and build on their own life experiences,” said SOAL Director of Marketing Kerrie Aborn. Adult students must have a minimum of 52 transferrable semester college credits in order to enroll in the Christian leadership bachelor’s degree program. Students without the minimum number of credits can enroll in the new Christian foundations associate’s degree program.
SOAL is starting the new Christian leadership program by reaching out to individuals within the Church of God since there is already an established association with AU. “For those who have a desire to grow in their faith and knowledge of Christ and pursue a degree at the same time, this program fits perfectly,” said SOAL recruiter Ellen Daniels.
“Our hopes in offering the new Christian-based program is to assist persons committed to growing in their grace and knowledge of their Lord Jesus Christ, to carry out the mission of AU by ‘educating for a life of faith and service in the church and society,’ and to grow the enrollment of SOAL,” Daniels continued.
— Katie Price is a senior from Kokomo, Ind., majoring in fine arts and minoring in communication arts. Price is an associate with Fifth Street Communications™, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.