15,000 students can change the world
One believer on fire for God can have an immense impact wherever he
or she goes. When that number is 15,000, the sky is the limit.
The 20 officially endorsed Assemblies of God universities, colleges,
institutes and seminary are not standing still. They are growing and
Today 15,000 students walk the halls of our 20 schools a staggering
50 percent growth from the 10,000 that made up the combined student
body 10 years ago.
While growing in numbers, our schools are also advancing in other ways.
Properties are being acquired, new buildings built and technology added.
Several have recently achieved university status by moving into the
realm of masters-level education.
Though this may not seem that significant, it is far more than a name
change. In the past, when A/G students have turned to graduate studies
outside of what was offered by the seminary, they have had to turn to
non-A/G institutions. As late as the 1960s, many largely secular schools
still had chapel services and taught values. But that has waned and
A/G schools are looking to step into that vacuum. Today our young people
can receive quality graduate education in a Pentecostal atmosphere that
does not compromise on Christian values or the Word of God.
The Assemblies of God is also broadening the curriculum in its undergraduate
programs. This broadening curriculum has not diluted our commitment
to the faith or our Pentecostal distinctives. Instead, it gives our
young people a chance to get educated in fields not available before
such as pre-med, pre-law or education in an environment
rich with spiritual influence. Bible and theology are not lost by the
addition of these majors; rather, students are educated to go into various
avenues of the professional world with a thoroughly Pentecostal perspective.
When one considers the potential of todays 15,000, as well as
those to come, one thinks also of the challenges. How much higher would
that number be if there was nothing to hold potential students back?
"We get more calls in our office regarding scholarships than any other
topic," says Dayton Kingsriter, director of the Assemblies of God Christian
Higher Education Department. "The need for scholarships is much greater
than the supply. I encourage people to invest in the youth of the Assemblies
of God by setting up new scholarships or contributing to existing scholarships
in our institutes, colleges and universities."
Though not the typical offering, it is certainly one of the best investments
one can make in the Kingdom. There are countless pastors, missionaries
and Christian business people today in positions of ministry who would
not be there had it not been for scholarships received from faithful
Please read on for this years on-campus reports.
Editors note: Each year the Evangel does on-location reports
from a third of Assemblies of God endorsed schools.