Gary Orr – Christian Universities Online http://www.christianuniversitiesonline.org The Trusted Online Guide to Christian Colleges & Universities. Fri, 28 Jul 2017 17:39:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 Career Options for Bible College Graduates http://www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/bible-college-career-options/ Mon, 22 May 2017 19:44:46 +0000 http://www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/?p=5572

If I attend a Bible College will I be limited in my career choices?  What types of job opportunities will my Bible studies degree open up?  Are pastors the only people who benefit from attending a Bible College?

If you are considering pursing your degree at a Bible College, these and other questions have probably crossed your mind. As you ponder your options, consider the possibilities that a Bible-related degree program has to offer.  A good start would be to review our ranking of the top Bible colleges.

Am I Limited to Church-Related Ministry?

For many, the vocation of a clergy-member leaps to mind as the number one choice for Bible College graduates. Indeed, while a ministry-related career is by no means the only path a Bible College graduate may pursue, it remains a popular choice. However, even within the realms of Christian ministry, there are a myriad of options– serving as the pastor of a church is only the tip of the iceberg. Other ministry related vocation choices include the role of chaplain, either at a college, in the military, in hospitals, or prisons. Work-place chaplaincy is also a field that has grown in the last few years as many larger companies hire chaplains to provide counsel and encouragement for employees.

Students who are interested in direct ministry can also specialize in reaching certain demographics or missions. This can include serving as a youth pastor, reaching children and teenagers, or being a Missionary either internationally or in America’s inner cities.

What About Teaching Opportunities?

Education is another popular career choice among Bible College graduates. Teachers will always be needed and many Bible Colleges offer programs specific to teacher education. Educational career choices include:

  • Child Care Worker
  • Grades K-12
  • College Professor
  • Private Tutor

A larger church may also hire teachers who can lead in Sunday schools and Bible studies, teach new member classes, direct Summer Bible camp and more.

What about Counseling & Social Services Opportunities?

The area of counseling and social services is another excellent choice for individuals who have attended Bible College. Similar to the field of education, many Bible Colleges offer programs specific to the area of counseling. Specific career options include:

  • Family & Child Social Worker
  • Public Health Counselor
  • Therapist
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Vocational Counselor
  • Probation Officer

Anything else? Should I be “Thinking Outside the Box”?

When considering a career which will utilize your Bible College degree, don’t be afraid to consider possibilities beyond the traditional. Other career opportunities include:

  • Executive Director of a Ministry
  • Volunteer Recruiter
  • Fund Raising Specialist
  • Bible Translator
  • Writer/Reporter

A Wealth of Opportunities

When it comes down to it, while certain career paths may be more obvious than others, Bible College graduates need not feel limited in their employment options. Bible Colleges are filled with individuals from all walks of life – many choose to attend because they plan to pursue ministry and a Biblical Studies program will apply directly to this. Others value the opportunity to study Scripture more extensively and will use this education as a foundation which they can build on. To facilitate your research of Bible college education, we have put together a list of the best Bible colleges, Whatever your reason is for pursuing a Bible College education, be encouraged by the possibilities your degree offers as you carefully consider your career options.

 

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What is a Bible College? http://www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/what-is-a-bible-college/ Mon, 22 May 2017 19:09:50 +0000 http://www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/?p=5481

Christian higher education is not a single category unto itself.  There are differences and distinctions between school types that are important to recognize as a student considers where to pursue a degree.  One such sub-category of Christian colleges is Bible college.  In Bible college, surprise…surprise, the Bible is in the forefront of all coursework; Scripture is at the center of the mission statement, code of conduct and academic environment.  In short, Bible college is all about the Bible!  The decision to answer God’s call by seeking a Bible college degree is not insignificant.  There are few better ways to “seek His face” in academic study than attending Bible college.

What are the opportunities for a Bible College graduate?

Bible college is designed to feed graduates into direct ministry careers.  A Bible college degree can be a prerequisite for a seminary career, but there are many other fields open to Bible college graduates beyond theology and/or pastoral roles.  Christian ministry encompasses education, counseling, missions, worship and music (this is but a partial list), and Bible college is designed to equip and prepare the student for a vibrant career in these fields.  Bible college academics can also prepare a student for further, more in-depth study as they work toward a Doctorate or seek higher degrees at a seminary.  While the overall scope of study is narrow, the future opportunities are wide.

How are Bible colleges similar to other Christian schools?

Bible colleges offer the same level of degree with very similar academic requirements and standards found at most colleges and universities.  The fact that the scope of academic study is narrower does not indicate a less rigorous education experience.  Not many Bible colleges are accredited by Department of Education-approved accrediting boards (which allow students to qualify for government-funded student financial aid); however, most Bible colleges provide access to private sources of student financial aid to assist students with tuition and other expenses.  To get a better grasp of affordability of certain schools, check out our ranking of the most affordable Bible colleges.  Also, the campus atmosphere will be similar to Christian colleges in that social activities will be similar; Code of Conduct will have a similar, Biblically-based foundation; and a mandate for high academic integrity will be the standard.

How should I compare Bible colleges to each other?

Our ranking of the best Bible colleges is a great place to start when trying to compare certain Bible schools to one another. Stats on acceptance rates and school history and location help flesh out the college and get you a little more familiar with it.  Details including faculty:student ratio and degree programs offered will help a prospective student generate a short-list of potential schools to investigate further.  When comparing details, a discerning prospective student should always include the aspects that are most important to them – be it location (urban versus rural), availability of financial aid or number of degree programs.  Knowledge is power, according to an old saying, and this ranking helps empower the prospective student by conveying good information about Bible colleges.

 

 

 

 

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What’s the Difference between a Bible College and a Christian College? http://www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/bible-college-versus-christian-college/ Fri, 05 May 2017 01:08:46 +0000 http://www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/?p=5493 Is there a difference between Bible College & Christian College?

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Faith-based institutions of higher education will share common elements at their respective cores and have differences (some overt and some more nuanced) in the structure, focus and structure of the school and its programs.

What similarities are there between Christian college and Bible college?

First, and most obvious, is the foundation on the Bible and Biblical principles.  The Mission Statement of either type of school will look very similar in its content.  The doctrine of the authority of Scripture is held in common to each school.  Both types of institution will offer Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees.  Many courses can be found at either type of school: Study of the Bible as history, literature and doctrine; Old and/or New Testament studies; Christian Education; Counseling; Mission-related studies; and Music to name a few.  Coursework that is practical and applicable to specific career fields, such as engineering, law, marketing, education, music and missions,  are common to both types of colleges. The common goal to equip the graduate for work is evident – even work within the Church or related fields.  Both institutions will have social elements in common such as worship service attendance requirement and Christian guest lecturers and concerts. The common view is to help the student grow in their faith and pursue a deeper relationship with God is evident in both types of educational environs.

What are the major differences between Bible college and Christian college?

The most significant and obvious difference between Christian college and Bible college is the ultimate goal for the graduate.  Christian college will offer a broad range of studies including not only Bible-specific and Church-specific fields, but also arts and sciences, finance/accounting and other areas similar to secular colleges.  The worldview presented in these areas of study would be deliberately Christian, and the instructors would certainly emphasize the role of the Christian in the contemporary culture.  The primary aim of a Christian college is to educate Christians in a spiritual environment in order to prepare them for the secular workplace.

The primary goal of the Bible college is to prepare the graduate specifically for Christian ministry.  This can still be a broad career field, as it includes Church leadership, Missions, Counseling, Worship Music and Christian education to name a few.  Bible college centers their curriculum on Christian Theology with ministry as the stated goal.  All degree programs in Bible college feed ministry opportunities as opposed to secular careers.

Why should I go to Bible college?

A Bible college degree is an important step in the path to Christian Ministry.  That is not to say that a Christian college graduate can’t enter ministry (or further their education at Seminary), but by definition, Bible college feeds Christian ministry fields specifically and deliberately.  The opportunities at Bible college can be very positive for the student answering God’s call on their life.  While the academic environment is narrow and focused, there are many opportunities for exposure to the different elements of Christian ministry during a student’s college career.  If you need more information to research what Bible college would be the right fit for you, be sure to check out our ranking of the best bible colleges in America.

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Independent versus Denominational Bible College: Pros and Cons http://www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/independent-versus-denominational-bible-college/ Fri, 05 May 2017 00:59:45 +0000 http://www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/?p=5495 Does it matter what type of Bible College I go to (Independent or Denominational)?

 

There are pros and cons to choosing a Bible college affiliated with a denomination.  The discerning prospective student will gather as much information as possible before making a final decision.

What are the benefits of a Denominational Bible college?

Denominational Bible colleges provide a known quantity with little major aspects to research.  In general, denominational Bible colleges will adequately represent their denomination’s core doctrine throughout the structure of the school.  This covers administration, code of conduct, screening of faculty and audit of all curriculum to ensure that they are in line with the particular denomination.  If curriculum, programs or events fall outside the core doctrine of the denomination, they are either removed/avoided or come with disclaimers that they present viewpoints that fall outside the denominational doctrine.  Additionally, there is a security in the structure of the denomination.  The Bible college will fall under the jurisdiction of the denomination’s governing oversight body; this provides assurance for the student that there is recourse for disputes (a higher authority to appeal to than just the local administration) and guidance for the school in matters relating to the denomination’s core values and particular tenets.  Overall, you can expect a denominational Bible college to adhere to and submit to the core tenets of the particular denomination.

What are the concerns associated with a Denominational Bible college?

As with churches within a denomination, there will be varied interpretations and applications of various “secondary” tenets.  Generally, these will fall upon the ‘liberal – conservative’ scale.  Examples of these ideas as manifested on campus include dress code, permitted interaction between genders and worship music style to name just a few.  More important is the understanding of Scripture – how literal interpretation is or what translations are endorsed.  Some variances may not be overt and will only be revealed through deeper research and/or a visit to the campus to speak with students, faculty and administrators.  Often, the variances involved are not “deal breakers,” but it is good to know as much as possible about the student environment before you have committed to a particular school.

What are the benefits of an Independent Bible college?

Independent Bible colleges create their own structure as they see fit; it is up to the local administration to build, remove or adjust any component of policy of the school.  They are guided by their own sensitivity to God’s guidance (as well as market forces) to put forth or endorse the best programs, curriculums and opportunities possible.  Freedom from having to remain in lock-step with a denominational governing body can be refreshing.  The idea that everyone completely agrees with every policy and direction of a denomination’s oversight board is far-fetched; the Independent Bible college is not required to submit to third-party doctrine.

What are the concerns associated with an Independent Bible college?

Obviously, certain tenets of faith are universal (divinity of Jesus Christ, bodily resurrection, faith-based salvation and two primary sacraments), but there are peripheral issues that may arise in an Independent Bible college.  Also, the aforementioned sliding scale of liberal – conservative is important to research.  The lack of a governing oversight board or committee means that the local administration will have the last word on every issue: both new implementations and settling disputes.  If you agree with all of their decisions, there is no problem.  Otherwise, the opportunity for broken fellowship and bitterness can become real.  This is not to say that independence brings fascism; rather that the buck stops with the local highest office or board.  Similar to local independent churches, independent Bible colleges call their own shots.

Final thought to ease the dilemma

Remember that a reputable Bible college wants accreditation.  A listing of the best Bible colleges includes their accreditation status.  This submission to an evaluation to confirm that the educational content and environment meet a certain standard will keep any type of school “in check.”  While Bible colleges are a faith-based community, they are also in the business of education and equipping students to reach desired goals.

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Bible College and Seminary http://www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/bible-college-and-seminary/ Fri, 05 May 2017 00:40:05 +0000 http://www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/?p=5483 What is the difference between a Bible College and a Seminary?

First, we need to define our terms:  Theological Seminary is an institution whose primary purpose is to educate and equip students to become leaders in ministry.  The areas of attention are in Church Leadership, Missions, Church Planting, Counselors and other areas specifically within the Church environment.  A Seminary will have core curriculum centered on the study of Theology and understanding of Scripture; it will also include in-depth study of sacred writings, commentators and church history.

Bible College, while degrees are available in theology and other areas of ministry, are not singularly focused on Church (or related) ministry as the field that graduates will enter.  Bible colleges offer undergraduate degrees in a broader scope of studies, including (but not limited to) biblical languages, Old and New Testament as literature and history and other areas specifically related to the Bible.

What are the admission requirements for Bible college?

Typically, Bible college admission is similar to secular college in terms of required academics.  A High School Diploma and standardized test scores (e.g. SAT or ACT) are evaluated as part of the admission process, as are letters of reference from credible sources (former teachers, pastor, etc.).  Financial accountability is usually reviewed as well; since not all Bible colleges are accredited by a federally recognized oversight board, federal student financial aid may not be available at all Bible colleges.  This must be included in your research before you apply.

Why do students go to Bible college if they are not considering Ministry?

Bible colleges are presented as a regular college offering degrees in many of the same programs as their secular counterparts, albeit with a biblical foundation.  There is a benefit to studying Scripture and using Biblical principles to guide your education.  Accepting the Bible as God’s Word and sufficient for all elements of human life is paramount to the fundamental principles of Bible college.  Additionally, a Bible college will not have the same degree of distractions on campus (compared to a secular State school); students can study their courses under Biblical principles without opposition to their religious beliefs or temptations to get involved in unprofitable activities.

Does a Bible college degree lead to Seminary?

Bible college can be a step toward Seminary; several Bible colleges are part of a dual institution: Bible College and Seminary.  It is not a definite path, but a Bible college degree can certainly prepare a student for Seminary.  Check out our ranking for more information about the best Bible colleges to continue your preparations.

Are my degree choices limited in Bible college?

Degree programs will vary from school to school, and there are few professional degree programs (e.g. Law, Engineering or Pre-Med) available.  But many schools offer good programs in Education, Counseling and Social Services, Business and Music to name a few.

Once you determine your chosen field of study, Bible college may fit your desire better than you would have thought.  For an academic environment based on Biblical principles, a social environment that isn’t hostile to your personal religious convictions and the opportunity to build your faith within a field of study, Bible college is a valid option.

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Top 10 Engineering Degree Programs 2017 http://www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/best-christian-engineering-degrees/ Sat, 04 Feb 2017 12:55:39 +0000 http://www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/?p=5012 When considering a career in Engineering, the traditional “best schools” are no longer the best options.  While the traditional technical schools maintain strong programs, the discipline of Engineering has changed and expanded greatly over the past 25-30 years.  This has allowed for other schools to enter the field and produce excellent programs.  While structural, mechanical and civil engineering disciplines haven’t changed much over time, other areas have been impacted by improvements in support categories (like materials and applications) which has changed how the field looks today.  30 years ago, software engineering and web design were in their infancy.  Today, these fields are as popular (if not more so) than Mechanical or Civil Engineering.  In light of the changes to the field of study, CUO is pleased to present the Top 10 Engineering Degree Programs for 2017.

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Top Christian Communication & Journalism Degree Programs 2017 http://www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/best-christian-communication-journalism-degrees/ Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:56:25 +0000 http://www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/?p=4724 top-10-communications-and-journalism-colleges-and-universities-2017Journalism and Communications have been a hot topic over the past 12-18 months, especially at the end of the year following the US Presidential election.  Traditional news outlets were discovered to have presented misleading (or outright false) information.  Integrity is a critical component of journalism and communications; and one result of the impropriety of the “mainstream media” is an explosion of alternative sources for news.  Christian colleges and universities have a wonderful opportunity to fill a need for accurate, equitable and objective journalists and communications individuals to disseminate good information to the public.  In light of this, Christian Universities Online is pleased to present the top 10 Communications and Journalism degree programs for 2017.

For this ranking, members of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) or schools that could be considered member eligible were evaluated for degree programs in the fields of communications and journalism.  We then collected publicly available data in the following five categories: 1) Number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the field of communications or journalism, 2) Faculty-to-student ratio, 3) Percent of full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid, 4) Selectivity, 5) Overall retention rate and 6) Overall graduation rate.  Weights were assigned to each of these categories with the category of the number of degree programs having a slightly higher weight than the other categories.

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Top 10 Christian Colleges and Universities in California 2017 http://www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/best-california-christian-colleges-universities/ Mon, 31 Oct 2016 21:05:15 +0000 http://www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/?p=4532 top-10-christian-colleges-and-universities-in-california-2017In conjunction with our 2017 ranking of the top 50 ranking of Christian Colleges and Universities in the U.S., Christian Universities Online (CUO) is pleased to present our regional rankings – more than just s subset of the top 50, these schools are first separated geographically, and the ranking criteria applied anew.  We at CUO understand the significance of the decision students are faced with; sometimes geography can be a primary guide.  Because of the high number of high-quality schools in the State of California, it has earned its own ranking.  Like our other rankings, this ranking seeks to highlight intentionally Christian colleges and universities that excel in categories of personal attention to their students, selectivity, readily available financial aid and overall student satisfaction. CUO strives to be the go to and trusted resource for students and their parents in deciding which school to attend. At CUO we understand how important a decision this is and offer up this ranking as a tool to help guide your decision-making.

We started our methodology by considering schools in the state of California that were members of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) or able to be considered member eligible.  The following five data points were collected from publicly available sources, 1)Faculty-to-student ratio, 2) Percent of full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid, 3) Selectivity, 4) Overall retention rate and 5) Overall graduation rate.  We then standardized the data, assigned weights to each category and computed an overall score.

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Top Christian Colleges & Universities in Pennsylvania 2017 http://www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/best-pennsylvania-christian-schools/ Tue, 11 Oct 2016 15:15:14 +0000 http://www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/?p=4534 top-christian-colleges-in-pa-2017Pennsylvania is not just the “cradle of American liberty,” the state plays a large part in every aspect of American history  From the historic district of Philadelphia to Valley Forge to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania provides a unique backdrop for higher education.  Pennsylvania also offers many different environments – urban, suburban, rural and farm – as well as mountains, farmland and waterfront locales to enrich the spirit as you pursue a degree.  Pennsylvania has a lot to offer the prospective student; we at Christian Universities Online are happy to offer the Top Christian Colleges and Universities in Pennsylvania for 2017.

We began by compiling a list of schools located in Pennsylvania that were members of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) or member eligible.  Publicly available data was then collected in the following five categories: 1)Faculty-to-student ratio, 2) Percent of full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid, 3) Selectivity, 4) Overall retention rate and 5) Overall graduation rate.  The score of each category was then standardized and weighted.  The weighted scores were combined and an overall score was computed.

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Top Christian Colleges & Universities in Texas 2017 http://www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/best-christian-colleges-texas/ Tue, 11 Oct 2016 14:42:45 +0000 http://www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/?p=4524 top-christian-colleges-in-tx-2017In conjunction with our 2017 ranking of the top 50 ranking of Christian Colleges and Universities in the U.S., Christian Universities Online is pleased to present our regional rankings – more than just s subset of the top 50, these schools are first separated geographically, and the ranking criteria applied anew.  We at CUO understand the significance of the decision students are faced with; sometimes geography can be a primary guide.  Because of the high number of high-quality schools in the State of Texas, it has earned its own ranking.  There are some familiar names and some new to the ranking.  Like our other rankings, this ranking seeks to highlight intentionally Christian colleges and universities that excel in categories of personal attention to their students, selectivity, readily available financial aid and overall student satisfaction.  Christian Universities Online (CUO) strives to be the go to and trusted resource for students and their parents in deciding which school to attend. At CUO we understand how important a decision this is and offer up this ranking as a tool to help guide your decision-making.

A list of Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) members or member eligible schools was complied.  We then narrowed the list down to schools in the state of Texas.  Next, we collected publicly available data in the following five categories, 1)Faculty-to-student ratio, 2) Percent of full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid, 3) Selectivity, 4) Overall retention rate and 5) Overall graduation rate.  The score of each category was then standardized and weighted.  The weighted scores were combined and an overall score was computed.

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