We are grateful that you have chosen to visit our website !! We offer a ramarkable ministry in North America today; but we also serve with partners on SIX Continents. Interested? You are in the right place. We WELCOME YOU to join us for an exciting time of learning and serving for God's glory.
"Lord, what woud you have me do. How, then, should I live my life as a disciple?" www.careerdirect-ge.org Locate a consultant in your area of North America or any of 48 other countries (ten languages) or call 770-815-9078 in the US.
Since 1947, people arriving at Christian College have discovered a community of Disciples of Jesus Christ who teach and learn in order to seek and serve. The reverse has also been true: Disciples who "seek and serve and, through life-transforming experience find that they are learning, discovering God's will and purpose in their own lives, and then moving from the College doorsteps into the world to teach and share with others."
Since our doors first opened, we have welcomed anyone to the opportunities to discover God's will and to develop the skills to do it. Mostly these have been students attending the University of Georgia, the "campus next door". (back when Christian College of Georgia had a campus of its own). While no longer located in downtown Athens, Georgia, Christian College is still in a prime position to serve students on its new campus at 285 Tallassee Road. The College now has offices, classrooms, and library resources at Friendship Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Athens.
In the 1950’s and 60’s students would come to Christian College to attend classes, to have a place to live, and to join in the programs and projects that defined an institution committed to "service-learning" (before "service-learning" was cool). Courses in practical ministry have always been offered: Biblical Studies, Theology, and the Practice of Ministry -- Preaching, Teaching, Administration, and Pastoral Care.
As one of the mainline campus ministry centers at the University of Georgia, Christian College has always enjoyed the opportunity to serve students by helping to keep them connected to the life of the Church. And most importantly, as Disciples of Christ, Christian College has always been ecumenical and inter-faith in its programs and ministries.
THE BIG SHIFT IS THIS: Now that the campus is also virtually ANYWHERE through the “worldwideweb” Christian College has been reconstructed in order to serve Disciples of Jesus Christ more effectively in the twenty-first century. We are devoted to teaching and learning together in order that we may be more effective in seeking God and serving others. The educational opportunities here reflect a Disciples of Christ ethos. We even offer a course of instruction entitled "The History and Polity of the Christian Church" which elaborates on the guiding beliefs or ideals that characterize the Disciples of Christ in the US and Canada.
Professional Development for Ordained and Commissioned Ministers is a primary dimension of the virtual campus as well, with courses taught by nationally recognized leaders. Those who enroll in the courses, seminars, and events of the Christian College are connected with each other in a common ministry, and their experience of community with each other is enhanced by a common focus.
Preparation for Ministry for those who are called to serve through the Ordained or Commissioned Ministry is accomplished through the development of specified skills and competencies for Ministry in the Christian Church. Christian College offers personalized guidance in the creation of the "Ministerial Preparation Portfolio" while contributing to the development of competencies through a curriculum which is intentionally aligned with the many resources available throughout the country, including those courses available through other Institutions or Judicatories of the Church.
We are fully committed to obedience to the Great Commission to "Make Disciples of all nations..." and we hope that we can serve students, leaders, pastors, missionaries, and laypeople of all occupations -- those who are daily involved in the creative work which models that of our Creator -- in the ministry of Making Disciples of Jesus Christ.
Contact Dr. Bob Harris, President, for more information. He will suggest some ways to learn more and to make contact with helpful people right where you live AND online. You can reach Bob at 770-815-9078 or email at Harris0623@aol.com (personal phone number and email address...please use them !!).
IT IS IMPORTANT, IF YOU ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH "Disciples of Christ" THAT YOU BE INFORMED.
There are many ways to say WHO Disciples are. We can examine our roots; we can explore our mission; we can engage with others who are talking about Disciples of Christ in the 21st Century. Here is a quick look (well, about twenty minutes) which can help you familiarize yourself with Disciples of Christ. This is not a recruitment program; it is an INFORMATIONAL program. Take a look. Write down your questions. Call me -- Bob Harris @ 770-815-9078 -- to ask your questions. Most of all, be sure that you have a connection to a community of faith and that you stay involved.