We are grateful that you have chosen to visit our website !! We offer a remarkable 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.
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."
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 email@example.com phone number and email address...please use them !!.
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).
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 were regularly offered: Biblical Studies, Theology, and the Practice of Ministry -- Preaching, Teaching, Administration, and Pastoral Care. While we no longer offer courses, we began strategic partnerships with other educational enterprises in the 1990's; now, we can refer anyone to higher education opportunities worldwide. We always encourage students to seek ways to improve themselves through accrediited institutions of higher education. Nevertheless, we place a high priority on the value of continuing education as one means of spiritual formation and development.
Christian College of Georgia, Inc., is a non-profit religious organization. Under this name, or under the operational name of "The Disciples College", this instution does not grant non-secondary degrees, and ceased offering such degrees in 1996. The Board of Trustees decided at that time that, since Christian College of Georgia no longer operated a campus, the mission of the institution would be accomplished by referring students to colleges, universities, and seminaries with suitable accreditation and curricula to meet the needs of students being called into occupations requiring education for ministry.
Since that time, the Christian College of Georgia has collaborated with a number of other organizations to offer enrichment programs as well as to assit students in attaining the qualifications required by regions and other judicatories for students seeking license, commission or ordination for Christian Ministry.
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. We celebrate the many opportunities we have had to influece students' lives during their enrollment in accredited institutions in the viciinty of our ministry. We have even offered similar opportunities in other locations from time to time; at present, however, our campus ministry is focused on students in Athens, GA.
We are devoted to learning together, as members of the Body of Christ, in order that we may be more effective in seeking God and serving others. Through a ministerial partner -- an online platform -- we encourage participation in 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 courses, seminars, and events of the Christian College. We are connected with each other in a common ministry, and our experience of community with each other is enhanced by a common focus. We emphasize that we are a "COLLEGE" in the sense of being a ministry of "COLLEAGUES" serving together in a "COLLEGIAL" manner and spirit. This is NOT to be confused with an accredited institution of higher education; we ceased presenting our ministry as such when we sold our campus in 1995.
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 the many resources available throughout the country, including those courses available through other Institutions or Judicatories of the Church.
-- The Educational Function of Christian College of Georgia/The Disciples College is specifically to help prospective or current students of accredited institutions of higher education assess their career direction, to create their vocational plan, to seek admission to further education (unless already enrolled) and to CREATE A MINISTERIAL PREPARATION PORTFOLIO. --
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.