Online Christian Colleges Help Students Keep the Faith

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Students who want to further their education with a quality curriculum and faculty that affirm their faith aren't limited to traditional, campus-based schools. There are many web-based Christian colleges affiliated with various denominations that integrate faith and academics.

From schools with Catholic backgrounds to evangelical or Protestant denominational backgrounds, they offer distance learning courses and even entire degree programs fully online, meaning students rarely, if ever, need to set foot on a campus while working toward a Christ-centered degree. Evangelical universities such as Liberty University and Catholic ones such as St. Leo University both offer undergraduate and graduate level fully through the Internet, and those are only two out of hundreds of them.

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It's important to note that online colleges aren't only for seminary students, or those who want to formally enter the ministry, although that is certainly an important component of many learning centers. A large number of e-learning portals equip students for careers outside of it, in areas such as business, health care, education, information technology and social work. For those who do want to focus exclusively on ministry, there are online seminary training in areas such as Christian Leadership, Discipleship, Church Planting, Pastoral Counseling, Theological Studies and Worship Studies. Many of them provide Master of Divinity programs in areas such as Chaplaincy and Pastoral Ministries.

So what should you look for to assess quality of distance education? For starters, make sure that the curriculum is accredited by a national or regional council. Regional accreditation is the most widely accepted type of accreditation in academia. Secondly, look at the core academic values to make sure they line up with your own. You wouldn't want to find yourself at an institution that doesn't match up with your personal religious beliefs. Third, contact the school and make sure that the course you're pursuing is offered completely virtual and that no physical visits are required. You will want a program that is flexible enough to fit in with your work and family responsibilities. Finally, look for a university that has 24/7 tech support and small class sizes so that you aren't stuck in no man's land if you need help.

If you live near one of the physical campuses of a Christian college that offers distance education, try to pay the campus a visit or schedule a tour. This will give you a feel for the attitude of the school and give you a taste of what you can expect in the virtual environment.

Saint Leo University33701 State Road 52, Saint Leo, Florida 33574-66654-year, Private not-for-profit
Liberty University1971 University Blvd, Lynchburg, Virginia 245154-year, Private not-for-profit
Grand Canyon University3300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, Arizona 850174-year, Private for-profit
Northwest Christian University828 E. 11th Ave., Eugene, Oregon 97401-37454-year, Private not-for-profit
Abilene Christian University1600 Campus Court, Abilene, Texas 796994-year, Private not-for-profit
Cincinnati Christian University2700 Glenway Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45204-32004-year, Private not-for-profit

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