Rod Light | February 19, 2021

The 2+2 Model innovates a clear pathway to a student’s God-given calling built on a unified partnership between Life Pacific University and The Foursquare Church.

Students at LPUVA experience life-transforming education with intentional partnerships that shape the trajectory of their lives.

At LPUVA, Savonna Clark learned that her relationship with God is a journey and His calling in her life will grow as she grows in her faith and gifting. Calista Pratt says her life has hope and that she has been completely transformed into “someone I am genuinely proud to be.” Ethan Jefferson has come to believe that God has the “best plan for my life” and because of that recognition, Ethan says he has learned to trust God even more to guide his future. 

“You can only reproduce what you are,” says LPU Virginia Site Director Scott Martz (‘03). The simplicity of the statement reveals the heart of LPU Virginia and the unified partnership between LPUVA, LPU San Dimas and the LPU online delivery systems through the 2+2 Model that helps students discover a clear pathway to their God-given calling as they learn to reproduce other healthy leaders.

“You can only reproduce what you are.” - Scott Martz (‘03), LPU Virginia Site Director 

The 2+2 Model is an intentional approach for immersive learning that fits a generation of students with very different life experiences than their predecessors. Research reveals that at least 30% of 18 year-olds may have never held a job, and more than half have never had a driver license. It’s no wonder then that young leaders who don’t follow a similar trajectory of growth and development bewilder older generations of leaders.

Citing Simon Sinek, Scott says, “The next generation is not entitled, as some have unfairly labeled them. Rather, they are impatient.” They want a path into the future that makes sense and makes a difference, and they want to do it as soon as possible. “This is a generation marked by instant access to everything, the world is literally at their fingertips, so it is important for our institution to get them where God wants them to be along with the quality education and practical experience they crave,” Scott says. 

“It’s a powerful reciprocation that meets specific needs of this generation while it advances potential church leaders into the future through innovation and trust.” - Scott Martz

The first two years of learning at LPUVA – the first half of the 2+2 Model – encompasses the benefits of the biblical university experience, a strong Bible core in every subject, mission and outreach trips, and chapel services on campus. The second “2” provides students with three options for completing their bachelor degree: 1) online, 2) on the San Dimas campus, or 3) as they serve in residencies in local churches or in business as mission opportunities around the world.

In the second “2” Scott says students are encouraged to become integral parts of local ministries and entrepreneurial experiences that often develop into jobs or help establish relationships that lead to next steps in their career path and personal development.

All of Life Pacific's locations (East, West, Online, and Partner Programs) feature the same four lenses throughout a student’s education as they are encouraged to develop 1) a growth mindset, 2) an openness to be coached, 3) emotional intelligence, and 4) specific competencies for success in their chosen career field. LPU Virginia Campus

LPUVA hosts “leadership labs” with guests from various locations who travel to Virginia to invest in the lives of students. “The labs focus on practical, personal growth as well as corporate leadership skills,” Scott says. “Leadership Labs are a game changer because they take theory from the classroom and bring it to life as students experience people who live what they teach every single day.”

After nearly two decades of involvement with Life Pacific and tenure as a Foursquare senior pastor, Scott knows this generation of leaders. He is passionate about creating a quality pathway for students who will experience God’s fullness in the place He has designed for them. Scott says businesses and churches offer students the mentorship they need to evaluate where they fit and the calling they should commit to for life.

“A pastor may see potential in a student leader and offer them a job,” Scott says. “An entrepreneur might guide a student to further training or education to prepare them for their future in business.” This is why two years of practical field experience is so important as part of the 2+2 Model. Scott says the network a student experiences in the 2+2 Model opens doors for future jobs.

“A pastor may see potential in a student leader and offer them a job... An entrepreneur might guide a student to further training or education to prepare them for their future in business.” - Scott Martz

Sometimes a student discovers that they were made to do something different with their life, he adds. They realize the work is not what they imagined and they prayerfully determine that a different pathway is right for them. Ultimately, the journey is about a right fit for the student in a field and career that God has called them to and not about following a predetermined one-size-fits-all approach to leadership formation.

The 2+2 Model and the broader partnership between the three LPU locations reflect what Scott describes as a denominational partnership like he has never seen before. “It’s the local church working with students to fulfill God’s plan at home and around the world,” he says. “It’s a powerful reciprocation that meets specific needs of this generation while it advances potential church leaders into the future through innovation and trust.”