As a project manager with Boeing, Jason Rust tries to honor God with deep faith convictions as he travels the world and manages people. Career advancement was limited for Jason because he did not have a college degree and he prayerfully sought a program that would help advance his career while aligning with his personal convictions as a manager.
Returning to college, Jason took classes through LPU’s Degree Completion Program and night classes at Villanova University. He tested for his Project Management Professional credential passing the four-hour test from the Project Management Institute, on his first attempt. Still, he wanted to learn more about management and to have a degree under his belt through a program that would allow him to continue in his current role.
When Jason discovered the Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management program at Life Pacific University, he immediately knew it was the perfect program for him. “I felt like God had opened up another door for me to return to college,” Jason says. “God’s hand has always been evident in my life and the journey with LPU and the Degree Completion Program is no different.”
Classes like Economics for Managers helped Jason understand many of the intricacies of how an economy functions including supply and demand, elasticity, market types, GDP, inflation, and monetary regulation. Jason also enjoyed the emphasis on valuing people during a class on Human Resource Management.
Hoping to finish her undergraduate degree while staying in her hometown of West Monroe, Louisiana, Kaylea Mayo was thrilled to find the online DCP through Life Pacific. She had studied for three years at Hillsong College and hoped to finish her degree while adding value to her life and ministry in her local community.
“My learning in the Degree Completion Program has equipped me for ministry beyond what I ever thought possible,” Kaylea says. "Each class gave me relevant and up-to-date ministry material, and the biggest highlight was getting to learn with the same cohort of students in each class. We learned from each other and we had the opportunity to share our own ministry experiences.”
Kaylea found the administration and instructors to be helpful to her along the way and the relationships with her fellow students went well beyond people interacting in an online discussion board. “I felt like I know them personally,” she says.
The highlight of the DCP for Dave Kelley was when a professor gathered students in Google hangouts so the cohort could interact face-to-face adding a more personal dimension to an otherwise online learning environment. “I also really appreciated the vulnerability of several class members in their online forum responses as they shared deep and personal life struggles along the way,” Dave says.
With twenty-plus years of ministry behind him, Dave was searching for the next step in his personal and ministry development. He had earned college credit hours and completed Bible courses but still didn’t have a college degree to show for all the work. He also knew a graduate degree would be helpful in the next season of his life and that realization led him to the DCP at Life Pacific University.
Additionally, the church Dave leads has started an internship program and he wanted to be fully prepared to invest in another generation of ministry leaders. It didn’t take long for Dave to benefit from the Bachelor of Arts in Ministry Leadership program.
"The program reminded me that empowerment for ministry comes through life in the Holy Spirit, and it is His empowerment that makes all the difference,” Dave says. “Whether we are in full-time vocational ministry, bi-vocational ministry or are fully immersed in the market place – the vital and necessary empowerment of the Holy Spirit is what will set us apart in a world that is crying out for real, genuine and authentic spiritual experience."
As a team member of a newer church, Taylor Pike cannot imagine learning about ministry leadership without the feedback she received from her DCP professors and classmates. “Each professor possessed much knowledge about the subject and also had the hands-on ministry experience needed in order to teach us about how to practically apply what we learned each week,” Taylor says.
“My experience with DCP was nothing short of amazing,” she adds. “What I learned has not only equipped me with the knowledge I needed for ministry, but also has helped shape me into a better leader, thinker, and follower of Christ.”
The online format accommodated her busy schedule helping Taylor learn how to minister while doing ministry on the field. “When I began this program I was kids minister at a start up church,” she says. “I was so thankful to have professors who used our course time, class discussion, and various books and online resources to help equip me with what I needed in order to lead a new ministry,” she says.
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