Alex Abramo serves as an intern in the Leadership in Disabilities program at Arrowhead Bible Camp (PA). She transferred from a large Christian university into Anchor Christian University, with a degree completion map that will finish with an master’s degree in Organizational Leadership degree from our other partner school, Clarks Summit University. Most importantly, she is building a robust resume and toolbox for her dream… to launch a nonprofit art studio that serves adults with developmental disabilities. Our conversation covers a range of topics from the story God is writing with her life, her ministry, and her journey through college to date.
Emerging leaders have a host of options when it comes to professional training and ministry education. Bible schools and seminaries of all types and sizes have long been a trusted resource for those seeking ministry training. In more recent years, ministry internship, Christian gap-year, and church residency programs have grown in popularity and there is increasing demand for more frontline training programs. But rather than choosing between the academic and ministry training environments, why not offer a model that includes the best of both? Doing this will set you apart as a training program and give your students more complete training to launch them into ministry and leadership.
Students earn academic credit through schools. So what does that mean for your internship, residency, or gap-year program? Do you need to start a school for your graduates to get credit? Here’s why you will need a school to offer an accredited gap year program, but you don’t need to worry about starting your own. The Truth about “Credit” Let’s first understand what we even mean by “credit.” Giving someone credit for completing a particular course or program means you are establishing a value system for that work that others will recognize. For example, your church might require prospective members … Read more
When you spend time in the trenches of real-life ministry you understand that there are some lessons you can only learn in the field. This has led to a growing movement of ministry leaders who want to move the center of ministry education out of the classroom. Expansive internships, residency programs, and gap year programs, are all emerging as alternatives to the classroom-only model of ministry training. If you have or are considering starting one of these programs in your own ministry, you may have questions about academic accreditation and ministry training curriculum. Here’s what you need to know. Does … Read more