The Ingredients for Higher Education Disruption

Higher Education has not yet experienced a major disruption like other cultural institutions, but that time is coming. As some of you know I have served as the president or director of three small higher education institutions over the past eight years. I have worked in higher education administration since 2001. This is a world I am familiar with. I have also been deeply immersed in arena of tech disruption. I have watched the music industry be disrupted by iTunes. I have watched the print news be disrupted by online journalism. We are watching the disruption of TV and Cable programing as YouTube and Netflix grow in popularity. Age old cultural institutions are capitulating— being disrupted — by the innovation of the internet. But to date this has not happened to higher education.

One might disagree with this premise and point to the rise of online education. But that does not constitute a full blown disruption of the institution as we know it. The for-profit college concept made an attempt at disruption, but they were thwarted by government regulation.

The disruption I'm talking about will be evident when major colleges and universities begin to shut down because they cannot keep up with the new option (whatever that may be). That has not happened yet… but it will.

This does not mean that higher education will cease to exist. But college, as we know it, will radically change. I am convinced of this fact and these are the seven reasons why.

The Disruption Trend Shows No Sign of Stopping

The concept of the internet has been on a warpath against every industry and institution. There are very few areas where the internet has not made it’s reach known. Just looked at the track record of the internet should cause us to say that there is an inevitability about change.

There is a Growing Sense That Higher Education is Inadequate in its Current Form

Recently James Altucher — a successful investor and entrepreneur — stated that the University is a scam.  James also elaborated on his blog. He isn’t alone in his opinion. Jason Calacanis reiterated this same point when he appeared on the 20 Minute VC Podcast. PayPal founder and legendary VC Peter Thiel paid 24 young adults $100k to drop out of college. These examples are only the tip of the iceberg. There are a number of thought leaders within the culture that are critiquing higher education. Their complaints include: The learning process is analogue in a digital age. The delivery of information is not personalized for the student. The classroom is too theoretical and disconnected from real life.

Mounting Debt from Student Loans

College debt is a significant problem that is gaining a lot of attention. According to a recent Washington Post article student’s college debt is estimated be $1.3 trillion dollars. This site gives a run down on the numbers. Forbes wrote in 2014 on why student loans are a unique form of debt that are toxic for the US economy.

The Meaninglessness of a Degree and Proof that College Does not Equal Success

To say that a college degree is meaningless would idiotic. There are plenty of statistics that show a person with a bachelors degree earns more then a non-degreed adult. But as the Economist pointed out a few years ago, that return on investment is decreasing. The debt load combined with the economy has contributed to a decline in value for a college degree. If that trend continues there will be less and less incentive to pursue a degree.

The Rapidity of Change Within Particular Fields

Many fields, especially related to technology, are evolving so quickly that a four year education becomes outdated. The only way to keep up with the change is to always be learning. In these fields it doesn’t work to front load your education at the start of your career.

The Broad Access to Information That Was Once Only Available in College Classrooms and Libraries

Access to information is one of the biggest reasons for disruption… not just in higher education. The easy access of info is changing all of education. Once upon a time the information that you would learn at University was only available through direct access to the professor or through elite libraries. Now anyone with a computer (mobil phone all the way up to a desktop) can access this same information.

Evidence That Successful People Don’t Need a Degree

Stories about successful entrepreneurs that didn’t finish college are becoming more and more common. Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs come to mind. Business Insider has created their own list of rich college drop-outs. As more and more people succeed without a college degree there will be an impact on the psyche of potential students. If their hero didn’t need college to succeed why should they?

These seven factors lead me to believe that higher education is ripe for disruption. The current product is poor to moderate. The delivery methods are antiquated. The competitive edge has greatly diminished. The costs have skyrocketed. And the results have diminished. Higher Education is extremely vulnerable to disruption.

One of the major factors that will delay the disruption time frame in higher education is government regulations. The government is fairly active in regulating the changes that take place in higher education because they are funneling grants and loans to students. This was seen most recently when the government cracked down on for-profit colleges. Until new government regulations were rolled out in 2010 for-profits colleges were steamrolling the industry. For-proffit college pioneer, Michael Clifford, spoke about this in an interview with the Phoenix Business Journal.

Government regulations have only stalled the inevitable. Higher education disruption is coming. It is only a matter of time.

My New (Extra) Job

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So as of January, 2015 I have a new title: President of Community Christian College. Many of you know, I love post secondary education. I started working in education leadership back at Calvary Chapel Bible College in 2002. It was there  that I learned the ins and outs of college administration. IMG_1195

In 2007 our family moved to Kauai where I started a Bible College and helped develop the campus for 3 and a half years.

In 2010 we moved back to California so that I could lead Calvary Chapel University through a very important rebuilding season.

In total I have had a hand in college leadership for more than eleven years.

Which brings me to this past January. I received a call from my friend Pastor David Zamor asking me if I would consider accepting an offer to become the next President of Community Christian College. This would be no cake walk. The college has gone through a rough couple of years with a decline in enrollment and some serious financial challenges. But at the same time it has good “bones.” It has accreditation through the Transnational Associate of Christian Colleges and Schools with a degree that is widely transferable.

The college offers an accredited AA and has the ability to help students receive Title IV funding including the Pell Grant. The college has a dual enrollment program for high school juniors and seniors. The high school students enrolled in this program can graduate from high school with a diploma and AA degree finished. And the price of this program is amazing. All of their classes are available online or can be taken in residence at the Redlands, Fontana, or Downey campuses.

I have accepted this new role without lessening my responsibilities at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa  My day off from the church is Monday and so I spend that day out at in Redlands or Fontana. Throughout the rest of the week I address college projects remotely.

I would ask that you keep the college and myself in prayer as we go through a significant season of rebuilding. I need wisdom and opportunities to help expand upon the foundations that other leaders have laid. If you need to take general education classes please check out the school web site. If you have any good networking leads please contact me.

 

My Education Problem

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I've got a problem. I am trying to figure out what to do about my graduate education and I'd appreciate any advice you want to give.

Here is the Context

In 1999 I attended Calvary Chapel Bible College and received an Associates in Theology. The curriculum was primarily expository studies through Old and New Testament books. One of the requirements was to listen to 365 lectures by Pastor Chuck on the Old and New Testament. This class alone was over 450 hours of Bible Survey. I also took Church History, Apologetics and Hermeneutics as requirements for graduation.

After I graduated I was invited on staff as an administrator and teacher. I had a hand in discipling students, running parts of the academic office and teaching classes. I served in this role until 2007. During my time on staff at the Bible College I taught four classes: Exposition of 2nd Corinthians, Theology Proper, A Survey of Biblical Prayer and Community Outreach and Evangelism. I had a blast developing these courses.

Besides teaching classes I continued my education. In 2003 I enrolled in Faith Evangelical Seminary and spent the next eight years completing my BA in Religion. (Yes it took me eight years to complete a two year program.) The great thing about Faith was that I got to take more Bible and Theology classes as a part of my degree track. I took the minimum requirements for liberal arts classes and rest was graduate level theology classes. It was awesome.

In 2007 I moved my family to Kauai where I oversaw the development of a new Bible College. Over the seven semesters that we were there I taught at least three courses per semester including an exposition of Romans, Church History, Hermeneutics and about five other classes. I was teaching non-stop during this time.

In 2010 our family moved back to Souther California where I became the interim director of an online University. This was strictly an administrative role. But I did start teaching in the Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa's college programs. Since 2010 I have taught in the School of Worship, the School of Ministry and the Bible College.

The bottom line is that I have done a lot of teaching and a lot of learning over the past thirteen years.

(I am not including in this list the learning experiences as an Assistant Pastor, Bible College Director, and church board member.)

The Past Year

Over the past year I have been enrolled in Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. I have taken a total of 14 credits over the past year. The reason for my enrollment in GGBTS was to further my education, develop new relationships beyond my current circle of friends and sit in a brick and mortar classroom instead of an online class.

My time at Golden Gate has been a positive one. I have been able to develop new friendships. Some of the classes were rigorous and informative. I often felt inspired by my peers. I was especially impressed by Dr. Durst and the Southern California President, Dr. Waggoner. Dr. Kelly's class on the educational ministry of the church was an inspiration. I don't think I can overstate my appreciation for the faculty and administrators I've met at Golden Gate.

The issues I'm having with GGBTS are the finances and the redundancy I'm experiencing as I move through the degree track.

The Finances

I am not a Southern Baptist, so I pay around $430 per credit. I did receive a $1,000 scholarship my first semester and $750 my second semester. But scholarships are only available to full time students who are enrolled in a minimum of 9 credits. After trying to do a full class load and work full time I felt like I was burnt out and hating life. (For example: I took three classes last semester and taught two classes at Calvary Chapel.) If I were to continue at Golden Gate I would have to take fewer classes and pay the full rate.

Redundancy In The Degree Track

In addition to the financial aspect, I have been frustrated with the rigid degree track. Basically, the graduation requirements serve a student who has very little Bible or Theological training. Most of the required classes are classes that I have already taken or taught. I'm experiencing a lot of overlap. I feel like I know about 80% of the material covered in class and about 75% of the material covered in the books. It gets a little frustrating when you are sitting in a class for four hours thinking I am paying $160 for this session and I'm listening to a lecture I've already given while my kids are back at home missing their dad.

Golden Gate does offer a guy like me a couple of options. First, I can apply for the Advanced Track in the Master of Divinity program. Under this program the requirements would drop from 90 credits down to 75. To be given advanced standing is not an option for the lesser degree of Master of Theological Studies.

Another bit of wiggle room that I could find in the GGBTS program would be the independent study program. This program allows a student to be sponsored by a faculty in a customized curriculum. Basically you can study what you want to study as long as a faculty member is willing to sponsor you. This is an option available to students who have complete at least 25 credits. This means it would take me another 11 credits to qualify for this option.

When I say there is overlap between the academic work that I've done and the degree requirements at GGBTS, I'm not trying to come off as a know-it-all. There are some holes in my learning. I am very interested in doing more work on Biblical languages and research in Church History. The class I took with Dr. Kelly about the educational ministry of the church wetted my apatite for more educational courses. But in order to take the handful of classes that would be new, GGBTS requires that I take courses that overlap with work I have already done.

A Better Offer?

A couple of weeks ago I called up a ministry placement consultant to get an outside perspective on my education. Basically, the guy I talked to works full time to help churches find pastors. He has his pulse on what other churches see as important when it comes to a graduate degree. I asked how important a Masters of Divinity is verses a lesser graduate degree like a Master of Arts in Theology.

His answer to me was along the lines of "There is a very small minority of churches that would distinguish between the Masters of Arts in Theology and the Master of Divinity when hiring a pastor." If I were trying to get a degree so that I could improve my resume, this consultant was saying that the Master of Divinity was not a deal breaker. Maybe he is wrong. I was just looking for an outside opinion by a supposed expert.

After speaking with the consultant, I called up Faith Evangelical Seminary to see what they could offer me. I talked through everything listed above and they told me that they would give me credit for a lot of the work I had already done. I could take eight more classes from them, pay $8,000 and I would receive a Master of Arts in Theology. I could easily complete these classes in a year. Everything would be online. I wouldn't have to spend money on driving and I wouldn't have to be away from my family.

If I were to continue at Golden Gate it would take me another three years to get a degree equivalent to the MAT from Faith and it would cost me $16,000. Twice as much money and three times as long...

So what is the significance of GGBTS? Well they have a more prestigious accreditation compared to Faith Seminary. This might be important if I wanted to pursue a Phd from a prestigious school in the future. That isn't my plan, but I didn't really have a plan to go to seminary until a year ago. Someone might also make the case for the degree from GGBTS opening doors among the Southern Baptist. But that isn't my goal now or in the foreseeable future.

That is where I'm at. I have really enjoyed my GGBTS experience over the past year, but the pros just don't seem to out weigh the cons.

What do you think I should do? Should I transfer to Faith Seminary and finish the Master of Arts in Theology and then consider the M Div from Faith? Can you make a case for me continuing at Golden Gate verses Faith Seminary? I'd love to hear your perspective.

College: More Than A Place for Learning

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Colleges are so important. And their importance is not just found within the aspect of learning. After working in the field of higher education for the past thirteen years I am convinced of the these institution's value within society. We live in an age where old institutions are being disrupted by new technology. And there are some who predict the demise of the college as a geographical location where students learn. These prophets suggest that learning will eventually happen all online and that the online classroom will replace the brick and mortar classroom. But those who make these predictions fail to realize that college is more than just a place for learning. These institutions serve five other purposes.

Colleges are a Clearinghouse for Talent

The brick and mortar college is a gathering place for gifted students; students  with vision. They declare majors and clump with students that share their interests. Peers are in the trenches together, working their way through exams, research papers and labs. And at the end of the day these students are launched back out into society to be productive and the leaders of the next generation.

There is something special about gathering young gifted people in a single geographic location. It has always reminded me of the cord blood that is saved from a newborn baby's umbilical cord. In the same way that that blood contains the rich potential for future healing, these young lives are success stories in an embryonic form. They are gathered together in one place and then distributed around the world as productive and creative leaders.

The college campus serves as a testing ground. Students are evaluated as they do their coursework. They have opportunities to collaborate and lead. The gifted are identified as they go through the academic process. At the end of the day these campuses are like distribution centers that help distribute these students into the workplace and ministry.

Colleges Provide Accountability

Colleges or college departments are often connected with specialized fields. The professors should be experts in a given field and ought to582324_69357709 be tacticians with past experience in their field. The connection between new research in the institution and active fields where the new research is applied implies that their is accountability. When a student does their research and produce their finds in a paper, those findings are then scrutinized by professors and peers. This is what we call peer review. It implies that the new thought leadership produced by the college has gone through an accountability process.

This accountability process lends itself to trust. The work can be trusted because it has gone through the accountability process. This is important for the church. The local church has various winds blow through that are new ideas. There are different philosophers that want to have the stage to espouse their theory on the second resurrection, or the implications of Paul's Christology. The college institution helps the local church to know who they ought to give more credence to. The philosopher that has gone through an institutions research process and has been peer reviewed ought to have more weight than the crack pot theoretician from down the street.

Some seminaries have earned the trust of a denomination. And the churches in that denomination are able to trust the material produced by the seminary because they trust the accountability process in place at that academic institution.

Colleges are a Gathering Place for Scholars

Higher education institutions are also of great value because they become the gathering place for scholars. This has been the case for the church since the second century. The schools of Alexandria and Antioch were more gathering places for the theologians than they were organized learning centers for pastors. And this is valuable when heresies crop up. Colleges and seminaries can rise to the occasion and critic a new heresy and provide society with the ammunition needed to oppose what is false.

This is tied in with the idea of accountability, but it also leads into the idea of collaboration. With these scholars gathered in one geographic location, it is much easier to develop new ideas and think through what has been proposed. These higher institutions serve as the "connector" of scholars and this is a highly valuable role within our new world.

Colleges Are the Grounds for Collaboration

Just a quick glance at some of the companies that have emerged over the past 40 years reveals how valuable the collaboration can be at these colleges. Apple, Facebook, PayPal are just a few tech companies that were developed through college collaboration. But there are many new church plants that are based on the collaboration that took place during college. There are new bands that have developed out of the collaboration that took place at college. This ties in with the idea of the clearinghouse. Colleges connect young people together and create a synergy for new ideas.

Colleges are a Meeting Place for Spouses

Last but not least, our society needs brick and mortar colleges so that men and women can find their spouses. And these colleges serve that purpose well. Unfortunately, some people have viewed this aspect of the college experience as a negative. I have heard some people speak of Bible College in a condescending way as the Bridal College. As if marriage was a bad thing... In reality, we need young people getting married and starting families. And what better place to find a spouse than at a Bible College can they propose?

Conclusion

If the brick and mortar colleges of today want to remain relevant they will need to harness these five byproducts. They will want to capitalize on these strengths. There are some colleges that are already doing this and these are the ones that will succeed.

Old Testament Timeline

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Don't you love a good Old Testament timeline? The ability to visualize biblical chronology is so important. I spent a part of my morning downloading Old Testament timelines in preparation for the Bible College class that I am teaching this Fall. I am in the process of developing the curriculum for this new class. My goal is to create a course that picks up in the Old Testament where a Life of David course might end. We are going to study Samuel, Kings and Chronicles as a harmony and we will be developing an Old Testament Timeline along the way. We will also take the Major and Minor prophets and fit them into the historical context. I think my Dad was my original inspiration for this course. He pitched the idea to me back in 1997 when he was teaching New Testament history and was weaving the Epistles of Paul into the historical context. He enjoyed teaching the course so much that he thought it would be a good idea to create an Old Testament version of the same thing. So seventeen years later, here I am, developing the class. It is going to be awesome... but a lot of work at the same time.

Old Testament Timeline

Find the Right Old Testament Timeline

Six or seven years ago I purchased a beautiful Old Testament Timeline from a Christian Bookstore. But the company that produced the timeline is now nowhere to be found online. So I started hunting around the internet for an equivalent. Doing a search for Old Testament Timelines with the word "pdf" is the key. I quickly found five tools that I could download and make use of. Here are the three timelines that I found most beneficial.

Old Testament Timeline For Sale

I did find some Old Testament Timelines for sale. These were typically large laminated timelines that you could put in a classroom. If I can get the Bible College to spend a little money, maybe I'll have one in my class this Fall. I was specifically attracted to this one. Rose Publishing also has a 10 foot Bible Timeline for sale here and an Old Testament Timeline poster here.

Old Testament Timelines for Kids

The more I looked through these timelines the more I realized that an Old Testament Timeline is perfect for teaching the Old Testament to kids. Obviously the Bible books are not in chronological order and a timeline is perfect for helping kids visualize what is going on with the Kings and the split kingdoms in Israel. The Grapevine timeline for sale above is intended for kids. Here is another one from Voyages. Some of the Rose Publishing timelines would be beneficial for kids as well.

Here is a slide show that provides a simple perspective on the biblical chronology of the Old Testament

Old Testament Timeline Videos

There are not many videos summarizing an Old Testament timeline, but here are two that you might find helpful.

Caliber

I’ve been pondering the idea of quality for the past few days. …specifically, quality people. I think we all appreciate working with quality people or people of great skill. And I’m often frustrated when quality people aren’t on my team any longer. 

A few years ago I was reading Andrew Murray’s biography by Leona Choy. Murray used a phrase that stuck out as he described the type of student he was hoping to accept into the Bible college: high-caliber. 

He was looking for top notch, high-caliber students. He wasn’t referring to academic ability or social status. High-caliber students were students that were fully engaged, 100% in their commitment to Christ, and ready to serve. 

Last week on the calvarychapel.com blog Pastor David Guzik said something similar. But instead of calling the potential student high-caliber, he quoted Charles Spurgeon who was looking for students that were already “doing something”. Spurgeon would only admit pastors into the School of Ministry that had two years of preaching experience. 

There seems to be a tension between the caring shepherd that loves whatever sheep the Father gives, and the intentional King that has high standards and high expectations.

I wrestled with this as I executed the admissions policy at the Bible College. 

In the two Bible Colleges where I served, the admissions policy was an “open-door” policy. There were no academic standards other than a high school diploma or GPA. The applicant only needed a Christian testimony and to be free from sexual sin and substance abuse within a six month period prior to attending.

If you couple that admissions policy with an inexpensive tuition, you have a door that is wide open to all kinds of people. We had an amazing diversity in the students that attended. 

But there were some complaints that came from having the open-door admissions policy. Teachers were frustrated that they couldn’t have a high academic standard for their homework because many of the students were unable to perform at that level. Some of the more mature students would complain that the student body was being pulled towards carnality because of the immature students. Some students said they wouldn’t return because the environment wasn’t conducive to spiritual growth.

On one hand, the Bible College had a lot of students attending and was able to provide an environment where God could capture student’s attention. But on the other hand, the staff’s efforts were spread out and the “low-caliber” students could have a negative impact on the school culture. 

Now a Bible college is distinct from the local church. No one needs to apply to attend. But there is still a wrestling that goes on as resources are funneled in different directions. And as the church’s leaders outline vision for the future. 

It seems like this tension is visible in the parables as well. In the Parable of the Sower the seed is cast indiscriminately across the field. The expectation of the sower is that some seed will fall on “low-caliber” soil and other seed will fall on “high-caliber” soil. 

But in the Parable of the Talents there is the expectation that God’s worker will be thoughtful, intentional, diligent, agressive, and have the highest expectations. 

From my reading of these passages and the rest of the New Testament it seems like Jesus’ church is supposed to have its doors wide open. The primary reason for this is because the gospel message is wide open. 

But while the doors of the church are wide open, the Christian leader’s attention, schedule, emotions and energy is focused and intentional. Along with the disciples in Acts 6:2 the Christian leader says “It is not right that we should give up preaching to serve tables.” Instead the task gets delegated to another member of the body. (Eph. 4:11-16)

So what do you think? How do you find the balance? What scriptures come to mind? 

[Updated Note: Please understand that from 1999 to 2012 I served in the arena of education and was expected to produce “high-caliber” graduates. That caused me to think long and hard about the training process. A schools admissions policy is only one piece of the puzzel and I am by no means criticizing the “open-door” policy. I just belief that the expectations need to be adjusted based on what type of student is admitted.]

The Linchpin Revolution

This last week I spoke at the West Coast Teachers Convention for Calvary Chapel Education Association. I spent some weeks leading up to the even wrestling with what I would talk about. Finally, I decided to take a risk. I decided to share on a concept that had been brewing in my mind for the past two years. It was a culmination of a number of different sources, but the largest contributing factor was Seth Godin’s book The Linchpin.

The basic jist of Godin’s book is to say that the economic system of the past two hundred years is changing and the person who will be successful is going to have to play by a different set of rules. To succeed in this new arena an individual will need to be a Linchpin.

He goes on to define the Linchpin as a person who is a risk-taker, willing to make human connection, willing to break away from old systems, think creatively, do emotional work, and give gifts of art. Three quarters of the book is spent defining the Linchpin.

I first came across Godin’s book when I was thinking about how to do the Bible College in Kauai better. There was a lot of pressure to improve the program. Our numbers had dropped off. And in turn our finances had dropped off. But I was also concerned about the fruit coming out of the college.

The Linchpin fit into these musings. It was proposing that a different kind of person would be successful. And I was trying to figure out how to develop Bible College students that would be more fruitful. The two ideas complimented each other well; especially when I read that the character qualities recommended in the Linchpin are essentially the Spirit filled life. As I said in my talk on Thursday: Christianity is coming into Vogue. (Not really... There will always be spiritual opposition to Jesus.)

This is especially relevant for the education industry. There are all types of changes taking place in this arena. And that change is threatening the jobs of teachers. The recommendations that Seth Godin makes in Linchpin are excellent. They are a renewed license to walk in the Spirit and be a disciple of Jesus in an arena where the old system is breaking.

Five Books on Interpreting the Bible

I have the privilege of teaching at the School of Worship every Monday for the next 15 weeks. They asked me to teach an Introduction to Biblical Interpretation. I was overjoyed to have this opportunity. The opportunity to teach anything is a privilege and to teach on my favorite subject, Hermeneutics, is just the best. I'm using five main books to prepare. Here they are in no particular order.

  1. Protestant Biblical Interpretation by Bernard Ramm
  2. Hermeneutics by Henry Virkler
  3. Introduction to Biblical Interpretation by Klein, Blomberg, and Hubbard
  4. Basic Bible Interpretation by Roy Zuck
  5. Methodical Bible Study by Robert Traina

The CCU Story

Our Move to Calvary Chapel University

For those of you wondering how the new job with CCU developed here is the story in a nut shell.

October 19th, 2008

I woke up at 4:00 AM with a crazy idea. It actually was an idea that came from a questions: "Why can't Calvary Chapel offer more than just a Bible College program?"

You see, for the preceding nine years I had participated in Calvary Chapel Bible College as a student, staff and director. It was an awesome experience, but the numbers seemed anemic compared to other educational programs. From my perspective CCBC was not receiving the volume of students that it should. As big as Calvary Chapel is, there was only a small portion of students attending the Bible Colleges.

So I began to answer the question in a document. I outlined a comprehensive post-grad program that could include the existing Bible College but added some other major components. For two hours I typed out everything that came to mind. When I was done I thought it was genius, but I had no idea what to do with it. So it went in a file...for another year.

August 18th, 2009

In early August Phil and Pam O'Malley took me out to lunch. We talked about the latest news from Calvary Chapel Education Association. This was actually my second lunch with the O'Malley's and we had been in discussions about getting Kauai Bible College enrolled as a member of CCEA.

At some point in the conversation I began to share my vision for Calvary Chapel and post-secondary education. The core of my message was that Calvary Chapel should be offering a whole lot more than just a Bible College experience. They were very interested and asked me to put my thoughts down on paper. That is when I told them I had already created a document at 4:00 in the morning and could just forward it to them.

On August 18th I finalized that document and sent it to to Phil. He then forwarded it out to other CCEA board members who were interested in post-secondary education. I also created a follow up YouTube video outlining the same concept.

December 3rd, 2009

In early December I received an email from Phil O'Malley informing me that I had been nominated as a potential board member for CCEA. I accepted the proposed nomination and was voted onto the board the following month.

March 8-10th, 2010

In March I attended my first CCEA board meeting and met so many of the men and women I deeply respected in the field of Calvary Chapel education. I met for the first time Chapin Marsh; the President of Calvary Chapel University. Also in attendance was my former boss; Dave Shirley the director of Calvary Chapel Bible College.

From the board meeting a task force was created that included all the post-secondary CCU leaders that serve on the CCEA board. That would include Chapin Marsh, Dave Shirley, Carl Westerlin, Brian Nixon, and myself.

March 2010 to Present

All throughout the year of 2010 God was placing specific desires and direction in our hearts. My wife and I talked about our willingness to return to Southern California if God directed. I developed vision for an online college. I felt God leading me to be aggressive and make bold moves.

At the end of the Summer God spoke very clearly to me about leaving Kauai Bible College and joining CCU. I made a phone call to Phil O'Malley to hear what was new with CCU. I was intending to offer myself as an assistant to the president, but Phil told me that the President (Chapin Marsh) had been asked to lead Horizon College. He was already working full time for that school.

Then came a real shocker. Phil told me that his wife had already proposed the idea of me participating in the leadership of CCU team. God had already placed the idea in their minds before I picked up the phone.

Within a week we decided to make the move after the end of the Fall semester. We would be leaving Kauai Bible College after three and a half years. And I would become the Director of Operations for CCU.

Why the Bible? Ravi Zacharias

Ravi Zacharias speaks on why the Bible as truth transcends every other book and scripture of religion and spirituality.Mormonism rather than being Christocentric is church-egocentric. It is twistology of theology, sedition of addition, and infusion of confusion, very radically unlike the purity, simplicity and power of devotion to Christ so gloriously lived and ministered by the church of the first century. Many Mormons remain in the LDS church due to their unwillingness to conjure the courage to research their church's history outside sanitized, revisionist sources that are the work of deliberate deception. Paul Richards, who left BYU in 1992 as BYU spokesman... 'I worked in public affairs for the church for 13 years, and I had to lie all the time...'(The Arizona Republic Oct. 10, 1993, quoted in Issue 85 (Nov. 1993) of the Salt Lake Messenger) Ken Clark, a former LDS CES Institute Director for 27 years, illustrates how the Mormon Church utilizes deceptions and outright lies to maintain control over members and potential converts to Mormonism. Watch the 10 part series "Lying for the Lord" at www.youtube.com Grant Palmer interviews with John Dehlin: mormonstories.org Video: www.youtube.com Grant H. Palmer (MA, American history, Brigham Young University) is a three-time director of LDS Institutes of Religion in California and Utah, a former instructor at the Church College of New Zealand, and an LDS seminary teacher at two Utah locations. He has been active in the Mormon ...

The Grand Weaver

This was one of the top five books I read in 2009. I highly recommend it to young adults as well as anyone considering the course of their life.

  • ISBN13: 9780310269526
  • Condition: USED - LIKE NEW
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With inspiring stories and thought-provoking questions, Ravi Zacharias traces the multiple threads of our lives, describing how the unseen hand of God guides our joys, our tragedies, our daily humdrum to weave a pattern of divine providence and meaning.... More >>

The Grand Weaver: How God Shapes Us through the Events in Our Lives

Discipleship Essentials by Ogden

  • ISBN13: 9780830810871
  • Condition: NEW
  • Notes: Brand New from Publisher. No Remainder Mark.

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This workbook by Greg Ogden is a tool designed to help you follow the pattern of discipleship Jesus drew for us. Working through it will deepen your knowledge of essential Christian teaching and strengthen your faith.Each week contains the following elements:a core truth presented in a question-answer formata memory verse and accompanying studya field-tested inductive Bible studya reading on the theme for the weekquestions to draw out key principles in the readingThis material is designed for groups of three. It has also been used successfully as an individual study program, a one-on-one discipling tool and small group curriculum.Jesus had a big enough vision to think small. Focusing on a few did not limit his ... More >>

Discipleship Essentials: A Guide to Building Your Life in Christ