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Graduation

Every year a new group of students rise up to walk across the stage and receive their well-earned diploma from Calvary University. 

This year we were blessed to watch as many of our international students stood up to receive their diplomas. A handful of these international students are Chinese individuals that have served the Lord so faithfully while here at Calvary, and are now moving on to continue in their service to Him.

Pastor Billy Ko, a well-known minister to the Chinese people here in the Midwest states and across the country, has played a great role in getting a few of these international students to Calvary University.

Pastor Ko founded the Christian Witness Center (CWC) in Missouri. The goal of this organization is to build disciples and co-leaders for Bible study groups and churches. They focus their ministry on the needs of the Chinese individuals in the Midwest of the States. As a whole this organization reaches over forty college campuses within ten states, focusing on creating disciples and growing students in their faith.

One of our graduates, Qinglong Liang, has graduated from Calvary with his Masters of Divinity. He received high honors and awards in both his Hebrew and ministry studies. Qinglong is moving to work alongside the Christian Witness Center. While at the CWC, Qinglong will serve as a missionary in the churches and Bible study groups that are a part of the CWC.

He has enjoyed his time at Calvary and states that the biggest lesson he learned while studying here is, “I really know that God… is truly faithful to provide everything beyond my imagination.”

Another one of our students, Xiaofei He, has graduated with a Masters of Divinity in Pastoral Studies, along with many outstanding awards in his Greek and ministry studies

Xiaofei is now moving to Texas, where his wife will be studying Biblical Counseling at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. While there he plans to serve in a Chinese church in Arlington, Texas. He and his wife are both seeking the Lord’s guidance as to where to go once the program in Texas is completed next May.

Xiaofei has learned while at Calvary that, “the knowledge of God is the most important knowledge.” He came to know that “God is good and faithful.” Not only this, but that his “aim of spiritual growth is to know more and more about God and to cultivate a more intimate relationship with Him!”

Yang Zhang has also graduated from Calvary. He has graduated with his Masters in Bible and Theology and will be moving to North Carolina in the fall. Yang will be interning at the Christian leadership Renewal Center in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Here he will be working as a cook while continuing his studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

While at Calvary, Yang says that he has “learned how to interpret God’s word correctly,” and is excited to continue studying God’s word as he goes on to study for a Masters of Divinity in Pastoral Studies.

 

We are so pleased to have watched these students graduate and to hear how they are going to continue in their service to God with their next steps. Please be in prayer for them as they walk according to the will of our Lord, wherever it should take them.

Calvary Earns #2 Spot for Online Christian Colleges

Calvary Earns #2 Spot for Online Christian Colleges

Calvary University continues to be recognized for excellence in Christian education.

BestSchools.org awarded Calvary University with an award this week, ranking CU #2 in their “Best Online Christian College” category.

According to the BestSchools.org site, “The schools on this list are ranked according to three criteria:

Christian Character
How well does this school demonstrate its overall Christian character? Some important signs of a good Christian college or university include full accreditation with the relevant theological accreditation agencies (regional and national), an active and productive campus ministry presence, confessional status (i.e., teachers are required to sign a Christian doctrinal statement), and a good record of religious liberty for Christians and traditional Christian values.

Program Quality
For the online component, we consider whether the school has “anytime access” lecture archives, readily available technical support, affordability, variety of degree options, and the number of 100% online degree programs.

Academic Prestige
Academic prestige includes name recognition, high admission standards, accreditation status, low student-to-teacher ratio (less than 20-to-1), the graduation rate, future admission rates into advanced programs, and hiring rate of recent graduates.

Overall, the effort is to identify the most helpful indicators that a school is sincerely Christian in their culture, academic in their studies, and offers legitimate online options.”

Congratulations to all faculty and staff for your hard work and dedication.

Calvary University Among Most Affordable Colleges West of Mississippi

Calvary University Among Most Affordable Colleges West of Mississippi

Small, Yet Affordable

“While large universities and state schools have so many amenities and unique programs to offer, they can sometimes be overwhelming,” according to the editors of Great Value Colleges, “and getting lost in a sea of people or meandering a physically large campus isn’t everybody’s cup of tea. In fact, many people crave a small school experience because it seems more manageable. An added bonus is the one-on-one support and family-like atmosphere you could experience. However, the stigma that comes along with those smaller colleges is a high price tag for those services. Don’t let that misconception stop you from finding the perfect college experience for you. That’s why we’ve put together this list of small, affordable colleges west of the Mississippi: so you can find the right match for your career goals at a price that won’t affect the rest of your life. Get a quality education in a small college atmosphere that won’t break the bank.”

Calvary University is ranked #52 in the nation — and climbing! “High Quality and Low Cost” is one of our four primary distinctives and this award demonstrates that we’re living up to this goal.

Calvary Ranked in the Top 15 Bachelor’s Ministry Online Programs in the Nation

Calvary Ranked in the Top 15 Bachelor’s Ministry Online Programs in the Nation

CU ranks in the top 15 online ministry degrees in the nation

Calvary University’s graduate Ministry & Pastoral Leadership programs have once again been recognized among the nation’s best.

“Like other BDC rankings,” according to BDC, “editors began by researching accredited ministry, religion, and bible degree online programs in the US. This process included schools with regional accreditation and accreditation by the Association for Biblical Higher Education. From our initial list, all schools were ranked according to five equally-weighted criteria: Cost, Reputation, Graduation Rate, Employment Rate, and Alumni Salary. Data was taken from College Scorecard, IPEDS, and Niche.

With these parameters, readers can trust that BDC has ranked programs that will have a real return on investment, providing opportunity to grow in leadership and faith while enhancing a career with meaning.”

Calvary University Retooling Colorado Operations

Calvary University Retooling Colorado Operations

In order to be faithful stewards CU is forced to reevaluate

In 2017, the Lord, through the wonderful people of Fort Morgan, Colorado, gifted Calvary University with a magnificent 130,000 sq ft facility which was renamed the Calvary University Innovation Center (CUIC). This gift was accompanied by a tremendous outpouring of public support, which CU leaders at the time knew would have to translate into significant student enrollment if the effort there was to be sustainable. The initial plan was to transform the facility into a unique, innovative space where Christian educators, ministries, and the public at large could co-locate, collaborate and hold events. Unfortunately, a year and a half later, the university still can’t get off the starting blocks. As CU quickly pursued and investedin this vision, and despite its unflagging efforts, to include faculty and staff relocation, one key obstacle has stalled sustainable progress: the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CODHE) has still inexplicably delayed in granting CU permission to offer anything but “religious” programs in CO. More than a year ago, CU submitted application to operate in CO as a University. The CODHE only granted approval as a religious entity, meaning that CU could offer its “religious” based programs, but couldn’t operate as a university offering more in-demand degree programs like business and education. Knowing that those two programs in particular were the greatest need and opportunity for student enrollment in the area, CU continued working with the CODHE, rapidly submitting all requested information. Each dutiful submission resulted in requests for more information and, at times, revelation of new submission requirements inexplicably neglected earlier in the process. To CU leaders it has seemed like more than a year of runaround, as the school has not been able to get the simple approval it needs and has easily acquired in other states. “We would have never dreamed we would still be at this stage after a year and a half. It is crippling – we have high quality, in-demand programs, and have had no problem receiving accreditation and reaccreditation with national and regional accreditors.” The process Dr. Bitner, CU’s Chief Academic Officer, referred to is the CODHE’s referral of all submitted materials to a pair of private consultants who review, comment, and recommend. The school is essentially at the mercy of these consultants and their limitations. “It seems clear that the consultants the CODHE outsources are very comfortable with traditional models of education, but seem unfamiliar with multisite and online programs. Perhaps because the latter is the model we are bringing to the table, we have been placed into back and forth process. I am sure these are good folks, but the processes don’t seem to serve the people of Colorado very well.” After almost two years of substantial planning, preparation, and CU investment, university leadership finds themselves at a point where, in order to be faithful stewards of what God has entrusted to them and not hamstring other university operations, they are forced to reevaluate how to proceed in Colorado. Tania Edwards, VP of enrollment management, explained that because of the continued delays and sea of red tape, CU is now two major recruiting cycles behind. This, coupled with the university’s over $2 million investment in the past year and a half demands an urgent change to its model. “Because we have not been able to recruit based on the in-demand programs we offer, we have seen only marginal growth in Colorado-based enrollment—an unsustainable situation. Unfortunately, the CODHE’s disappointing delays deny us the ability to recruit for the very programs that could sustain us. It has been very disappointing that with this high level of personal investment in the state and in Ft Morgan, the state’s agency hasn’t been helpful. It is a remarkably frustrating place to be.” In today’s uncertain and turbulent times, extended delay and indecisiveness in the higher education realm often equates to institutional suicide. Still profoundly grateful for the gift of the property in Fort Morgan, as well as the opportunity to come alongside and ensure the sustainability of Riverview Christian Academy (soon to relaunch as Calvary University Academy), CU is reevaluating how to best steward the property. Accordingly, Dr. Cone is leading a comprehensive reevaluation of the university’s operation in Ft Morgan. “We are completely committed to the people of Fort Morgan and of Colorado. Because to this point we have not been granted the ability to offer our full catalog of programs, we are reevaluating and retooling for long term sustainable efforts in Colorado. This will probably mean shifting our operations into more economical facilities, as we will never come close to covering the cost of operation in the Innovation Center without the state approval to operate as a university.” Cone expects CU to move quickly so as to still be able to serve Coloradans in the long-term. Calvary leaders will be pleading Calvary’s case before the CODHE commission at the next opportunity. “We are looking at ways to have less of a footprint as we move forward, and the partnerships we have formed will be important in that process. We may even be looking at selling the building that houses the Innovation Center. In the short term, we have been forced to consider some uncomfortable decisions.” Nevertheless, while Calvary University has encountered obstacles in Colorado, efforts in the state have still contributed to CU’s award-winning global enrollment growth. Several degree programs can be taken locally at the Innovation Center, including Bible and Theology, Biblical Counseling, Ministry Studies, Pastoral Ministry, Youth Ministry, Intercultural Studies, and Worship Arts. Most other degrees can be taken online or through CU’s main campus in Kansas City.
Council on Dispensational Hermeneutics to be Held at Calvary University

Council on Dispensational Hermeneutics to be Held at Calvary University

Calvary University will be hosting the twelfth annual Council on Dispensational Hermeneutics on September 18–19, 2019. The Council on Dispensational Hermeneutics is a forum where traditional dispensationalists discuss issues involving hermeneutics and theological method. This year, the topic of discussion will be “Dispensationalism, Social Justice, and Race.” The schedule for this year’s conference proves to be exciting as leaders and scholars from all over the country explore different aspects of the Biblical view of social justice and racism.

Everyone is encouraged to join us at Calvary University for the 2019 Council on Dispensational Hermeneutics and can register here. More information about the conference can also be found here.

Calvary Earns Second Highest Team GPA in Country

Calvary Earns Second Highest Team GPA in Country

 

It was a banner year for Division II basketball program Calvary University as the NCCAA released their annual Winter/Spring 2018-19 Scholar Teams. To be eligible for this award, teams needed a minimum grade point average of 3.40 on a 4.00 scale for all combined student-athletes on the team.

 Southwestern Christian University’s women’s basketball team took the lead this year with a 3.78 team GPA, as Calvary University followed closely behind in second place out of the 31 teams that received national recognition.  The Lady Warriors collectively achieved a 3.74 team GPA to receive this honor.

 “What we’ve seen across our level of basketball is the importance of the student in the term student-athlete,” Head Coach Tressa Shoemaker said. “One of the most important things we can do is to promote an environment where we foster growth in the classroom and in turn, develop the next generation of teachers and leaders to continue that mindset.”

 “We seek to recruit highly motivated ladies who are academically driven to be great,” said Shoemaker.  “They love the Lord and are seeking to grow in their relationship with Him above all.  They care about their classes and their degree with all that they have, they are highly motivated, they have a high GPA, they are selfless and sacrificial, and they display a great work ethic.”

 “Our program and our recruiting have both been carefully designed for excellence in all areas,” said Shoemaker. “Here are the pillars of what we strive for in the classroom.

  1. We advocate for our Academic Center.
  2. We implement mentors, study groups, and accountability.
  3. We put teammates together in classes to help motivate and encourage each other.
  4. We think studying is important.
  5. We educate on our academic standards.

 “I am proud of this team,” stated Shoemaker. “They have taken a lot of ownership in what we’ve asked them to accomplish both on and off the court.  Every girl on this team had a choice to make each day to take responsibility for their academics. Some of these ladies told me that they were making it a goal to do better in the classroom than the previous semester. That showed dedication and sacrifice for themselves and for their teammates. They desired to strive for excellence and to make sure they wouldn’t let their teammates down. The future is exciting for the ladies in this program.”