Highlands College Evening is an extended education program with various development opportunities designed for adults seeking to learn biblically-based leadership principles, Christian worldview, theology, and practical teachings that will help discover and fully operate in one’s God-given purpose.

Highlands College Evening is a part-time adult learning experience. Students have the opportunity to pursue the learning experience of their choosing. Our team works with students through application and registration to help students enroll in the program that best suits their needs and goals.

Highlands College Evening students have the option to pursue certificates in Christian Leadership Foundations, Ministry Leadership Applications, and Ministry Training Intensive. Through the Ministry Leadership Intensive program students partner with experienced staff and leaders to develop a customized Leadership Development Program. At this time Biblical Studies classes and certificates are obtainable for Highlands College Evening Alumni.

All certificates are two semesters in length, with the exception of the Ministry Training Intensive Certificate, which is four semesters in length. Classes are one night a week. Programs vary in the level of commitment needed to fulfill course requirements. Highlands College Evening can be easily balanced with other life commitments.

Extended Education Classes in Highlands College Evening Program

Christian Leadership Foundations

Grow your understanding and skill of biblical leadership and biblical worldview.

The Christian Leadership Foundations Certificate provides leadership training for adult learners who want to further develop their ability to lead with a Biblical worldview. It consists of four courses designed to address foundational traits of Christian Leaders.

  • Intro to Christian Leadership
  • Personal Leadership
  • Leadership Purpose
  • Organizational Leadership

Upon completion of all courses and requirements, students will earn the Christian Leadership Foundations Certificate.

Extended Education Classes in Highlands College Evening Program

Ministry Leadership Applications

Further training for ministry-minded leaders.

The Ministry Leadership Applications Certificate follows the successful completion of the Christian Leadership Foundations Certificate. Ministry Leadership Applications provides leadership training for adult learners who wish to study the essential traits of a ministry-minded leader.

  • Ministry Philosophy
  • Ministry Practices I
  • Ministry Practices II
  • Ministry Comprehensive

Upon completion of all courses and requirements, students will earn the Ministry Leadership Applications Certificate.

Extended Education Classes in Highlands College Evening Program

Ministry Training Intensive

organizational leadership within the church

The Ministry Training Intensive Certificate provides hands-on ministry and leadership training to adult learners who desires to serve at the highest level of their calling in the local church, volunteer or vocationally. 

The Ministry Training Intensive Certificate includes labs, ministry experiences, and a specialization focus. 

Ministry Training Intensive graduates will gain access and assistance from the Highlands College Placement team, and the ability to apply for internships with Highlands College or Church of the Highlands. 

A student pursuing the Ministry Training Intensive Certificate is required to be an active member of the Church of the Highlands Dream Team. The Ministry Training Intensive Certificate is a two-year certificate and must be started concurrently with, or anytime during or after, the Leadership Development Plan.

Upon completion of all courses and requirements, students will earn the Ministry Training Intensive Certificate. 

Extended Education Classes in Highlands College Evening Program

Biblical Studies

deep-dive into the word of God

The Biblical Studies Certificate provides ministry leaders with a deeper understanding and knowledge of  God’s Word. 

The Biblical Studies Certificate is a one-year, two-semester, course designed to address the essential traits of a ministry-minded leader and includes:

  • Bible Doctrine
  • Interpretation of the Bible
  • Introduction to the Old Testament
  • Introduction to the New Testament

Upon completion of all courses and requirements, students will earn a Biblical Studies Certificate.

This course is currently only available to Highlands College Evening Alumni.

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Evening Program Locations

Evening classes are held on-campus at Highlands College for the greater Birmingham area and at several Church of the Highlands campuses across the state of Alabama. 

Important Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Highlands College Evening classes take place on Tuesday nights.

  • For Christian Leadership Foundations and Ministry Leadership Applications, students attend class on Tuesday nights from 6:30-7:30pm.
  • For the Ministry Training Intensive, students attend class on Tuesday nights from 7:45-8:45pm.
  • For Biblical Studies (Highlands College alumni only), students attend class on Tuesday nights from 6:30-7:30pm.

Classes are available in-person at our Highlands College Evening campus locations and online (for residents of Alabama).

Additional requirements for certificate completion vary depending on the course.

Students may pursue one or more of the following certificates:

  • Christian Leadership Foundations
  • Ministry Leadership Applications
  • Ministry Training Intensive
  • Biblical Studies (Currently Available to Highlands College Evening Alumni Only)

Tuition for each Highlands College Evening program is $750 per semester for the duration of the program. 

Tuition is due by the first class, unless arrangements have been made for an approved payment plan. For information on a payment plan contact your Admissions Coach.

There is a $50 non-refundable application fee to apply for Highlands College Evening. Once accepted, there is a $250 enrollment deposit which must be submitted as part of the confirmation process once you have made a final decision to attend Highlands College. The enrollment deposit is applied toward your tuition and is non-refundable after the drop date for each semester.

Yes! We offer a payment that allows you to make two payments toward your tuition/fees over the course of the semester. One payment at the beginning of the semester and one payment halfway through the semester.

The Ministry Training Intensive Certificate consists is comprised of Ministry Training Labs, Ministry Training Experiences, and a Ministry Training Specialization over the span of four semesters.

  • Ministry Training Labs –  On Tuesday nights students learn from Church of the Highlands staff about their areas of expertise.
  • Ministry Training Experiences –  Students engage with hands-on learning through serving on Sunday at Church of the Highlands, participating in and leading small groups, and completing weekly athletic/workout requirements. 
  • Ministry Training Specializations – Students choose to focus on an area of church ministry. Each Specialization has pre-defined benchmarks which guide a student’s development in that ministry area. Ministry Training Intensive first and second-semester students will complete general ministry training, and declare their area of specialization prior to their third semester. 

Ministry Training Specializations we offer are: 

  • Conference and Events
    • This Specialization provides students with the opportunity to participate in serving Church of the Highlands conferences and church-wide events. Students will receive conference and event training and will receive holistic hands-on and study experiences with guided reflection.
  • Family Ministry
    • This Specialization teaches students how to invest in the lives of families through worship, videos, skits, small groups, greeting, games, and more. Students will receive holistic hands-on training and study experiences, with guided reflections, in addition to training in creating safe and fun environments, communication, team leadership, creative development, and small groups.
  • Outreach
    • This Specialization allows students to experience the heart and hub of Church of the Highlands local outreach. Students will plan and lead local outreach events and receive holistic hands-on and study experience with guided reflections in Outreach.
  • Pastoral Leadership
    • This Specialization trains students on how to build and lead teams, communicate effectively, and lead an organization or department within the church. In the Pastoral Leadership Specialization, students will receive holistic hands-on training and study experiences, with guided reflections, in addition to training in pastoral care and team development.
  • Students
    • This Specialization trains and equips leaders to be successful in leading youth. Students will receive training in building teams, communicating, event/conference planning, small groups, team and organizational leadership, with holistic hands-on training, study experiences, and guided reflections.
  • Worship Leadership
    • This Specialization prepares students for spiritual and musical development as a worship leader ready to lead congregations and develop teams. Students receive training in leading worship teams, creating worship sets, team, and organizational leadership, with holistic hands-on training, study experiences, and guided reflections. Students pursuing the Worship Leadership Specialization must be actively serving on the Highlands worship team or must be accepted to serve with the worship team, prior to choosing this specialization.

Students may pursue one or more of the following certificate programs:

  • Christian Leadership Foundations
  • Ministry Leadership Applications
  • Ministry Training Intensive
  • Biblical Studies

 Our admissions team is here to help you every step of the way.

 

Requirements: 

To gain entry into any Highlands College Evening program, an applicant must submit and meet the following admission requirements:

  • Meet the recommended minimum age of 23 by the start of class. Age exceptions may be granted at the discretion of the Admissions Committee if applicants meet one or more of the following criteria:
    • Employed full-time (40 or more work hours per week)
    • Has earned a bachelor’s degree from another institution
    • Current military service
    • Enrolled full-time at a community college or four-year college/university. To qualify for this exception, the applicant must be attending class in – person, online program enrollment does not qualify.
    • Married and/or has children
      • Be a committed follower of Christ.
      • Ensure access to sufficient financial resources to cover, tuition, fees, accommodations, and living expenses. Students may view tuition and fees on the Highlands College website.
      • Be a graduate of an accredited four-year high school or equivalent homeschool, having earned a standard diploma certifying readiness for a two-or four-year college experience.
    • Completed Online Application
    • Payment of the $50 Application Fee
    • Receipt of Online Reference Form
    • Background Authorization Consent
  • For those pursuing the Ministry Training Intensive Certification, the following additional application requirements must be received in order to complete the admission application:
    • Completed Online Reference Form from a Staff Member at Your Church or Campus
    • Online Admissions Interview
    • Ministry Calling Essay

 

Following receipt of a completed application demonstrating that the above requirements are met, the Admissions Committee will review the applicant, and the Admissions Department will notify the applicant of an admission decision. In some cases, the Admissions Committee may request that an applicant provide additional evidence that they meet these requirements. At its discretion, the Admissions Committee may apply additional conditions concerning the above entry requirements.

 

Secondary Education

All candidates for admission must meet one of the following qualifications:

  • A graduate from an accredited four-year high school or equivalent home school having earned a standard diploma.
  • Completed the General Educational Development (GED) certificate.
  • Other state-recognized equivalency of a high school diploma.

 

Documentation of Secondary Education

HC does not require Evening Program Certificate applicants to submit any formal certification verifying completion of the secondary education requirement so long as the student attests that requirement is satisfied.

 

Prior College Enrollment

HC does not require Evening Program Certificate applicants to submit official transcripts for prior college enrollment.

 

Standardized Test Scores

HC does not require submission of standardized test scores such as the ACT or SAT for Evening Program applicants.

 

Online Reference Forms

Christian Leadership Foundations, Ministry Leadership Applications, and Biblical Studies Certificate Applicants 

All applicants must submit at least one electronic reference form as part of their admission application. This reference should be completed by someone who has a close, pastoral relationship with the applicant, such as a pastor, pastoral staff, small group leader, Dream Team leader, etc. who can testify to the applicant’s relationship with Jesus, leadership skills, and Christian character. The reference may not be from a relative.

 

Ministry Training Intensive Certificate Applicants 

Applicants must submit a minimum of two online reference forms as part of their admission application. ReferenceRequirements:

  • Reference One: This reference should be completed by someone who has a close, pastoral relationship with the applicant, such as a pastor, pastoral staff, small group leader, Dream Team leader, etc. who can testify to the applicant’s relationship with Jesus, leadership skills, and Christian character. The reference may not be from a relative.
  • Reference Two: Applicants must submit at least one reference from a staff member at their church or campus. The reference may not be from a relative.
THE HIGHLANDS COLLEGE EVENING TEAM
Developing the Leaders of Today

Mark Clement

Executive Director of Extended Education

Paul Bullard

Director of Evening Operations

Niki Thomas

Extended Education Project Coordinator

Mark Rodell

Director of Evening Recruitment and Admissions

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