State-of-the-Art Ministry Training Ground
“The greatest investment we can ever make is pouring into young leaders who in turn will impact thousands of people for the rest of their lives,” said Hodges. “Students learn and grow in world-class facilities where they are educated, equipped, and empowered to make an eternal impact in a complex and changing world.”
The new state-of-the-art campus was carefully designed to facilitate this innovative model of higher education. Its 14 learning studios are equipped with the latest in audio-visual technology to support a cutting-edge approach to classroom instruction. The new facility also contains eight ministry training labs, each uniquely designed to train students for distinct areas of ministry concentration such as worship leadership, student ministry, and creative arts. These educational spaces are joined by multiple collaborative areas, a multi-purpose auditorium, screen-free food hall, coffee shop, media center, and campus green to create a vibrant campus community.
Highlands College alumni that returned to open the campus were in awe of the variety of resources available to current students through the new facilities. “Our season at Highlands College impacted us deeply, and we cannot begin to fathom how much more current and future students will grow on this life-changing campus,” shared Josh and Courtney Gardner, 2017 and 2018 graduates of the college, respectively. “We are thankful to get to invest in Highlands College and call this God-inspired institution our alma mater.”
The college’s first residence hall, made possible by a $20 million gift from Hobby Lobby’s Green family, is currently under construction on the 70-acre campus and is scheduled to open early next year.
Inspired by the traditional model of a military academy, the goal of Highlands College is to fund Endowed Student Scholarships for every student that attends, so that their entire focus can be devoted to developing into world-renowned leaders who advance the Kingdom of God through the local church.
These scholarships are a vital part of the Highlands College vision because our approach requires students to be fully immersed in the classroom and in the living laboratory of the church. Providing academic scholarships will accomplish two primary goals—first, it will allow these students to graduate and enter full-time ministry debt-free; equally as important, it will free these students to go all-in and focus on their demanding education and hands-on ministry training commitments while in college.
Highlands is a private two-year institution that is scheduled to pursue a four-year program within a few years. Its strategic plan calls for growth to 1,000 students by 2029, with a vision for all students to graduate debt-free.