A distinctive part of the Highlands College education is our ministry training program which consists of leadership classes focused specifically on ministry and extensive hands-on ministry training in one of eight specific practicums.
Highlands College students are developed, known, and engaged by our faculty through active learning environments instead of a large lecture hall setting where they can stay anonymous and passive. Professors use active learning technology, shorter lectures, and our unique Learning Studio layout to facilitate a variety of activities. Students are encouraged to ask questions, talk with each other, work in small groups on an activity, and respond through in-class technology. As a result, students become passionate, life-long learners, and are prepared for the opportunities they will have serving in ministry around the world.
Examines major elements of discovering and keeping one’s ministry purpose and personal calling. Students will gain understanding to discern God’s will, discover one’s unique gifts and personality, and appreciate their role in advancing the kingdom of God.
Examines major elements of personal or self-leadership in the pursuit of a Christ-centered life placing special attention on understanding God’s order and design for our personal lives. The student will explore topics in three main categories: spiritual, emotional, and physical.
Examines the components of a biblical worldview as a necessary component of Christian professionalism. Students will also gain skills in emotional intelligence, time management, and professional communication.
MINL 138 – ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP
Examines major elements of how to lead others and teamwork. Students will gain an understanding of ministry leadership practices, developing leaders, and successfully leading teams in a ministry setting.
Examines major elements of ministry philosophy. Special attention is given to understanding effective ministry principles, discovering life-giving culture, and grasping the biblical vision for the ministry purpose of the local church and practical systems that result in a healthy ministry philosophy.
Examines the creative process and creating ministry moments in a weekend service. Students will gain understanding and skills to create ministry moments for Sunday services and effectively engage the creative process.
Examines major elements of pastoral practices in the local church. Students will gain an understanding of ministry principles concerning pastoral care for attendees and members.
Designed for students to demonstrate their grasp and reflect on overall program goals: the authority of Scripture, pursuit of a Christ-centered life, passion of lifelong learning, calling of ministry leadership, and advancement of the kingdom.
Ministry training isn’t one-size fits all, and part of being successful is recognizing God’s individual plan for you. As part of our ministry training program, HC students choose and dedicate over 400 hours to one of eight different practicum areas where they explore their passions and hone their talents in the living laboratory of the Church of the Highlands.
HC believes it is important for every student to be connected to the local church and be a part of what God is doing through weekend services. All students complete the Church of the Highlands Growth Track during orientation. The Growth Track helps them discover their unique gifting, develop personal leadership, and train them to be ready to serve the church. Upon completion of the Growth Track, each student serves on the Dream Team, or volunteer group, under the supervision of their practicum.