Highlands College has three unique partnerships that play an integral role in developing our students. Through these partnerships, we connect students with unprecedented opportunities to gain real-world experience and launch their careers in ministry.
In 2001, a group of students helped launch Church of the Highlands through an internship program designed to develop young leaders. As Highlands experienced explosive growth, church leaders soon realized a need for something greater than an internship. Through this need, Highlands College was established to formalize the church's passion and calling to equip students for a life of impactful ministry.
Today, Church of the Highlands serves as the living laboratory of Highlands College. Our students take what they learn in the classroom, and then are able to directly apply their learning through this local church partnership. It is our learning philosophy that the best education involves hands-on training. This level of real-world experience can only be accomplished through our partnership with Church of the Highlands and their 20+ locations.
The very first church ever to be planted by ARC was Church of the Highlands. Since its launch, Highlands has reinvested into ARC, which has grown to plant over 900 churches. Today, some of ARC’s church plants have become the largest and fastest-growing churches in America. Thousands of people make a decision to follow Christ and are baptized in ARC church plants every year. In addition, ARC’s global impact is growing rapidly through a growing list of hubs like ARC Ireland, ARC Australia, ARC Canada, ARC South Africa, ARC Netherlands, ARC Italy, ARC Asia, and ARC Brazil.
Because of its rapid growth, the global Church has never been more in need of strong, dynamic leaders than now. Highland College’s partnership with ARC allows our students to make direct connections with hundreds of growing churches and ministry positions all across the globe. This partnership, coupled with the hands-on training they receive through Highlands College, sets our students up for an impactful ministry career.
GROW, a ministry of Church of the Highlands, provides tools and resources to the local church so that they can break growth barriers and continue to reach the lost in their communities. Using the tools and proven growth models of Church of the Highlands, GROW enables churches to reach more people faster.