Saturday classes allow working adults to follow God’s call while fulfilling the obligations of busy lives.
Our Charlotte campus is nonresidential, with students commuting from seven states and coming from diverse denominational backgrounds. It offers a unique opportunity for those whose jobs or other obligations during the week would prohibit them from undertaking a traditional weekday degree program to obtain a M.Div. or M.A.C.E. Often students are answering a call that has been many years in its formation and which will be a second or even third career for them. Many are pursuing a second career in ministry.
As a student, you will quickly discover who lives in your area or along your route, and carpools (as well as friendships) will rapidly form.
Some students arrive on Friday afternoon or evening for an elective class, but others simply come early to avoid a pre-dawn commute. A few will stay with “Friday Friends” who have opened their homes to seminary students for overnight accommodations and others with local students whom they have come to know. However, most weekends mean starting your first class between 8:15–8:30am on Saturday morning. One way or another, everyone makes it to class and generally there is coffee (lots of coffee) involved along the way.
Classes last from 3 to 3½ hours (elective v. required) and there are breaks built in to class time. At noon, our community to gather for worship will spend half an hour in fellowship. A guest preacher from the community, one of the faculty, or even student cohort groups may be leading worship that day. Worship is followed by a catered community lunch on site. This a great time to catch up with classmates, meet with your advisor, talk with faculty, finish that last bit of reading, or visit the library. Classes resume at 1:30 and go until 4:30 or 5:00pm.
No doubt, it’s a full day but it is a fulfilling day as well. There are ample opportunities to check in with professors on projects and assignments, meet with study groups, or simply relax for a few minutes between classes. We strive to make our campus more than just a place you spend your Saturdays, but rather a place that you consider your home as well. A place where you are encouraged in your journey, trained for your ministry and brought into a community of faithful believers who, like you, are seeking to answer God’s call.
If this sounds like you, or even if you’ve just finished your undergraduate degree and are ready to answer a call to ministry, we are ready and waiting to take this journey with you.