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Student Spotlight: Jonathan Fletcher

Bible College Student:Manna Church teaching pastor

Meet our student spotlight of the week through his answers to a few questions about his life and what he is doing right now.

What is your current occupation?

         “I am the Teaching Pastor and Executive Place Site Pastor at Manna Church.”

How did GCD help you get there?

         “GCD has helped me by providing sound Biblical training to assist in my vocation.”

What was your favorite thing about GCD?

        “My favorite thing about GCD is that we are not just about people learning information. Rather, we attempt to provide sound Biblical teaching that helps people understand more about God, while at the same time helping them use that knowledge in practical ministry experience.”

Experience at GCD.

      “I have taken classes as both an undergraduate and in the master’s program, and I have found both of those experiences to be incredibly insightful. I feel better prepared as a pastor through my involvement at GCD.” 

There you have it, Pastor Jonathan Fletcher everybody. If you want to learn more about our students here at GCD and want to see more about our students’ lives let us know in the comments below.

GCD From A Student’s Perspective

Grace College of Divinity is a unique Bible College that puts emphasis on preparing emerging leaders to change the world. GCD accomplishes this through dedicated staff and professors who work to change students lives.

I interviewed several students so that future students can have an understanding of GCD from a personal perspective that is relevant to them. The students’ answers are honest to each individual and help gain insight to the heart of GCD.

 

  1. What are the classes like?

The classes are engaging and the professors encourage questions. It is always cool to learn about God and the classes help with the practicality of it.” – Patrice Parkinson, Senior

The classes are great because they help prepare you for ministry in life. Destiny and Calling really helped me to think about the future. It also helped me to understand ministry doesn’t always mean working for a church.” – Zach Barefoot, Freshman

 

  1. What are the professors like?

The professors are very open and personal. They encourage questions and seem down to earth.” – Jeff Deitz, Freshman

The professors are interested in our lives and really want to help us learn.” – Daniel Colby, Senior

 

  1. What is your favorite part of GCD?

My favorite part is how close knit and family-like the students and classes are.” – Alexander Wilson, Sophomore 

I like that it isn’t a traditional setting and that the people care about other’s views and opinions.” -Jeff Deitz, Freshman 

  1. What is the environment like at GCD?

The environment is very positive and welcoming. The staff and faculty want people to succeed.” -Alainya Pierce, Sophomore

It is very warm and friendly, it’s like another home for me.” -Zach Barefoot, Freshman

  1. How has GCD helped you?

GCD has helped me to succeed in college and gain a better understanding of my weaknesses and strengths.” -Alexander J. Gael, Freshman

I have been better equipped for ministry and life. I have learned communication skills and how to teach myself and others.” -Daniel Colby, Senior


Grace College of Divinity has a passion for emerging leaders. GCD develops students to go out and become world changers. The open and inviting atmosphere of GCD is reflected in all that it does. Grace College of Divinity is a striving force in Biblical Education and continues to support its students and empowers them to succeed.

GCD’s School of Worship

 

GCD’s School of Worship

School of Worship

The School of Worship offers a Certificate in Worship Leadership. This certificate is a one-year program that includes thirty credit hours of academic work and an extensive music practicum in the students’ area of specialization. Students may choose either instrumental, vocal, or dance specialization in this school. The students involved in this program will be required to participate on a Worship Team at a local church at a designated time. This program puts in place the musical talent of our students. Also, students will be able to minor in worship if interested in a Bachelors of Divinity degree.

We are working to make our worship program better with updated courses that include even more practical experience in production, sound, and real-world worship leadership. These new courses and practical experiences will begin in the Fall of 2016.

Student Experience: Gideon Holman

Once I graduated from theExperience with a certificate of Christian leadership, I decided to go to the School of Worship at GCD. What made me want to go into this branch of GCD was the fact that their School of Worship seemed more well-rounded than that of other Christian colleges I’ve researched. At other colleges, their worship program included two Music Theory classes, a worship class thrown in there that mainly focused on stage presence, and some music lessons. While GCD does have Music Theory and Worship Leadership classes under their curriculum, they also offer a leadership class based off of Tim Elmore’s Habitudes book series, multiple theology classes, cultural anthropology, and a practicum that’s focused on learning how to use your vocals, how to direct the band, how to use the top tech gear for modern worship, (ableton, logic Pro X, and Looptimus) both leading the worship team onstage and offstage. I’ve only been through this program for a year now, but because of how well-rounded the program is and because of the dedication of the teachers I have, I feel like I am more equipped to lead a group of people in worship to Jesus through the vehicle of music. Although going through a worship program is good on its own, I would strongly suggest to anyone that, while going through the School of Worship, you join a worship team at a local church. Doing this will give you extra credibility, because not only will you have the knowledge of the worship leader, you will also have practical experience.

 

GCD School of Leadership

 

GCD School of Leadership


This school consists of the Certificate in Church Leadership, Certificate in Christian Leadership, and the Associates, Bachelors, and Masters of Christian Leadership. This school focuses on equipping students who are interested in leadership in any context, whether that be in the church, non-profit organizations, or wherever the student feels called to lead. The courses for this school are aligned in four specific disciplines: Biblical and Organizational Leadership, Biblical Studies, Theology, and Practical Ministry. Students interested in this specific school will be required to complete 30-120 credit hours depending on their program and they will be required to fulfill GCD’s Christian Service requirement. Some of the Bible and theology courses in the undergraduate School of Leadership include Introduction to Theology, Hermeneutics and Old and New Testament Survey, but also this school includes more specific classes on leadership such as Collaborative Teams and Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship, Ethics, Mentoring and Coaching, and Introduction to Organizational Leadership.

 

Student Experience: Rossana Allup

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“Leadership is a complex and passionate process that involves the influence of a leader on a group to achieve a common goal. The leader has to employ his time in working for a present that builds the future. This level of understanding requires the ability to look beyond the horizon and to consider the skills, tools and changes that are required to reach that vision of the future. There are not a specific set of traits and abilities to be a leader, these varies depending on the circumstances. Leadership is a process that is getting more importance with the time. In my opinion, all the changes that are having place in the world are demanding leaders with character and emotional intelligence.”

      “Also, I am passionate about the issue of emotional intelligence. I remember several occasions when I thought how useful it would be if a certain leader realized the power of doing things with the rest of the group, leaving behind his ego and personal interests. At the time, I did not have the knowledge of the ‘right way’ of doing things, but I thought there had to be another way of leading a team. The world would be quite different with spiritually mature leaders. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity of being in GCD Master Program because it is giving me the tools and the knowledge to go further and to become a better individual and an effective leader who works and acts in a way that honors God.”

 

Church Growth Course

 

Church Growth Course

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     Grace College of Divinity offers a unique course centered around the principles of church growth. It is from a sociological, psychological, and theological point of view. The course is designed to cover elements behind church growth.

     In the class they look at 2-3 models of churches at a systemic level to discover what they have in common. The class looks at successful churches and links the key differences to see how to best impact change in a community.

     The class looks to the early church in the Bible and asks the questions “What makes a movement?” “What would happen to the community if the church disappeared?” The class also recognizes that it is Jesus who grows the church but reaches beyond to see how the church can impact a community.

     Some of the required reading material include Viral Churches by Ed Stezer and Warren Bird and Exponential by Dave Ferguson and Jon Ferguson. The assignments are made relatable to everyone. The class is not designed to only appeal to those who are called to plant a church. The class is for anyone who has a heart for understanding their part in the local church or how the church can obtain optimal healthy growth.

     The early church made a movement that spread the word of God all around the world. That movement has not finished. This class helps individuals find their place in the movement. God fills the seats but our role extends beyond just that.

Grace College of Divinity

Grace College of Divinity

What is Grace College of Divinity?

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Grace College of Divinity or GCD is an accredited Bible college focused on complementing the discipleship skills of the local church. GCD uses our leadership, worship, ministry, and family life skills to equip us, believers, to advance the kingdom of God. GCD’s mission is to prepare emerging leaders to change the world by advancing the Kingdom of God through sound Biblical training, practical ministry, and personal development.

 

What programs does GCD provide?

GCD provides the following programs and certificates:

Christian Leadership Program

This program consists of three degrees; Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s. This program is focused on training those who feel like they are called to ministry in the church, leadership in the church or business environment, and proclaiming humanity’s alienation from God and God’s work of redemption. The courses for this program are combined with four specific disciplines: Leadership, Biblical Studies, Theology, and Practical Ministry.

Divinity Program

This program consists of two degrees; Associate’s of Divinity  and Bachelor’s. It is focused on training those who feel like their calling is to serve or lead in the local church. It combines the courses with three specific disciplines: Biblical Studies, Theology, and Practical Ministry.

Certificate in Missions Leadership

This is a one-year program for those students who are called to ministry in the mission field. It teaches the student cultural diversity and skill regarding cross-cultural evangelism and discipleship.

Certificate in Worship Leadership

This is a one-year program focused on academic work and extensive music practice in the student’s area of specialization. Specializations include the following: instrumental, vocal and dance.

Certificate in English for Academic Purposes

This certificate prepares foreign students and English-language learners to use the English language successfully in the context of Biblical higher education. It provides Christian foundations while developing reading, writing, listening, and speaking in the English language.

For more information go to our website www.gcd.edu

TheExperience Internship and TheExperience Weekend

 

TheExperience Internship and TheExperience Weekend

The Experience Internship

Overview

This is an internship designed to equip students to change the world through faith, character, and leadership skills. This internship combines academics and practical leadership experience. Every intern will choose a track getting specialized training and experience within a specific field.

Academics

TheExperience Internship offers a Certificate of Christian Leadership upon graduation. If desired, the intern may come back for a second year and obtain an Associate’s Degree of Christian Leadership. The Certificate is a year-long program and provides 11 Courses (30 credit hours), the Associate’s is a two year-long program and provides 22 Courses (60 credit hours).

Both years provide the following:

– Annual International Mission Trips

– National Leaders Conferences

– Weekly Mentoring Meetings with Pastor Michael Fletcher

– Domestic Trips and Outreaches

– Spiritual Growth & Biblical Teaching

– Character Development

– Individualized Teaching

– Specialized Training

– Practical Leadership Experience

Student Life

The Experience Internship

The intern will build life-giving relationships with fellow interns and participating in the following activities:

–  International Missions Trip

–  Team Workouts

–  Group Outings

–  Family Nights

–  Road Trips

–  Monthly Student Events

–  Lifelong Friendships

Track Options

Worship and Fine Arts: This track is focused on those who feel that are called to be worship leaders, graphic designers, videographers, dancers, sound engineers, etc. The interns will be developing their talent in the ministry field. Audition and interview required.

Outreach & Missions: This track is focused on those who feel called to reach the global community through long-term and short-term missions, evangelism, and community outreaches. Interview required.

Leadership: This track equips the interns in the finer areas of leadership and offer unique opportunities to develop advanced leadership skills. Interns are evaluated in specific areas of practical leadership based on their personal calling and life goals.

Want to be an Intern?

Come to our next event TheExperience Weekend November 13th and 14th. Here you will meet the staff and current interns while getting all the information you need to know about the internship. We will talk about academics, leadership opportunities, track options, internship schedule, student life, scholarships and various financial aid options. Representatives of TheExperience, Manna Church, and Grace College of Divinity will be present to answer any questions. For more information about TheExperience Weekend, call or email Anne Fletcher to annefletcher@mannachurch.org or 910-849-9464.