GCD School of Divinity

School of Divinity

GCD’s School of Divinity consists of two degrees, Associates of Divinity and Bachelors of Divinity. This school is suited for those who are interested in leadership, and specifically pastoral and church leadership. The courses are aligned with three specific disciplines: Biblical Studies, Theology, and Practical Ministry.

Student Experience, Bachelor of Divinity: Rebecca Allup

“My experience at GCD has been unique. The classes have certainly equipped me to the calling that God has for my life and for my daily walk as a Christian. My teachers have challenged me to give the best of me in everything I do. I see each one of my classes as an opportunity to be discipledby my teachers and to learn from them. I have the great privilege to participate in mission trips a couple times a year to Honduras and Colombia with Frontline Missions throughout 2016, an organization that GCD plugged me in with during my very first semester in the school. Being part of such a missionary organization has been life changing. I’ve been working with this organization since 2013 and the combination of mission trips and classes has been unique because everything I learn I can readily put into practice.”

Students who are interested in leading a local church and/or ministry just like Rebecca attend this school to receive  more training and experience as leaders.

 

 

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.

GCD Alumni Student Experience

 

GCD Alumni Student Experience

The Expereience Student Ministry Internship

During my time in the Experience internship with GCD, most of my classes took place in class rather than online. I remember having a hard time becoming acclimated to the online courses because they were structured differently. After the internship, I moved back home to Roanoke Rapids, NC and continued my education completely online. Immediately, I ran into an issue – I was unable to find all my required courses in online form. Because of the issue, I had to call GCD to find out if any of my electives could substitute for a required class. Luckily, a couple of my previous classes substituted for prerequisites.

Year 1! So on the top left of the picture, you will see some of my friends I grew up with. These guys were my life, and still are. But after a series of God moments and a lot of tears, the Lord directed and CONVINCED me to do theExperience internship with GCD. I didn’t want to do it, but I’m glad I did. After a series of events, God broke my will, and I quickly fell in love with the people and ministry at GCD and Manna. The people in the second photo are the interns I now call my lifelong friends. They mean so much to me. God took us to Costa Rica (bottom left picture) and showed us what he was doing over seas and brought us together as a team. Then after a lot of blood, sweat, tears, and coffee, we made it through our first year of the internship and we were radically changed people. When I look back on this year, I clearly see that this year was a time of building foundations! God took everything I had built my life upon beforehand and completely shattered it. Then He built a new foundation in me and taught me that you can only grow as tall as you are deep. These words end up being the basis of all to come in the future, because little did I know of the terrors that lay ahead of me in the next year of my life! More on that in the next post! To be continued…! @captainseaturtle #internship #theexperience #changed #neverthesame #ministry #friends #coffee

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Year 2! So this was the year I dread and love them most. After wrestling once again with God, He convinced me to do the second year internship, which means more responsibility, school, people, and gallons of coffee. The years set up was pretty much the same as before, but the challenges were different. You know the story when Jacob and God wrestled? Do you remember how God touched Jacobs leg and it came out of socket? Well during this time, I was wrestling with God, and He touched me in a sensitive spot. He touched my identity which left me completely and utterly a wreck! I had no idea who I was anymore and I could hardly make it through the days. But I learnt so many things that year, and it became by far the most important year of my life thus far. So here are a few tid bits I learnt. The first lesson is that no matter how lost you are, you are always a child of God first, and the rest second. The second lesson is that where you have been and who people say you are does not define you, God defines you. The third lesson is that you can either let brokenness control you, or let brokenness humble you so God can lift you up through His power and Grace instead of opposing you. Matthew 23:12. The last lesson is that even if you are as lost as an Easter egg, and your identity is unsure, the Lord our God who knitted you and fashioned all your parts together knows who you are exactly. And that, my friends, is a solid rock you can rest on. You don’t always have to know the answers. But you do have to rest in Gods truths. And in that place God will reveal who you are. #theexperience #internship #year2 #important #jesussaves #redeems #heknowsyou #helovesyou #restinhim #pureunabridgedmajesty

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 Online Bible College

I cannot say that doing four to five classes online every semester has been good for my health, especially early on. The process is very stressful and time consuming. However, after two semesters, I got the hang of online study and was able to reduce my study time by a couple hours. Because of the similar course patterns in almost ever class, I began to find a rhythm, and work became easier as I became a better student. My grades have been better through online classes, and that is important to me. I believe the online courses have forced me to study and pay attention more to detail as opposed to being in class with people. I realized that I do not retain information being spoken to me as well as information read and written about.

 

Year 3! So, after I graduated the internship the Lord opened the door for me to move back home and take over as the youth coordinator. So I did, and I continued to work on my bachelors degree online. But I'll tell you what, online school is hard!! I've spent more hours reading and writing in one year than I did in two years in campus! Sometime I just want to jump off a cliff, but I refrain 😬. But in the end, all the hard work is worth it! I have fallen in love with the youth in the Church and they make my life awesome! I pretty much have the coolest job in the world. I get payed to have fun and teach kids, plus the occasional road trip! But the year has also had its challenges as it should. God really challenged me to step out my comfort zone and to do more adventurous things. So as a result I have gotten into hiking, long boarding and I even took a group of 30 from the youth group skiing practically on my own! That was tough! And as you can see, I have a lot of pictures of only a few of my adventures from that year. But through it all, I learned the most about Gods timing. I watched a lot of my friends gain things I have been desiring for a long time. And it's been a challenge to not get jealous, but I know that jealousy doesn't get you anywhere. My patience and trust in God has grown tremendously, and the biggest lesson I've learned is that a good thing at the wrong time becomes a bad thing. Therefore you must wait for the right thing in Gods timing, whether that be love, marriage, career, kids, purpose, promotion, (insert desire here). Isaiah 40:31 "but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." Just wait on him, and He will carry you. #waitonhim #helovesyou #jesusissustainingme #year3 #worklife #pureunabridgedmajesty

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Bible College Student

Because of my experience with online courses, I do not believe online classes are for everyone. Some people learn much better through lectures, and others learn better with reading and writing assignments. If you are like me and learn by reading and writing, then online classes are for you. But, if you learn by listening to a teacher, then online courses may not be the best decision for you. However, you have to do what must be done in order to obtain your education. If you work hard no matter what your learning style is, then online classes are worth the extra work.

 

Year 4! So this year is my last year of college, and in many ways it has been the most challenging. It is not that school or even the work is the challenge, but it's the loss of friends… Sort of… Many of my closest friends have ventured off into their first year of college and I have been left here at home, lonely at times. But as my friends have left to start their own adventures, I have gained a whole new generation of kids in our youth group and I have learnt the value of adding value to others. And the biggest challenge is to help transport the culture that made the previous group soo amazing into these new youthees. But it's a good challenge. Yet, as I am coming to an end in this part of my journey, I am nervous and yet excited about the next steps. I don't have a clue what those steps are, but if I have learned anything in the past 4 years is that what ever God leads you to, it will always be great and worth it. I also feel a strong need for Gods wisdom because I need it. So I've dedicated this year to gaining wisdom with my whole heart. As a matter of fact, the scripture tells us to seek wisdom "Get wisdom; get insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth." And I know that the wisdom of God is going to direct my steps in the coming future. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6 God has got me! No worries 😁 #wisdom #timing #friends #growing #proverbs #trustinthelord #helovesyou #pureunabridgedmajesty

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Final post! So this has been a fun ride, but all good things come an end! I just want to give a couple final thoughts to end the night. So I'm playing my favorite guitar, her name is Nessa Rose. (Don't judge). I call her Nessa Rose because Nessa means pure and Roses are beautiful. So the name means Pure and Beautiful. 😁 I like that picture and I strive to find the pure and beautiful things in this world. They come in many shapes and are in each person. But the most pure and beautiful things are the workings God does inside of you. The question is can you draw them out? The hearts of man are like deep waters, and it takes work, patience, love, and the Holy Spirit to draw them out. So my final advice to you is to seek out the pure and beautiful things that God is doing inside of you and others, and capitalize on those deep workings. Be aware of what God is doing in you and others and always ask yourself how you can participate with God in what He is doing. Selah. Alright! Enough from me! God bless you all and continue to seek God in all you do! #gcdtakeover #fun #selah #Jesussaves #Jesuschangesus #gcd #pureunabridgedmajesty

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GCD’s 5K Dream Run

GCD’s 5K Dream Run

Grace College of Divinity in partnership with the Fayetteville Dream Center present the first annual GCD Dream Run! This will be a 5k walk/run to raise awareness and support the causes of these two non-profit organizations .This will be a great time to come out and meet new people and have fun together.

The registration is absolutely free! Order your event shirt when you register for $15 (order before April 7th to guarantee size availability). This walk/run will take place on Saturday, May 14, 2016 in downtown Fayetteville on a certified 5k route. Registration and Packet Pickup will start at 8:00am and the actual run will start at 9:00 am. A clothe and shoes drive will be taking place at the time of the run and there will also be a kids tent with some very fun activities, absolutely free!

There will be four different prizes for the top finishers in the following categories :

  • Top Male
  • Top Female
  • Top Child (12 and under)
  • Top GCD student

Also, we have different sponsorship levels available for companies that would be interested to sponsor this event. To register, sponsor, or for more information visit our website www.GCD.edu/GCDDreamRun .

So come out to have a blast in a healthy way with us and fellow members of our community!

Student Spotlight: Rachel Shinnick

 

Student Spotlight: Rachel Shinnick

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Meet our student spotlight for this week. Her name is Rachel Shinnick, she is a freshman attending GCD to obtain her Certificate in Christian Leadership while being an intern at Manna Church. Here are photos that she posted when she did the Instagram takeover. Instagram: gcdivinity.

 

Student Ministries Intern

 

 

Bible College Professor

 

 

Internship Trip to Honduras

 

 

Student Ministries Gen Ignite

 

Modeling the new @genignite sweatshirts. And then because our photographer had to get in on it too. #weinternsarecrazy #andIloveusforit

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Mentoring

 

 

Student Life

 

 

Terrance James Scholarship

 

Terrance James Scholarship

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     Terrance James was an inspirational young man from Guyana. He grew up without a main father figure in his life, which led to him being involved with the wrong people. In his late teens he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. He became passionate about God and sharing the gospel so he joined a Bible College in Brazil called Cetram. This school takes students selected from their village to train them as leaders. They learn the Word of God through stories and a trade to support themselves. Then they are returned to their village to share the Word of God. At this school Dr. Crowther, the current president of Grace College of Divinity, became a mentor for him. He hoped to go out and share the gospel with others.

     His dream was that people who grew up with a difficult childhood or were parentless would find hope and joy in the love of Christ. His life had been filled with struggles and darkness and he strived to give others the peace and hope that God gave him. In 2013 Terrance went to a rodeo on Easter weekend and there he was killed by gang members of the area. Terrance James was an inspiration to everyone. He was hardly ever seen angry and always walked with a smile. Terrance James had the uncanny ability to make friends with everyone he met no matter where they were from. People who met him felt a sense of joy outpouring from him.

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“Everyone who talked to him knew he had a smile, a dance in his step, and served others. Other people mattered to him. He is remembered through the joy and dance in his heart.”- Alan Winter


A memorial scholarship was set up in his memory from GCD with Centram to help young people who grew up without a father figure and have a passion for Christ.

 

 

Devotional by Senior Norica Vernon

 

Devotional by Senior Norica Vernon

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             This is Norica Vernon’s devotional. She was born and raised on the island of Jamaica but currently calls North Carolina home. She is a US Army reservist, a mother, a senior at Grace College of Divinity and an active volunteer who devotes her free time to serving the Lord, whenever possible.

The one thing I’ve come to know and understand after more than 10 years in the Army is assignments. My first job as a reassignment clerk was to issue orders for soldiers and ensured that they were properly distributed. A TCS is a temporary change of station also known as a deployment. These were short intense assignments. You stayed where you were but left and came back. A PCS is a permanent change of station, a permanent assignment. These were short or long but you were gone from where you were last not knowing if you were to return there or not. Coming to Fort Bragg I knew it was my last active duty assignment. I felt it, I knew it deep within me and that was 5 years ago. The Holy Spirit told me so.

As Christians we are always on assignment not necessarily places but people. In the Great Commission, Jesus issued our orders. Some assignments are temporary could be a few minutes, months or even few years. Other assignments are permanent these are the people God places in our lives to always intercede for or for us to make a difference in their lives. In the Army we don’t always choose or like our assignments. It is the same when God gives us our orders, we don’t always like or choose the assignments but we have to follow them. And when God gives us an assignment, there is no rejecting or deleting it. I’ve been on probably my hardest assignment to date for a while now and I’ve wanted God to amend or delete it but it’s permanent, so I am going to make the most of it. I encourage you to prayerfully seek God about your assignment and ask Him to give you what you need to make the most of it. After all He did say He would be with you always and nothing can top that.

Be Blessed,

Norica

 

Study Tips To Save The Day

Study Tips To Save The Day

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     Getting back into the rhythm of school isn’t always easy. With the Spring semester starting and graduation around the corner, some people just can’t wait for spring break. In light of the new semester old habits can come back. Study sessions can look more like netflix and procrastination rather than papers and dissertations. For all the students out there slogging through until May comes around, here are some study tips to save GPAs.

  1. Dedicate a specific place to study

     To get anything done right you have to set the mood. Find a quiet spot where you know you can get work done. Take away all the distractions such as Facebook, Youtube, and texts. If you are a procrastinator you don’t need any more excuses to distract yourself.

 

  1. Prioritize your time

     Setting specific times to study makes sure that your assignments and tests don’t sneak up on you. If you spend an hour or two a day studying you will get more than if you crammed the night before the big test.

 

  1. Find a study group

     Friends can become motivation. If you don’t fully understand the material gather your classmates and study together. You can work as a group to tackle the harder concepts and keep each other accountable. You can even get some of them to quiz you on the material.

 

    4. Take good notes

     A great way to remember the material is to briefly go back over the notes. When in class pay attention and take notes. Don’t write down word for word what is being said, jot down key points. If you don’t write fast enough try typing them on a computer. If worse comes to worse ask a classmate to borrow their notes.

 

    5. Get tutoring

     If you are just not getting the material or need some extra help, get tutoring. There are specific people who are there to help you with tests, papers, and homework. GCD offers both writing and math tutors. If interested contact Ron McBride via email rmcbride@gcd.edu


Studying doesn’t have to be a struggle. Just keep your head up, hit the books, get a tutor, and you will survive the semester.

 

Study tips to survive the semester

 

 Study tips to survive the semester

 

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     Getting back into the rhythm of school isn’t always easy. With the Spring semester starting and graduation around the corner, some people just can’t wait for spring break. In light of the new semester old habits can come back. Study sessions can look more like netflix and procrastination rather than papers and dissertations. For all the students out there slogging through until May comes around, here are some study tips to save GPAs.

  1. Dedicate a specific place to study

To get anything done right you have to set the mood. Find a quiet spot where you know you can get work done. Take away all the distractions such as Facebook, Youtube, and texts. If you are a procrastinator you don’t need any more excuses to distract yourself.

  1. Prioritize your time

Setting specific times to study makes sure that your assignments and tests don’t sneak up on you. If you spend an hour or two a day studying you will get more than if you crammed the night before the big test.

  1. Find a study group

Friends can become motivation. If you don’t fully understand the material gather your classmates and study together. You can work as a group to tackle the harder concepts and keep each other accountable. You can even get some of them to quiz you on the material.

    4. Take good notes

A great way to remember the material is to briefly go back over the notes. When in class pay attention and take notes. Don’t write down word for word what is being said, jot down key points. If you don’t write fast enough try typing them on a computer. If worse comes to worse ask a classmate to borrow their notes.

    5. Get tutoring

If you are just not getting the material or need some extra help, get tutoring. There are specific people who are there to help you with tests, papers, and homework. GCD offers both writing and math tutors. If interested contact Ron McBride via email rmcbride@gcd.edu

Studying doesn’t have to be a struggle. Just keep your head up, hit the books, get a tutor, and you will survive the semester.