CCU’s ministry programs are well-rounded, biblically-based, and theologically sound. Our urban location also allows ministry students to gain exposure to the latest trends and innovations. To continue to bolster our curriculum, several new initiatives are being launched this coming academic year that combine academic excellence with field experience.
THE TEACHING CHURCH
CCU is taking advantage of our centralized location to significantly increase the amount of time students spend in real-world ministry contexts. We are collaborating with a dozen partner churches in the Cincinnati area to create a program that allows students extensive time in the field. They will get involved in the life of the local church from the very beginning of their studies. Students will be assigned to a local teaching church during their freshman year and will serve, shadow, and observe. In the following years, they will become more deeply involved in ministry and, eventually, complete a one-year internship. The teaching church program will involve no extra cost to students and will not require them to leave Cincinnati. These meaningful ministry experiences will provide opportunities to put what they learn in the classroom into practice.
THE BLOC PARTNERSHIP
CCU recently finalized an agreement with BLOC Ministries, an urban ministry that works with under-resourced families and kids in the Greater Cincinnati area. Students will work with BLOC for cross-cultural experiences in a wide range of settings including schools, mentoring programs, and self- sustaining businesses. The program culminates in an extended, immersive experience that allows students to live and work in an inner city context for up to two full years. The city will serve as a laboratory for the theory they learn from faculty. For more information on BLOC, go to their website (www. blochead.org).
THE HONORS PROGRAM
CCU’s new Honors Program rewards elite students who wish to pursue a biblically-based college degree. Participants receive a full-tuition scholarship and a wide range of unique extra-curricular opportunities. While the Honors Program is open to students enrolled in any major, honors ministry students will receive special mentorship experiences and travel opportunities to develop their professional skills.