Nobody likes a negative Christian so lets start off with the pros!
- Prayer + prayer requests before the start of every class. It is a great daily reminder that you should be thankful for the education that you’re getting and thankful that you are openly able to express your faith; not many believers have that oportunity!
- You will be living and doing daily life with friends and people that understand your faith, goals, and aspirations – you will always have someone that has your back!
- It is a whole lot easier to maintain and grow in faith + your relationship with God because you will always have resources at your finger tips and there is little temptation like the kind that you could run into at a secular college. Having biblical courses as electives and core classes is also a great plus!
- Classes will usually be smaller and therefore more personal. You will find that a relationship with your professor is almost guaranteed (which also adds to the resources). The atmosphere of the classroom also almost always turns into a family like scenario.
- My favorite pro (which I’m not too sure if this is how every Christian college works, but it is how mine does). CHAPEL SERVICES! Worshiping the lord between classes as a requirement; Count me in!
- Unfortunately, most Christian colleges are private so they will be more pricey. So the price of tuition is the first bad boy to fall on this list of negatives.
- Rules – Curfew, content of possessions, dress code, verbal code (basically no curse words allowed), etc. etc, are just a few examples of some of the regulations that you will have to follow because if not there’s always a price to pay!
- If you are looking into a ministry degree or studying something in that range a Christian college could be the best choice for you, but if not then the limit on degree choices could be an issue.
- I’m gonna make this last con a personal one. Sometimes your academic life will get associated with your spiritual life. I once had a professor tell me that I had been missing too many classes so I had to have a spiritual intervention and get right with Lord. I know it looks bad on me, but I was a rough couple of months of coming in and out of a cold/flu. Of course he didn’t know that. Definite con 😦
I am currently a student at The Oaks School of Leadership which is a program within Southwestern Assemblies of God University. Before I transferred over I was studying at a community college so I’ve been down both the secular college and Christian college road and I can sincerely say that in my life the pros have definitely out weighed the cons. So if you think a Christian college is for you, then it probably is!! <– check out how convincing I am 🙂
Those are all my thoughts for today, God bless & talk to ya soon!