Christian Service

Central encourages her students to use their various talents in some form of ministry or service. Our goals include encouraging every student to be actively involved in service to the Lord’s kingdom while enrolled at Central, then continuing to serve Christ in ministry after leaving the college.

Every student receiving the Full-Tuition Scholarship is required to participate in a Christian Service project(s) for an average of four hours per week (60 hours per semester). This participation is monitored by the Academic Services Office. Failure to report at least 24 hours for each reporting block will result in a reduction of 10% of the tuition scholarship for the block in which a student does not complete at least 24 hours of Christian Service. It is possible for a student to receive a 20% deduction of their tuition scholarship within a single semester if expectations are not met for each block.

Opportunities

Students have a wide variety of service opportunities to choose from. Christian Service includes both volunteer and paid ministry, so it is possible to earn money for school while completing your service requirements. Any compensation is between the student and the church or organization. The college does not negotiate pay or expense reimbursement for its students.

Eligible service includes ministry done through the local church, through the college, and through community service organizations. The Director of Student Services is available to assist students in finding meaningful service opportunities. Some examples of Christian Service might include the following:

Through the Local Church/Community:
  • Preaching minister/Supply preaching
  • Associate/Youth minister/Youth sponsor/Music minister/Worship leader
  • Elder/Deacon/Bible School teacher/Church Secretary
  • Hospital visitation/Nursing home ministry
  • Campus ministry/Prison ministry
  • Public & Private Schools/Tutoring services
  • Missions Organizations/Committees/Forwarding Agents/church mission trips and/or teams
  • Childcare for Faculty & Staff as well as families within the community
Through CCCB:
  • Officially Recognized StuCo Student-led Ministry Groups/Other Student-led groups approved by the Director of Student Services
  • Volunteer College Department Groups (Business, Maintenance, Housekeeping, Academics, Student Development, Events, Athletics)
  • Ensembles/Outreach teams/Chapel activities
  • Tutors/Resident Assistants/StuCo members
  • Paid College Employees (student workers may use ½ of their paid hours towards Christian Service hours).
  • Student Athletes/Managers (student athletes/managers may use their participation in that sport only in the block in which the sport is actually being played – practice does not count)

Reporting

Students are expected to report thirty (30) Christian Service Hours for each block. There will be two (2) reporting blocks during each semester. Failure to report at least 24 hours for each reporting block will result in a reduction of 10% of the tuition scholarship for the block in which a student does not complete at least 24 hours of Christian Service. It is possible for a student to have a 20% reduction of their tuition scholarship during a single semester. Extra hours may be reported but will not carry over into the next block. Deficient hours cannot be made up without approval from the Academic Services Office for an extenuating circumstance. A total of 60 hour Christian Service Hours are required for each semester.

Christian Service hours may be completed an hour or two at a time or in a block of hours for each reporting period. For example:

John completes his Christian Service Hours at Timber Lake Christian Church serving with the Sunday morning & Wednesday night programs. He logs 4 hours every week for these service opportunity. John keeps track of these hours for 8 weeks at the end of the reporting block reports he has completed 30 hours and reports them on the website.

Sarah decides to help at the College’s Snow Days event and serves 15 hours during a weekend. Sarah also plays basketball and logs 20 hours of actual play time and at the end of the reporting period she reports she has completed her 35 hours of service on the website.

Reporting Blocks
  1. January 18 – March 10
    • Report March 3 – March 10
  2. March 11 – May 11
    • Report May 5 – May 12
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