Ministry Preparation With Online Education
This article is by Dr. Jamie Franke, our Online Education Coordinator.
Central’s online program provides excellent Bible and ministry education and training for students who wish to complete their education while continuing in their current professions or ministries. Jason McCully, who will earn his Bachelor of Religious Studies degree in May, is an excellent example of how online education through Central helps train servant-leaders for the church in an effective and practical way.
Jason’s story is about a man deeply concerned about ministry and furthering the kingdom of God. He grew up attending a non-instrumental Church of Christ and graduated from the Bible Institute of Missouri in 2005, where he received training for preaching ministry. He preached at the Conway (Missouri) Church of Christ for almost two years.
After this, he changed courses in life, and began to work in the insurance industry. After five years working for another company, he opened his own independent insurance agency in 2011 in Republic, Missouri. During this time, he was heavily involved in the local church, even helping plant a church in Clever, Missouri, where he now lives. In addition, he built his own insurance agency to support further ministry work.
Through this time, Jason felt convicted that he needed to further his education for ministry preparation. He examined most of the Christian church colleges, and concluded that Central’s online program best met his needs. Our affordable program offered the clear instruction he wanted to complete an accredited bachelor’s degree.
Jason and his wife Victoria have four children: Gunnar (10), Owen (7), Ryanne (3), and Reeselyn (2). Although Central’s online courses were challenging, the program was flexible enough to balance effectively his family life and insurance business. Jason’s program included an internship under Seth Wortman, minister at Glendale Christian Church in Springfield, Missouri. Jason feels that his education has put him in a better position for full-time vocational ministry in the future.
Jason’s story demonstrates how our online education program prepares servant-leaders for the church who come from varied backgrounds with varied life experiences. We enjoy seeing students like him take the next step in being more effective servants of our Lord in building His kingdom.
Find more information about our online programs at cccb.edu/online