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Why ALC?

Awakening Leadership Center (ALC) is producing young leaders who will take the church and Christianity into the next several decades with power and widespread impact. The church is a mighty army of sold out, skilled men and women who are willing to give their whole lives to the cause of the Gospel. ALC’s mission is to train the next generation of leaders who are committed to serving the Lord and are effective in their God given calling.

ALC is a school of ministry arts where students will not only learn in the classroom but also through hands on projects and experience that all takes place within the context of the local church. Through intensive training in Creative Media, Project and Events Management, Worship Music, Youth Leadership and Biblical Studies, ALC is developing skilled and effective leaders for the church.

Students who attend are transformed, develop skills for success in any environment and leave with a clearer understanding of who they are in Christ and what they are called to achieve.

Core Values

The Awakening Leadership program is designed with the mindset of developing and mentoring young people to strengthen and equip the local church. Our purpose is to inspire, mentor, and develop young Christian leaders in their specific area of talent and calling. Students will take one year of their life, give it to God, and get trained to be the leader they were called to be in our 9 month program.

With this in mind, the Awakening Leadership Center Program is built upon these core values:

The Holy Spirit: it is the Holy Spirit that gifts and equips us for the work of the Lord. Because of this, it is essential that students develop a relationship with the Holy Spirit and find their identity through the Holy Spirit in Jesus Christ. This takes place in part through times of prayer and worship where we seek and invite the presence of the Holy Spirit and learn to hear his voice. Prayer is a pillar in one’s relationship with God and an integral part of the program at ALC, with each day starting with corporate prayer in the morning.

The Word of God: the Bible is the living and active Word of God. ALC students will develop a love and devotion to God’s Word as the source of absolute truth and will develop a Biblical worldview that will guide them the rest of their lives. All students will receive teaching and skills for understanding the Bible.

The Local Church: the local church is the beacon of hope and pillar of truth in the world. As such, the local church needs to be innovative, powerful, and relevant to its surrounding culture. ALC students will receive the training and skills necessary to serve and advance the local church.

Applied Wisdom: Ministry is not something that can be taught in a classroom alone. True learning and equipping for ministry takes place when students are able to apply what they are taught in the classroom. Throughout their time at ALC, students will receive hands-on ministry opportunities within the context of the church.

We invite you to dedicate 9 months to the Lord at ALC. During this time you will be transformed as you discover your identity in Jesus Christ and who He has called you to be. You will be fully equipped for the life of impact that the Lord has set you apart for.

Programs

All Awakening Leadership Center students will be enrolled in the following biblical studies courses. These are designed to build the student’s spiritual foundation by effectively developing and equipping them with a solid knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith as it pertains to the Bible, Christian Doctrine, and Church History. These classes prepare the student to be much more effective as disciples of Christ and as young leaders in their church.

Fall Semester
 
Old Testament Survey
The Old Testament course familiarizes the student with the entire Old Testament. Each OT book is reviewed with regard to literature type, historical setting, authorship, theme, and theological content. Furthermore, because ancient Israel foreshadows The Church, pertinent theological relationships between the Old and New Testaments receive special attention, especially related to Messianic references and prophecies. The history, geography, culture and laws of God’s people in the Old Testament are thoroughly examined in their Ancient Near East setting.
 
Church History I
Church History is the most important history of all. The story of God’s loving plan throughout history to redeem all mankind through His son, Jesus Christ, and through His Church is essential for the Christian leader to be familiar with. This course will highlight all the major events that have shaped the Church and the world from the time of Christ through the Protestant Reformation. Areas of focus include the day of Pentecost, the early church, the apostolic period, the emergence of Catholicism, the dark ages, and the work of the Holy Spirit between 30 and 1517 A.D.
 
Bible Doctrine I
Sound doctrine is vital for the health of the Church and for effective leadership. This course uses systematic theology, the discipline of using a comprehensive study of scripture to establish particular Christian beliefs. The course provides solid, biblical answers to some of the most important questions related to the Bible and the Christian faith. Throughout the semester, the foundation is laid for essential Christian doctrines including the inspiration of the Bible, revelation of scripture, the Trinity, the devil, spirits, mankind, sin, atonement, and the Church.
 
Spring Semester
 
New Testament Survey
The New Testament course provides the student with a thorough understanding of the biblical writings from the gospels of Christ to the apocalyptic literature in the Book of Revelation. The historical era of the New Testament, the first century A.D, was a crucial time period when messianic prophecies were fulfilled, God’s plan for human salvation was finished through Jesus Christ, and the church was formed. This course explores these events throughout the 27 books of the New Testament, placing special focus on each book’s author, audience, theme, purpose, and message.
 
Church History II
Church History is the most important history of all. The story of God’s loving plan throughout history to redeem all mankind through His son, Jesus Christ, and through His Church is essential for the Christian leader to be familiar with. This course will highlight all the major events that have shaped the Church and the world from the end of the Protestant Reformation through the 21st century local church. Areas of focus include pietism, denominationalism, the Great Awakenings and revival movements, and the work of the Holy Spirit between 1517 and the present day.
 
Bible Doctrine II
Sound doctrine is vital for the health of the Church and for effective leadership. This course uses systematic theology, the discipline of using a comprehensive study of scripture in order to establish particular Christian beliefs. The course provides solid, biblical answers to some of the most important questions related to the Bible and the Christian faith. Throughout the semester, the foundation is laid for essential Christian eschatological doctrines, including the latter day church, the tribulation, the second coming of Christ, the millennial reign, the resurrection of the dead, heaven
and hell.

The Creative Media program equips you to communicate the Gospel passionately and effectively using the media language(s) of our culture. You will be trained in all types of creative media as well as practical ministry application.
 
The Gospel can penetrate a new generation with new methods. Every day we see vivid images on video, the web, print media, magazines… that convey powerful messages. The Gospel is the most powerful message and Creative Media is the language of this age.
 
ALC’s state-of-the-art media center is the central classroom environment for challenging projects and assignments. You will be engaged in all types of media design; from video and film to graphic design, from conceptualization and story-boarding to post production and-or final print.
 
You will receive practical ministry training in…
● Film/ Video
● Graphic Design
● Print & Digital Publication
● Live Production
● Stage Design

The Project and Events Management program is a hands-on program that effectively equips the student with the skills needed for successfully planning, designing and managing major projects and events. You will work on projects involved in various ministries of New Life as well as events such as Awakening Youth nights, Fall Fest, Easter at New Life and many others.
 
Throughout the year, you will receive opportunities to apply the skills you are learning in the classroom. You will learn the art of planning, budgeting and organizing as you work behind the scenes to bring projects and events from concept to fruition. Students will be equipped to function in a professional capacity with the ability to bring their skills both to their local church and the workplace.
 
You will receive practical ministry training in…
● Leadership Skills
● Team Management
● Event Planning
● Budget & Finances
● Post Event Analytics

The Worship Leading and Music Production program is designed to develop you into a skilled worship leader able to impact this generation in a fresh and relevant way. With a focus on having a true heart of worship and a high standard of musical excellence, you will have the opportunity grow in your understanding of worship as well as your skill.
 
You will receive training in worship leadership and be taught by members of the New Life and Awakening worship teams. You will also be involved in various worship projects and will receive training in song writing. Your musical gifts, talents and calling will be fully engaged, cultivated and increased as you exercise all that God has placed inside of you.
 
You will receive practical ministry training in…
● Musicianship
● Worship Leading
● Writing & Recording Music
● Leading a Worship Team
● Theology of Worship

The Youth Leadership program is designed to equip you for the work of a successful and impacting student ministry. This program is centered around the development of leadership skills especially related to student ministry. It also includes theology, biblical studies, practical ministry and leadership training especially related to youth ministries.
 
In addition to the classroom studies, you will have the hands-on opportunity to with hundreds of students through monthly Awakening Youth nights as well as through Awakening crews. You will learn what goes into developing and leading a thriving youth ministry in the local church setting. Throughout the year, students will be trained by leaders of the Awakening Youth team as well as some of the best youth pastors and senior leaders in the nation.
 
You will receive practical ministry training in…
● Student Discipleship
● Leadership & Management Principles
● Event Planning & Strategy
● Space Conceptualization, Design & Layout
● Campus Ministry & Outreach

ALC as a Gap Year Program

For high school graduates, ALC can be tremendously beneficial to your success as a gap year program.

What is a gap year?
Typically, a gap year is a one-year structured program where students engage in something purposeful other than college, often with the outcome of having acquired additional skill sets and greater maturity. Studies show that a gap year program can have a major positive impact on college bound students.

Benefits of a gap year
● Increased maturity, self-confidence and self-awareness
● Greater personal ownership and appreciation of their college education experience
● Better equipped to choose best-fit colleges per career ambitions
● 60% of gap year students felt the experience determined or confirmed their career/academic major (source: American Gap Association)

Many colleges and universities, including Harvard and Princeton, are now encouraging accepted students to participate in a gap year program before starting their time in higher education. The clarity regarding college and career choices that is acquired during a gap year not only gives a student confidence in their next step, but can also help save money in regards to tuition.

Prior Learning Credit
For those students who do decide to attend a 2 or 4 year college after their time at ALC, prior learning credits may be available to them. While ALC does not currently have formal articulation agreements with any colleges and cannot guarantee transfer credits to other schools, many students have gone on to receive prior learning credits with colleges and universities. For example, some students have received up to 12 credits, almost a full semester, at Liberty University. For students interested in this, ALC will work with you and provide you with the necessary course information required to obtain prior learning credits.

ALC will not only be a year of spiritual growth and maturity, but can also help tremendously in preparing students to be successful in their college years as well as their careers in the future.

Student Testimonials

“Due to the foundation I’ve received at ALC I not only know what I believe, but I know why I believe it and I am able to effectively defend and stand firm in those beliefs.”

Adam, Student at Grove City College

Student Testimonials

“ALC prepared me for the workplace in many different ways. At ALC I was trained to be organized, efficient, and ready to handle whatever was assigned to me. During my time at ALC I built a strong foundation of faith that prepared me for my next chapter.”

Aubrey, Project Manager at Big Fish Results

Student Testimonials

“Every class, every teacher, every event, every early morning prayer session, every night at Awakening, prepared me for where I am today.”

Rebekkah, Operations Director at Legacy Church Albany, NY