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Why ALC?

Awakening Leadership Center (ALC) will challenge and grow students in every area of their life. Students will learn and develop skills that can’t be acquired anywhere else. Not only do students learn in the classroom, but they also learn through hands on projects and experience; something that often is not received on a college campus. Also, unlike most Bible colleges, all that takes place at ALC happens within the context of the local church. The church is the campus and learning environment. 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.  We believe the local church needs to be innovative, powerful, and relevant to its surrounding culture.  The church is a very unique organization that requires talented young people in all disciplines of administration, arts, and technology.  Bible and business programs do not address the very practical expertise needed in 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.

Prayer, Instruction, Character Building, and Practical Equipping are the core elements of the Awakening Leadership program.

As it is a pillar in one’s relationship with God, we will start each morning in corporate prayer and will also encourage and provide times for a personal prayer life to be developed and strengthened.

Our students’ weekly classes will be taught by men and women, who have proven themselves as leaders in the faith and who have dedicated their lives to the building of the local church.

Equipping is something the Awakening Leadership program strives to excel in.  Each student will choose a track to work in throughout the entire year. Students will learn both the spiritual and practical sides of doing church — they will learn how serve much more effectively and also how to lead.

Programs

Along with the student’s program selection, full time students will also take the following biblical study classes. 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 churches.
 
FIRST SEMESTER (Classes Run Sept 8 – Dec 18)
 
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.
 
SECOND SEMESTER (Classes Run Jan 5 – May 20)
 
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