If you have been in church any length of time and/or enjoy reading books by Christian authors, you have benefited from the fruit of private Christian Universities. Many of us take for granted that the preparation for the sermon on Sunday, the class on Wednesday and even the pastoral work during the week came out of years that the minister spent in graduate education.

If you have been in church any length of time and/or enjoy reading books by Christian authors, you have benefited from the fruit of private Christian Universities. Many of us take for granted that the preparation for the sermon on Sunday, the class on Wednesday and even the pastoral work during the week came out of years that the minister spent in graduate education.

I am not sure where we would be without it. It is the air we breathe and the water we drink. We cannot envision what our churches would be like without the selfless people who commit themselves to instructing in our Universities.

My own story passes through Harding School of Theology. When I decided to go into ministry, they were ready to receive me. My life has never been the same ever since. I use the tools they taught me on a daily basis.

There are fingerprints of influence on my ministry from ACU, Pepperdine, Oklahoma Christian, and others…The influence is both directly from the Universities and their professors and from their graduates.

None of this happens without resources: people and money. I hope you will consider how you might help our universities advance the cause of the kingdom either through giving to them or encouraging people who are capable to go into ministry.

This month our two advertisers were chosen for the reasons above. I approached them about advertising with us because I believe in what they are doing and I want you to know more about their work. If you want to know about their work check out their websites or, better yet, check out their graduates. The fruit is all around us. Wineskins’ authors are a lot of that fruit! We just often take that preparation for granted. Those two universities are Harding School of Theology and Oklahoma Christian University.

Harding School of Theology is still doing great work. They have online programs so you can learn from distance. Check out HST at our Wineskins affiliate link so they know we sent you. Harding School of Theology.

Oklahoma Christian is also doing great work. They recently started a new degree – a Masters in Christianity and Culture. I hope you will check that out as well. We need well prepared, well rounded ministers, thinkers, workers for the expansion of the kingdom. You can check out what is going on a OC here. They are offering a free class toward that degree. See the link for more info.

The vision of the future of our churches need visionaries to help us see a better and brighter future that is rooted in the word of God, connected with culture, and faithful to the ministry and mission of Jesus. These Universities are turning out people and are looking for people who are going to impact the world for years to come. Some of those people are people you know who will need your encouragement and affirmation of their gifts to understand their calling to ministry.

These are programs I believe in and are very important to my life and ministry. I am also thankful that they have chosen to support our work through advertising. Check them out!

I am not sure where we would be without it. It is the air we breathe and the water we drink. We cannot envision what our churches would be like without the selfless people who commit themselves to instructing in our Universities.

My own story passes through Harding School of Theology. There are fingerprints of influence on my ministry from ACU, Pepperdine, Oklahoma Christian, and others…