President Jim J. Adams | April 25, 2018

The end of a school year offers many reasons to celebrate, but none stand out like the success of our graduates and newly licensed ministry candidates.

Please join me for a moment of grateful celebration!

During Commencement ceremonies this year, Life Pacific College will graduate 162 students in all degree programs with near-equal representation of female (82) and male (80) graduates.

For the fourth straight year, 100% of our candidates have passed their license panel interviews with flying colors! We attribute this success rate to quality classroom instruction in doctrine, theology, and practical ministry skills that prepare our graduates to face the intense scrutiny of the three-hour oral interview.

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Also worthy of celebration, The Foursquare Church will license 20 of this year’s LPC graduates for Foursquare ministry and six more will interview in May. Of those already approved, 12 are female, confirming what we believe is a growing trend of gender equality in leadership that encourages me for the future of The Foursquare Church and the church at large.

For the fourth straight year, 100% of our candidates have passed their license panel interviews with flying colors! We attribute this success rate to quality classroom instruction in doctrine, theology, and practical ministry skills that prepare our graduates to face the intense scrutiny of the three-hour oral interview.

Beyond the institutional success rate however, our candidates view these license panels as a right of passage. The extensive examination with ordained Foursquare ministers leaves our graduates with a sense of achievement that goes beyond personal pride. Our students gain a deep appreciation for Foursquare polity and history and find themselves fully aligned with the movement and our future.

 

This month, Foursquare Vice President and General Supervisor Tammy Dunahoo and Vice President and Foursquare Missions Director Ted Vail invited our newly licensed ministers to lunch at our Foursquare Central Offices in celebration of their achievement.

Tammy is a wonderful role model for all of our graduates, but especially for our young women in leadership who discover much wisdom and experience as Tammy shares with them. Ted offers all our graduates a global perspective of effective ministry that begins right here at home.

Together, Tammy and Ted stepped up to the plate to welcome our graduates in the absence of President Glenn Burris who was recovering from a recent illness. While we certainly missed Glenn and the way he warmly welcomes our new ministers, Tammy and Ted did an amazing job of encouraging and equipping our young leaders as they enter an ever-changing playing field of ministry.

Our graduates have come so far during their experience at Life Pacific College. To God be the glory! They regularly confront truth in their coursework and welcome the opportunity to find true understanding of God, His Word, and His purposes in the earth.

Particularly encouraging to me, Tammy talked with these young ministers about the pressing winds of change in culture and challenged them to seek new ways of reaching people amidst sometimes perplexing issues.

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Tammy and Ted interacted with students and their concerns about current culture and the future of ministry around the world. I was amazed at the insight, the concern, and the openness of our ministers – young and old – to discover new levels of partnership as we minister together.

Our graduates have come so far during their experience at Life Pacific College. To God be the glory! They regularly confront truth in their coursework and welcome the opportunity to find true understanding of God, His Word, and His purposes in the earth.

Women and men are finding equality in their place of ministry in the Church and the marketplace. The role Life Pacific College plays in this equality excites me.

Our professors and staff are truly preparing new generations of ministers in the classroom, in athletic venues, and in global life experiences.

Life Pacific students earn their degrees and many ultimately earn their Foursquare credentials through our traditional campus programs and others do so in fully engaged online environments.

Most of all, our graduates are prepared to find their place in God’s harvest field. That singular fact is worthy of celebration!