By: Jim J. Adams, Ed.D., LPC President
Unique. Strategic. Contextual. Global. These words describe a first-ever partnership for Life Pacific College that is nearly ready to launch
Three years ago, the Lord gave us a bold 10-Point Shared Vision for Life Pacific College that included promoting unique partnerships to “internationalize LPC through short-term missions, FMI, global relationships, recruiting, and study abroad,” (emphasis added).
We are excited about the coming launch of our first-ever global partnership with TCA College of Singapore, a Christian, Pentecostal college with like-minded values as LPC. The initial program will be similar in scope to our existing Master of Arts in Strategic Leadership (MASL) that has already successfully launched cohorts in California, Colorado, and Virginia, however the Singapore cohort will be our first global cohort with students earning a Master of Arts in Christian Leadership.
The joint degree program with TCA will provide graduate level education for Foursquare ministers and the larger Christian community who live and serve in Southeast Asia. Singapore is centrally located in the region making travel relatively easy for prospective students in nations where The Foursquare Church has vibrant works. Marking another first for LPC, graduates of this global cohort will receive diplomas bearing the names of both TCA and LPC, making them alums of both institutions – an added bonus for our graduates!
Professors from the U.S. will join professors from Southeast Asia mentoring students and teaching courses offering a truly unique mix of perspectives to inform and encourage applied learning in ministry settings.
God has called LPC to dream bold, serving a diverse global student community, and we are thrilled to pursue this next step in internationalizing the college. Further, this partnership advances our continued focus on serving adult learners of all ethnicities and cultures within contextualized learning environments. I can personally affirm the value of global partnerships such as this one between two thriving institutions of Christian higher education.
LPC and TCA leadership have carefully vetted the partnership and reached mutual agreement to move forward. Recruitment will be focused on Southeast Asia so as not to compete in any way with the excellent work being done by our sister Foursquare institution, Asia Life University in South Korea.
The Singapore Ministry of Education has approved the program and application to our U.S. LPC accreditors WASC and ABHE is underway. A generous benefactor in Southeast Asia has provided a $1 million (Singapore) grant, a gesture generating much enthusiasm as LPC and TCA boldly prepare to launch the new MACL program.
Whether in the U.S. or Singapore, LPC boldly serves the needs of professional and adult learners with families and seasoned veterans of the ministry and the marketplace – leaders who seek more understanding and preparation for effective Christian service. Each year, nearly ____ adult learners benefit from the mostly online format studying from their homes or offices. On-campus residencies during the program ensure that members of a cohort stay connected with one another and their instructors during the two-year program.
As a proponent of lifelong education, I am grateful for this college community that embraces adult education and global learning. Further, it blesses me to know that God has given us a bold dream to prepare women and men for effective leadership. As we extend LPC into Southeast Asia, we invite your prayerful support for leaders of both institutions, our professors in Singapore and the U.S., and for the many prospective students who will benefit from this unique, strategic, contextual, and distinctly global partnership.
By: Jim J. Adams, Ed.D., Life Pacific College President