Vision Colleges started in 1984 with Rev Ken Chant as a local church bible school. Over the next five years, it became a distance-learning school with approximately 5,000 students in Australia. In about 1989, Vision Colleges was invited to establish a branch in the United States and began what is now our local Church Bible School program.
These two options, distance learning, and local church colleges, have been key to Vision Colleges’ success.
For the past two years, Vision Colleges, like many other colleges, churches, and individuals, have been affected by the impact of COVID. But despite this, the college has risen to the challenge due to the high quality of distance learning that the college offers.
Before COVID, Vision Colleges supported the local Church and their colleges by providing teaching materials. The colleges are independent, non-denominational, and Pentecostal. This perspective has been an invaluable force that has been faith-building and cohesive for the Church, especially in these times.
The lectures can offer what many pastors cannot: sound academic, biblically strong, and faith-building teaching material. WMostpastors do not have the time, training, or skills to develop such material and are so busy with pastoral care.
With the Vision Colleges program, the local ministry team is teaching the material to those who want to study the word of God, whether for personal development or those who want to be involved in the ministry.
At the same time, the local Church provides practical training. The ministry team teaches the materials and develops the individual’s skills for the local Church, its ministry, and the local community – and who better to lead that than men and women who are already on the coal front of the ministry?
Even when COVID closed many churches, colleges continued online. The teaching of the Vision Colleges helped keep the Church together, focusing less on the impact of the virus and more on the Kingdom of God.
It’s a marriage made in heaven, Vision says confidently. Churches no longer have to send their brightest and best to Bible school to lose them to denominational ambition. Now they can learn, grTheylop, and serve from the local Church.
Distance learning students continued unabated with a COVID-safe program that reached men and women from all walks of life, no matter how remote the student was. Teaching is available via email or online.
Students can shape their studies by tailoring the program to their needs rather than conforming to a fixed curriculum. There is no need for remote students to come together for lectures, seminars, or intensives. An extensive open-book exam does not require supervision.
Vision Colleges started as an unaccredited college. It was quickly recognized and recommended for ministry across the denominational divide. In 2001, the accredited study program “Christian Ministry and Theology” was added to meet a growing need for accredited qualifications. Vision Colleges is one of the few colleges to offer the full range of studies from Certificate III to Graduate Diploma.
Thanks to the Colleges’ relationship with Vision International University and the Texas University of Florida, Vision Colleges also offers degrees up to a doctorate in theology.
The heartbeat of Vision Colleges is its mission. In partnership with the Vision network, Vision Colleges reach more than 150 countries, including many developing countries in Africa, South America, the Pacific Islands, Asia, and Eastern Europe, and aandthe fully-funding countries of Australia, New Zealand, Tand he United States. , Canada, the UK, and others.
The rates are low, but this is not an indication of quality but reflects the heart of Vision Colleges to get The Whole Word to the whole world as effectively and economically as possible. Vision Colleges are more interested in helping people study and keeping them learning.