Establish Your Identity in Christ
Our generation is constantly seeking to find their identity through positions, possessions, and people. It’s only when we discover that we are complete in Christ that we will experience true freedom and liberty. During the first year of SCSL, you will be given an opportunity to establish your identity in Christ by being taught biblical principles, truths and disciplines that can lead to a lasting relationship with God.
Process Your Past
We are products of our past but, that does not mean we have to be prisoners of it. SCSL will teach you how to process the past and lay a solid foundation upon which you can build a solid God focused future. God desires for you to use past experiences, both good and bad, for His glory in the present.
Develop the Character of Christ
It was once said, “We set young leaders up for a fall if we encourage them to envision what they can do, before they consider what kind of person they should be.” If your character doesn’t back the call of God upon your life, you may eventually fall. SCSL provides a loving, transparent environment in which you can develop the character of Christ for your own good and for God’s glory.
Learn Life and Leadership Skills
Regardless of your vocational desires, whether within the secular market or church, at SCSL you will receive foundational leadership and life training from over 15 marketplace professionals and Pastors. Each lesson is designed to help you succeed personally and professionally by teaching you practical skills that can be applied in the home, church, and marketplace.
Develop a Vision for Biblical Manhood or Womanhood
What does it mean to be a godly man or woman in today’s society? What are the true marks and characteristics of a man or woman? SCSL will provide answers to these questions. For nine months you will journey together with other brothers or sisters from across the nation to understand what it is to be true men and women of God.
Students accepted to the second or third year program of SCSL will further discover and sharpen their leadership skills and abilities. Each student is assigned portfolios based on individual skill sets and given the opportunity to lead in various venues throughout the year. Second year students will also have the opportunity to serve as a resident assistant and small group leader. These invaluable experiences along with leadership mentoring will equip them to lead effectively within the home, church and market place.
Students desiring to enter ministry will receive training and mentoring from many experienced veterans. Classroom instruction, combined with practical hands on application, makes this an invaluable experience and gives students entering ministry a distinct advantage. Within two to three years at SCSL, they will have over twenty-five pastors and market place professionals personally pouring into their life. Special emphasis is placed upon those who are interested in Children’s, youth, worship or missions. Upon completion of the third year, students may apply to become licensed and credentialed through the Assemblies of God.
District School of Ministry Courses & Berean Bible College Internship
SCSL has partnered with the South Carolina District School of Ministry (DSOM) to help students who feel called into ministry gain their credentials. Optional classes taken through DSOM enables students to pursue their ministerial credentials through the Assemblies of God church. An internship is required for each level’s completion; this internship is taken through the Berean School of the Bible and is completed at each student’s own pace. A perspective of various aspects of theological and practical ministry issues is provided.
New for the 2014-15 school year, SCSL students interested in gaining college credits may enroll in Global University (GU). Courses taken through GU are at the student’s discretion and are separate from SCSL with regards to tuition and grading. GU’s Undergraduate School of Bible and Theology offers programs designed for ministers, ministerial students, and laypersons who desire in-depth study in the area of biblical education at a college degree level.
GU courses require disciplined independent study. SCSL sets aside a two-hour block on Tuesday mornings for extra study time. A laptop and access to WiFi may be needed to complete GU assignments. Please see the GU website for the actual course dates and syllabi. Students are expected to follow GU’s guidelines and standards.
Biblical Studies classes are designed to train students to apply Biblical principles to their daily lives. Through this discipleship-based curriculum, students are impacted as they apply the truths taught. These classes will be applicable to every season of students’ lives—regardless of their occupation or calling.
The goal of scripture study is to teach students how to research and memorize scriptures and their relevance to life. We desire students to develop convictions and a lifestyle in accordance to the Word of God. It goes far beyond mere memorization. Our heart is not to test intellect, but give students the opportunity to memorize the Word of God for personal transformation.
We require each student to memorize 100 scriptures (4 per week) and complete an extensive study on each in order to receive an SCSL Diploma. Time is given each morning for prayer and study of scripture. Scripture tests are given weekly.
Life Lessons teach students key skills to live life successfully. These lessons are not only curriculum based, but also heart-driven as licensed ministers and market place professionals pour into students’ lives. The principles taught in life lessons will encompass the core values of SCSL.
Leadership Foundation classes are designed to introduce the next generation of leaders to fundamental skills that help them in the marketplace and church ministry. These classes teach the basics for becoming a leader in today's world.
Today’s Leader (2nd Year Class)
Today’s Leader is designed to mark the next generation of leaders by teaching relevant leadership skills, styles and principles. Lessons are structured to be applicable for both the marketplace and church ministry.
Ministry Pragmatics is an introduction of the call and preparation needed for effective ministry to this generation. Classes will include an overview of contemporary trends, topics and philosophies useful in reaching today’s culture.
During UpClose mentoring sessions Pastor Stephen Chitty or one of his associate pastors shares from his years of wisdom and addresses topics relevant to life’s journey and ministry. It is the heart of Pastor Stephen to sow into the next generation in hopes that they learn from history and build upon the successes and failures of those who have gone before them. Through prepared lessons and open forum sessions students glean valuable insights, which will impact the course of their lives.
2221 Bush River Rd, Columbia, SC 29210
Student housing is conveniently located within walking distance of the campus at a local apartment community, Woodland Village. The 1,200 square foot layout of each apartment has two or three bedrooms, kitchen, living room, dining area, and laundry room. These open housing units provide a desirable living and learning environment for our students.
The church family at Christian Life has helped to adequately furnish each apartment with a dinette set, full living room seating, washer and dryer, and bedroom furniture; some other donated furnishings include microwaves, TVs, DVD players, kitchen appliances and eatery, and more. The apartment community also offers many accessible amenities such as a fitness center, two pools, grilling patio area, and tennis courts. The cost of housing is included in yearly tuition.
SCSL does not offer “home-opener” housing with local church members. As a family, the students grow together at home by living together, apart from simply being students in the same program. This is an important part of what makes SCSL truly family. Each apartment family consists of one or two Resident Assistants (RA), served by a second year student, with the remaining spots in the apartment filled by first year students.
+ $650 events
$7,350 Total SCSL Tuition**
** The tuition cost above reflects the estimated costs for the 2016-17 school year. Tuition total is $7,350 for students choosing to take only SCSL classes and does not include the District School of Ministry/Berean Bible College or Global University courses. This is subject to change pending any tuition increases.
a. $25.00 Application Fee due upon receipt of application (not included in tuition).
Note: Application will not be processed until fee is received.
b. $500.00 Non-Refundable Deposit to reserve spot; due upon acceptance.
c. $1,000.00 Enrollment Fee for academic fees, books, materials, and housing; due upon arrival.
DSOM/Berean Bible College or Global University Fees vary and are dependent on what each student wants to do. The District School of Minisry (DSOM) courses allow students to pursue their Assembly of God Credentials (Levels I or II). Global University (GU) classes allow students to gain college credits while at SCSL. Some GU courses also help students qualify for Assembly of God credentials. Depending upon the path a student selects, the classes can range in price from $99-131 per course, not including curriculum. DSOM and GU have different payment options which are selected when students register for their classes. SCSL's Academic Director will assist students with this process during Orientation Week. NOTE: The DSOM/Berean and GU fees are not included in SCSL's tuition or payment breakdowns listed below
$300.00 Mission Deposit toward student's mission account (not included in tuition); due upon arrival.
d. Remaining Tuition—pick one of the following payment plans:
Every student is required to go on at least one mission trip during the school year. This is not an inclusive cost with tuition, and every student will have to raise his/her funds for the trip. To help assist in meeting the payment schedule for missions trips, each student is required to pay a $300.00 deposit for their trip upon arrival at SCSL. Opportunities to raise funds are provided by SCSL’s fundraising efforts, however students may need to seek additional funds.
Food and living expenses are not included in the cost of tuition; each student is responsible for their own means of living. SCSL offers several scheduled times throughout the week for every student to work a part-time job to assist in living expenses.
SCSL students are strongly encouraged to have a car during the program. Students with vehicles are not obligated to provide transportation for students without vehicles. However, if transportation is provided, students receiving transportation are to be respectful by contributing adequate funds toward gas expenses.
Because SCSL is not a full-time accredited educational institution such as most colleges or universities, many student loans cannot be applied toward tuition. However, some students have found it successful to pursue unsecured personal loans and direct-to-student loans through private means. Banks often require the borrower to have an account with the lending institution; applying through your current bank may be most successful. Students without an established credit history will likely be required to provide a cosigner. In the past, some students have been able to obtain loans that result in a monthly cost of as little as $150; utilizing part time jobs, support letters, and other means of fundraising may additionally reduce the cost per month when using a loan to pay for your tuition.
SCSL will accept any scholarship that a student obtains which can be awarded and applied toward a non-accredited school. Because SCSL is not a full-time educational institution, many scholarships are not applicable. Private scholarships and donations are also accepted from individuals seeking to sponsor students.
CYMBROGI, an ancient Celtic word meaning brothers or companions of the heart, best describes the chemistry of the SCSL men’s and women’s discipleship programs. It’s all about family, openness, honesty, and integrity in relationships. It’s more than acquaintances. It’s about covenant companions, life-long friends, brothers and sisters in arms.