Who We Are
The Living Church of God has an international membership and ministry and the University provides online educational services to our brethren worldwide. Our programs serve through programs designed to equip students with a sound theological base for leadership, teaching, and ministry within a local church, particularly related to volunteer or bi-vocational service.
Living University is a Christian institution of higher learning, founded at Charlotte, North Carolina on February 27, 2007, as a nonprofit, coeducational institution. As a multipurpose theological institution its emphasis is upon programs in theology but the University also serves its students by providing coursework in general education and in selected arts and sciences and professional disciplines.
The University's commitment is to the development of the whole person through educating men and women in the concepts, skills, and values that lead to success in life, while helping them prepare for leadership and worthwhile service to God and humanity. At the University, the precept that "The Word of God Is the Foundation of Knowledge" forms the basis of our approach to learning, research, public service and student growth and development.
The University serves the Living Church of God in response to its growing need for university-educated personnel and to further edify its worldwide membership and their families. While our courses and degree, diploma and credential programs are open to the general public, our focus is on the higher educational needs of the Living Church of God. This includes over 350 congregations (about 159 in the USA and 192 internationally) on the order of 50 countries throughout the Americas, the Caribbean and the West Indies, the British Isles, Continental Europe, Africa, Australia and the Pacific Isles, and Asia. The University also serves scattered church members in over 25 countries.
The University has a Board of Regents, charged with setting the broad overall policy for the organization and operation of the institution, and a President, who serves as its chief executive and administrative officer. The University is incorporated as a non-profit corporation pursuant to the laws of the State of North Carolina and tax exempt under §501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code as an educational and religious institution. Contributions to Living University are tax deductible in the manner and to the extent provided by section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code. See Giving to LU.
To learn more about our institution we recommend you look at our Biennial Report for 2014. There we set forth our mission, vision for the University, our program, plans for the future, our finances and other basic information.
What We Are All About
At Living University we seek to provide an educational setting that furthers personality and character development by directing all aspects of student life toward a student's intellectual, physical, social, spiritual and emotional development. In all we do, we challenge each other to fulfill our motto, "Recapture True Values," by demonstrating Our Core Values of leadership, service, commitment, integrity, excellence, culture and creativity.
By means of online learning, the University offers its undergraduate degrees, diplomas, certificates, and courses to a variety of individuals according to their motivation and educational goals. This means of course delivery provides an accessible alternative for students needing to complete courses and programs of study not conforming to traditional fixed academic schedules. It also provides a means for the University to serve students on a global basis through the use of the Populi College Management System. Student response is by means of computer conferencing, electronic bulletin board, e-mail, fax and telephone. The University provides interaction with, and structured access to, faculty members. However, students must be comfortable working independently to complete their distance learning courses.
The University offers an Open Learning Program to make available theology and other coursework in a distance learning format to those not seeking completion of a credential (a certificate, diploma, or degree). Enrollments are accepted on a non-credit basis or audit for those who are not interested in academic credit but who are studying for personal satisfaction.
The University provides a degree completion opportunity for former Ambassador College students (who attended at the Brickett Wood, Big Sandy or Pasadena campus) focused on helping them finish their degrees. See Ambassador University Course Transfer Equivalencies.
Our courses and academic programs are open to the general public worldwide. The University admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the University. The University, however, in the tradition of Christian church-related colleges and universities, expects its students to reflect the character of the University in conduct, speech, and appearance, whether on or off campus, to their families, other students, the alumni, and the public. We expect students to conduct themselves in a prudent, responsible, and ethical manner as members of our University community. This means, as part of the admissions and registration process, students consent to act in good faith, to exhibit honesty, integrity, and exemplary conduct and voluntarily agree in writing to comply with the principles set forth in a written Enrollment Agreement.
Why We Have an On-Campus Program
Living University is an online institution providing a small on-campus program at Charlotte specifically designed for young adults. Some ask, why?
Is the University trying to develop something on the scale of the former Ambassador College with many different campuses and having a student body that is not training ministers? Or is it simply developing a ministerial training facility to train ministers and help with the Work of God? There is actually a third option, which distinguishes the Living University approach from that of Ambassador College.
For fifty years, Ambassador College served many purposes but it was strictly a "brick and mortar" approach ultimately becoming a single campus institution at Big Sandy, Texas, with about 800 resident students. Where Ambassador focused on educating young adults, we have chosen to serve all of God's people, worldwide. The demographics of the Church of God have changed dramatically in the past twenty-five years and new and improved technologies have enabled us to deliver courses and programs online.
The Internet enables us to reach the people of God in a way that could not be done by Ambassador College. Our programs reach out to high school students (through the Early College), to young adults (through on-campus and online opportunities to study), adults (our online courses and programs) and senior citizens (as online auditing students with a 100% tuition waiver). This approach is need-based. As needs change we envision modification of our approach, courses and program offerings to address these needs in a cost effective manner.
The University serves the Living Church of God (1) in response to its growing need for university-educated personnel in its field ministry as well as in meeting its need for employees in a variety of occupations, and (2) its worldwide membership and their families in ways that deepen their Biblical understanding and promote servant leadership, commitment, unity, and cohesion. Our on-campus program addresses both of these ends.
LU students learning of the history of the Living Church of God from Dr. Roderick C. Meredith, the founder of Living University and the Presiding Evangelist of the Living Church of God.
On-campus students are primarily young adults of traditional college age drawn from families associated with the Living Church of God. This on-campus opportunity provides a safe place for our young adults and youth to study, grow and mature with others who share their values and standards.
On-campus students take their courses online, but they also benefit from weekly, in-person discussion sections with most of their professors. They participate in a weekly faculty/student Assembly with different presenters. They take part in student extracurricular activities and field trips. They typically serve in student work-study positions within a department at the Living Church of God international headquarters. They get to know and serve with its leadership. And, they participate in the many and varied activities of the Charlotte, North Carolina congregation along with its 275+ attendees.
The on-campus study option offers an even richer learning environment and opportunity to recapture even more “true values” than the online experience. It also offers the privilege of being part of the headquarters experience. Due to governmental restrictions, at this time this option is only open to United States citizens and resident aliens.
Admission to on-campus study is selective and based upon evidence of intellectual promise, strong personal qualifications, good moral and ethical character, marked by a desire to be an effective servant leader. The University seeks applicants for on-campus study who are committed to completing a degree (an associate, baccalaureate, or second baccalaureate degree). See Apply Now (For On-Campus Study) for more information.
For the foreseeable future, we envision a small on-campus program in a unique facility that supports the work we do, such as faculty offices, a library, classrooms and the like. The University has to function under the oversight of the State of North Carolina for it has to be licensed or otherwise authorized to offer courses and programs. So we have to address in long-range planning how we would handle growth for the next twenty-five years. As the Church of God grows so the University would have to grow as well to effectively serve the Church.
Please take the time to look at the University's Biennial Report for 2016 for a greater overview. As a God-centered institution we look to Him to direct our steps in growing His University and helping to further educate His people. Your prayers are appreciated for our success and that God keeps His University on mission. You can always speak to the President of the University about your suggestions and concerns by calling him at (704) 708-2291 or emailing him at email@example.com.