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.
Who We Are
Living University is a Christian institution of higher learning, founded at Charlotte, North Carolina on February 27, 2007, as a nonprofit, coeducational institution. The University's committment is to the development of the whole person through eucating 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.
Although the University is an online institution, it serves young adults by providing an on-campus program at Charlotte. This provides a safe place for our young adults and youth to study, grow and mature with others who share their values and standards. 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 baccalaurate degree). See Apply Now (For On-Campus Study) for more information.
The University provides a degree completion opportunity for former Ambssador College students (who attended at the Bricketwood, 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 site, 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.