Asbury Seminary Launches New Location in Colorado Springs
Asbury Theological Seminary announces the opening of its newest extension site in Colorado Springs, Colo., as part of the Asbury Seminary Global Initiative. Asbury Seminary has designed this new global-learning site to make its high-quality Seminary education more accessible to co-vocational students and post-traditional learners who want some face-to-face interaction with professors and students without needing to relocate.
The Colorado Springs site will allow students to take hybrid courses that are partly online, but also have one or two intense classroom sessions per semester in a more traditional classroom environment. Global Learning students are able to learn where they live and work, while receiving contextual education related to their personal and professional goals.
“We are committed to giving our future students the flexibility of an online Asbury Seminary education, coupled with in-person interaction without relocation,” Dr. Timothy C. Tennent, President of Asbury Seminary, said. “We are grateful for the launch of this new site and the opportunities it provides to make education more accessible to women and men who otherwise would not be able to pursue theological education.”
Hybrid classes begin in the fall of 2020 at the Colorado Springs site with two courses: “New Testament Introduction” taught by Dr. Ben Witherington III on Oct. 8-10 and “Christian Ethics” taught by Dr. James Thobaben on Oct. 22-24. Classes will meet online throughout the entire fall semester and in-person on the dates listed above. The Seminary will add to the number of courses it offers each semester, beginning in Spring 2021. Financial aid is still available for new students.
Students will be able to take courses in Colorado Springs that lead to various graduate degrees, including the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees in Ministry, Bible and Theology, Church Planting, and Spiritual Formation.
“While Asbury Seminary is somewhat new to Colorado, we’ve been educating men and women for different kinds of ministry service for nearly 100 years,” Kevin Bish, Vice President of Enrollment Management, said. “We currently serve students who are affiliated with more than 90 Christian denominations, and we have thousands of alumni serving in six continents and nearly every state.”
With the Fall launch of its Colorado Springs site, Asbury Seminary now has four extension sites in addition to its main campus in Wilmore, Ky. The Seminary has educational sites in Memphis, Tenn., Tulsa, Okla., and Orlando, Fla.—with the goal of making its hybrid courses more accessible to more students in more geographic regions throughout the U.S.
The Colorado Springs site is located in the World Prayer Center on New Life Church’s North Campus, 11025 Voyager Parkway, Colorado Springs. New Life is a multi-campus church that shares Asbury Seminary’s commitment to educating future pastors and ministry leaders to impact the world. New Life has congregations in various locations in and around Colorado Springs.
“Courses at our Colorado Springs educational site will primarily be taught by our full-time, world-renown faculty who are both known for their scholarly work and their personal care for students,” Mark Vermilion, Director of Global Learning, said. “In addition to a great seminary education, students will take part in a formational experience that includes pastoral care, spiritual mentoring, physical and emotional wellness, personal and professional development, and significant relationships with faculty, staff, and other students.
Asbury Seminary’s partnerships with New Life Church and other Colorado churches and ministry organizations will allow it to offer ministry opportunities to students as a part of their preparation. These partnerships will also give students opportunities to be mentored by those currently working in local, regional, national, and international ministries.
Throughout August, the Seminary is offering virtual visits every Thursday at 7 p.m. Mountain Time. During the visit, students can meet one-on-one with an Enrollment Advisor to learn about graduate programs, scholarships and financial aid, and the admissions process. Virtual visit participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions and gain personal guidance as they consider pursuing a graduate degree. Sign up at asbury.to/visitcoloradosprings or call 719.377.6585.