Our motivation? We want to offer our upper level students the choice between a college level degree, pastoral accreditation, or BOTH. With the social, academic, and economic climate constantly changing in today’s world, we want to keep pace with doing our post-high school instruction in the most progressive and exceptional manner possible.
So if you are a prospective student looking for a Master’s Commission program, congratulations! You just found one…AND MORE. If you are an alumni of Master’s Commission Atlanta, or one of our esteemed Cadre participants just wondering about the change, have no fear. Our extraordinary program is still the one you have come to love and trust. We just might bring a big smile to your face, though. We’re still trying, with every passing year, to GET A LITTLE BETTER.
Atlanta Leadership College is committed to helping you create a successful future for yourself. We believe that in order to do life well, you need time for personal inventory, discovery and in-depth discipleship. We give you a strategic 9-month pathway for character building, leadership enhancement, and a focused pursuit after Jesus Christ. By achieving a better understanding of who you are and what God wants you to do, you will then move into your future not only excitedly prepared, but also internally equipped.
That is why the structure of ALC is different. During your 1st year, though academics are a significant focus, you do not immerse yourself in classroom instruction only. Instead, opportunities are also created for you to experience internal growth that will impact your entire life. We’ll help you fine-tune your lifetime “who” (your dreams, your character, and your giftings) before you focus totally on preparing for your lifetime vocation. Statistics tell us that the majority of college and university students do not even USE their stated “major” after graduation. Why? We think it’s because they waste valuable time and money pursuing a degree before first pursuing character and spiritual depth.
Many great individuals move on after completing this first life-changing, transformational 9 months with us. They attend colleges with other degree options that more perfectly align with their career goals. But if you elect to complete a second year with us, we immerse you in concentrated leadership development, both through classroom experience and through a heavy degree of hands-on-training. The leadership skills you learn will significantly position you for success in any vocation you choose to pursue for the rest of your life. During this second year, you will also take college courses through West Coast Bible College towards your Associate or Bachelor Degree.
If your dream is to do some form of full-time ministry, Atlanta Leadership College offers a third and deeply focused year of ministry training and internship. A student’s 3rd year with us is tailor-made to allow each student extensive training and experience in the specific area of ministry to which they are drawn. Some of our nation’s finest Christian leaders help to coach and mentor our students at this level. Then our students scatter all over the globe to various venues of highly successful full-time ministry. A select few individuals from our student body return for a 4th year as part of our ALC Support Staff. They experience an “inside look” at one of our nation’s premiere leadership teams. Upon completion of this exclusive 4th year, our Executive Director, Jeanne Mayo, makes a promise of personal placement in the ministry career field of their choosing.
So allow us to summarize: A student’s first and second years here at ALC teach character and discipleship principles that are applicable and invaluable to any career path you may choose in life. However, a third and fourth year here at ALC are most beneficial for individuals who desire to enter full-time vocational ministry.
Yes, we know our approach is different. We know that most schools want everyone to attend for 4 years at their institution and walk out with a degree with their logo on it. But here at Atlanta Leadership College, we understand that after a certain level, we may not be the best choice for everyone. We hope this level of honesty communicates something really important to you. We are in this for YOU, one individual at a time. And when we say we want to help you create your most successful, Christ-honoring future for yourself, we really mean it.
So give us a call. We would love to discuss Atlanta Leadership College and how it could help shape a life-changing path for the rest of your life. You’ll probably look back at this decision one day and realize that it was one of the greatest moves you ever made!
We believe a season at Atlanta Leadership College can give you three specific things to help you have a successful future: character, leadership and personal development.
CHARACTER: We help fashion our students’ character by helping them model themselves after Jesus Christ. We want your first year at ALC to be one of the most Christ-centered years of your life. AT NO OTHER TIME IN YOUR ENTIRE LIFETIME WILL YOU STOP AND TOTALLY FOCUS ON YOUR OWN HIGHLY PERSONAL PURSUIT OF JESUS CHRIST AND WHAT HE WANTS FOR YOUR FUTURE. Wow! Talk about a game-changer for your entire adulthood! We believe that this focus will set your entire adult lifetime on a path of fulfillment and true success. Sure, we will offer certain academic offerings during this year as well. But we want to set you up for your LIFETIME, not just your career.
LEADERSHIP: When it comes to leadership training, we have some of the best in the business. Learn leadership essentials from Jeanne Mayo, internationally known speaker, author, and president of Youth Leader’s Coach and The Cadre. Jeanne is known for her 44+ years of ministry experience and leadership development. She is flown around the nation, and the world, to teach leadership practices that you will experience on a first-hand basis. The team here at Atlanta Leadership College has been trained and mentored under Jeanne’s direction for over a decade. So we believe that our faculty and team at ALC is a pretty rare, rare find, especially when it comes to imparting leadership principles that will influence every aspect of your life.
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT: Don’t you want to do more with your life than just “exist” and collect a paycheck? Sure you do. That is why we want to help you figure out your strengths, aptitudes, and passions. At ALC, you will experience a whole world of possibilities. You’ll be up close to life-changing leaders, opportunities and experiences. Tapping into these resources can open up possibilities for your future that you never even thought of before. Every aspect of your life will be touched — from how you interact with people of different cultures…to how you spend your time on the weekends…to how you battle personal weaknesses and shortcomings…to what drives your internal dreams and passions. You will be challenged, stretched, and motivated by peers, leaders, and instructors. You will walk away with a few Christian friends who will actually be close to you for the rest of your life.
And along the journey, you will have the opportunity at the 2nd and 3rd year level to pursue one of six different ministry degree options we have available, both at the associate and bachelor levels.
So why Atlanta Leadership College? Because YOU are worth it. William James really had it right: “The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will OUTLAST it.” So join us at ALC on the amazing journey of creating a LIFETIME of destiny, purpose and meaning. The possibilities are both endless and exciting!
Now I know what you may be thinking: “Why am I reading about a ‘gap year’ on a college website?” And here’s our great answer: Atlanta Leadership College is built for you to experience the best of BOTH worlds, if you desire. Remember that you can pursue an associate or bachelor ministerial degree with us. But what other Christian college has also created a pathway for your maximum development in ALL areas of life, not just academically?
Let us give you one other mind-blowing fact. Research shows that most college students change their major 3 times before they finally graduate! That is a lot of time and a lot of money that goes down the drain. So even if you only join us for the first, transformational year, it could be one of the wisest decisions of your entire lifetime.
Intrigued? Take a look at these articles from some highly reputable publications about the benefits of a “gap year.” We think it’s a long-term investment into experiencing the most prepared, Christ-honoring future possible.
During the second year at ALC, students are immersed in one of the most challenging leadership programs available in the contemporary Christian community today. Once again, classroom teaching is coupled with hands-on-experience on almost a daily basis. Seasoned Christian leaders help to coach students personally as they are defining their own relational and leadership style.
At the second and third year level, students will be enrolled in West Coast Bible College & Seminary. At this point, a student will choose to pursue either an associate degree in general ministries or a bachelor degree in one of six different ministerial focuses. Students who are desirous of entering full-time vocational ministry of some sort may also obtain their ministerial credentialing and licensing. We encourage you to download of copy of our Academic Guide to learn more specifically about our degree options and accreditations.
The West Coast courses are taught by credentialed West Coast instructors via online lecture and are facilitated by our ALC and Victory Church staff personnel. These courses challenge students and prepare them intellectually in addition to the exceptional ministry preparation they’re already receiving. Students enrolled in the Associate degree program will receive their degree at the conclusion of their third year. Students who choose to pursue their Bachelor’s Degree will focus on one of the six degree options listed below. Completion of the individual BA programs will be facilitated by our staff. Conscientious students may easily obtain their BA by the conclusion of a 4th year of study.
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“Nearly 25 years ago, God inspired us to plant and launch Victory World Church. Through that time we have been deeply impassioned with investing into the next generation. We, along with our entire team, are committed to standing with our very own Atlanta Leadership College as together we launch young people into their future. Strongly consider being a part of ALC. This dynamic experience will help identify and cultivate the unique gifting of each student and set them on the road to both success and significance.”
Dennis & Colleen Rouse
Senior Pastors, Victory World Church
“With over a decade of youth and young adult ministry experience, I’ve had the privilege of traveling the nation and partnering with churches, religious organizations and various ministries like Atlanta Leadership College. However, I HAVE NEVER experienced the energy, the passion for Christ, the commitment to community, the level of spiritual maturity and the Christ-like zeal to serve others as I HAVE WITNESSED first hand with Atlanta Leadership College. The caliber of leaders that come out of ALC, year after year, are absolutely SECOND TO NONE.”
Youth Pastor, Christ Fellowship
“It will be everything you have ever needed but have never been able to verbalize to God that you wanted.”
“Atlanta Leadership College was exactly what I needed, in the most influential time in my life, to help set a solid foundation for my relationship with Jesus Christ. Without ALC I’d still be an apathetic Christian living without passion or purpose.”
ALC Alumni, Youth Pastor, Waco, Texas
“I love sending students to Atlanta Leadership College. They come back more confident in their callings, direction and roles in life and the church. ALC takes students and produces healthy, vibrant leaders.”
Youth Pastor, Halifax, Nova Scotia
“Wow! How do you put some of the most formidable years of your life into a few sentences? I can’t even imagine where I would be without my time at Atlanta Leadership College.”
ALC Alumni, Campus Pastor, Springfield, Missouri
“Atlanta Leadership College not only prepares students for ministry, it prepares them for the real world. We see time and time again Oklahoma young people who enter ALC and come out focused on their calling and equipped with the work ethic they need to change their world for Jesus.”
Oklahoma District Youth Director
During “Life Lessons,” we discuss everything from cultivating Biblical friendships to fanning your own personal self-discipline. Students also explore topics ranging from best practices financially to pragmatic, Biblical ways to determine the Lord’s guidance for your life. This life-shaping class is meant to reintroduce you to yourself, in the context of what God’s Word says about how we should live our lives now, and in the future. It will touch every area of your personal and social life, giving you time-honored wisdom on how to be successful, no matter where you may choose to go later in life.
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Our ALC ministry interns also get to travel and visit a variety of ministries in the nation. You will experience both larger and smaller churches, to expand your scope of what real ministry is like. Elevation Church, New Spring, Oasis and 12Stone Church are just some of the places that you will attend and study during your time with us in Ministry Headquarters.
Since our third year ALC internship is ministry focused, students at this level will choose from six different areas of ministry focus to specialize in:
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Maybe you’ve never been on a mission’s trip before. That’s OK. We will work with you step by step throughout the entire process. From choosing the trip that best suits you to helping come up with the ideas on how to raise the funds, we’ll be there to coach you every step of the way. We believe that serving people across the country and the world not only impacts the people you are reaching out to, but also indelibly impacts the person himself who is participating in the trip. That’s why missions trips are another vital and life-changing part of the ALC experience.
Ever wanted to be in the middle of an exciting youth revolution? This is exactly what the Lord is creating at the Youth and Young Adult ministries of Victory World Church. Jeanne Mayo, Youth and Young Adult Ministries Director, has led youth ministries that moved from as few as 15 students to as many as 1,000 students every week.
So whether you want to impact today’s youth culture through public education, youth ministry, or para-church organizations, ALC affords you a youth training opportunity that would be difficult to equal. In the span of only nine months you will not only see the youth and young adult ministries grow numerically, but you will also see how ministries can deepen and grow in a passionate pursuit after Jesus Christ. Youth ministry opportunities will include small group leadership, discipleship, creative arts, worship, and much more.
To learn more about the respected youth leadership coaching that Jeanne Mayo does, check out YouthLeadersCoach.com. How awesome to have the “coach” on our very own team!
Students receive classroom instruction during our Worship Development Lab. Principles are transferred to reality through a multitude of worship teams that serve throughout the year, including our own ALC worship teams who lead worship every week during our unforgettable chapel times together.
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If you desire to enter full-time vocational ministry in any of these areas, Atlanta Leadership College has the experts and experience to give you the best training out there. Take your learning out of the classroom and get your hands dirty. Putting into practice lessons you have learned from multiple years of training from some of ministries top leaders, while receiving your degree as well.
Contact us to talk to a current student, or someone who has been though the program before, to get a better picture of student life activity among us. Just believe us when we say that “brotherhood” and “sisterhood” will come to be significant terms in your vocabulary after your time with us. You’ll take retreats together, eat dinners together, throw impromptu parties together and come away with some of the most significant friendships of your lifetime.
You will have more than enough space to kick back and unwind or have friends over to hang out. If you want a workout, grab one in the apartment gym with its great training equipment or go for a quick swim in the apartment pool. The key-card activated gate at the entrance of the community as well as the in-unit alarm systems enhance our 24/7 sense of security.
Believe us when we say, “These are not your typical college dormitories!” We provide 1200-1500 square foot homes with 10-foot ceilings, all new appliances, crown molding, walk-in closets, and a washer and dryer in every unit! Not exactly what most of your college friends will be experiencing.
Atlanta is a city of 5 million people and there is always something, some place, or some person to check out or connect with. Whether relaxing at your amazing apartment, hanging out in downtown Atlanta with your friends or climbing Stone Mountain, you always have something to do. When it comes to having a good time, we DO IT BIG in Atlanta. It’s known as one of the trendiest, most progressive and multi-cultural cities in our nation. What a great place to go to school!
Do you like basketball? Shopping? Art? Hiking? Parks? Museums? Food? Fun? Movies? Pro sporting events? Concerts? Theatre? Did we say shopping? Then let us tell you again that Atlanta is the city for you. When your class times are over and the day is done, there is more than enough to do. Atlanta has what you’re looking for to make memories for a lifetime. Listed below are just a few of the attractions that our fun city has to offer:
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Victory’s four pillars of purpose include Building Families, Transforming Communities, Reconciling Cultures and Impacting Nations. The church DNA is anchored in communicating the uncompromised Word of God and hinges on Mark 12:30-31, ”…and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength…and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” ALC considers itself both enriched and blessed to be a part of such a thriving and pace-setting church family.