Rick Warren and Saddleback Church partner with Vanguard to educate church planters

Saddleback Church is partnering with Vanguard University to offer a Master of Theological Studies (MTS) through the Saddleback Leadership Academy. The new venture is designed to equip the next generation of church leaders. Saddleback Leadership Academy is a key element of Pastor Rick Warren’s 10-year vision to start culturally relevant churches in strategic cities around the world.

Students enrolled in the Saddleback Leadership Academy for a one-year internship may enroll in Vanguard University’s Graduate Religion Program and earn 18 of 48 units toward the MTS degree on site at Saddleback. They complete 30 units of theology on campus at Vanguard.

Vanguard Provost Jeff Hittenberger says: “Vanguard shares Saddleback’s Christ-centered vision. The MTS/Church Planting program offers students who have already earned their undergraduate degree a chance to prepare for ministry and earn their Master’s degree in just four semesters compressed into 15 months. A student starting the program in May 2012 can be finished by August 2013.”

The Saddleback Church Leadership Academy seeks to equip, empower, and encourage individuals to pursue their calling to church planting or ministry leadership. According to Dave Alford, Director of the Leadership Academy, “The partnership with Vanguard will allow us to offer future church ministry leaders thorough, practical training in an accelerated format. We’ll be able to get qualified leaders into ministry faster.”

For more information about Vanguard University, contact Kelly Kannwischer, Vice President for Advancement at 714-966-5451 or kelly.kannwischer@vanguard.edu. For more information about Vanguard University visit www.vanguard.edu. For more information about the Saddleback Leadership Academy visit http://www.saddleback.com/aboutsaddleback/leadershipacademy.

Campus Update November 2011

Fall is here and God continues to bless the Vanguard community.  November is truly a season of thanks and this semester we have much to be thankful for and good news to share.

I would like to invite everyone to join me in starting off your Christmas season with our annual Christmas Fantasia concert. We offer two performances, one at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on December 1 and another at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on December 2. Your spirit will soar as you watch Vanguard’s talented music department sing Christmas carols and get you in the Christmas spirit. For more information about the event and to order your tickets, please visit vanguard.edu/fantasia.

The Love the Lobby Dedication Celebration on October 20 was a huge success. The immense gratitude from students was so evident and the Vanguard community is so appreciative to the generous donors who made the refurbishing of the lobby possible. Students can now enjoy a new space to gather in community and create lasting Vanguard memories. For photos of the celebration please visit vanguard.edu/lovethelobby.

This November 12, Vanguard’s Veterans Resource Center will be honoring all veterans with dinner and a presentation by John Van Sky, PhD. Dr. Van Sky is a combat veteran and adjunct professor at Vanguard. He will be discussing the challenges veterans face when returning home from combat and the critical role of higher education in preparing the next generation for leadership beyond the battlefield. It is sure to be a great event that truly honors our veterans.  For more information regarding this event, please contact Brent Theobald at (714) 966-5447 or via email at brent.theobald@vanguard.edu

I want to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday; this season is a reminder of all the blessings God provides to each and every one of us.

God bless you and God bless Vanguard,

Dr. Carol Taylor
President