Vanguard’s mission is to equip each student for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service. Vanguard’s mission supports the local church’s mandate to make disciples of all nations. Together, Vanguard University and the Southern California District of the Assemblies of God seek to fulfill the Great Commission as we prepare the next generation of leaders for Christ and his kingdom.

Vanguard-SoCal District Church Internship Initiative

Following the leadership and vision of Rich Guerra, Vanguard is working to expand its internship program connecting Vanguard students with SoCal churches to partner in ministry. The Spring of 2014 launched the first group of interns to So Cal Network churches.  We are thrilled to have over 100 students participate in this inaugural group!

Vanguard – SoCal Network Connections

Vanguard is excited to connect with our SoCal leaders and pastors to lead chapel and share the work of the Spirit in SoCal churches. Each semester, SoCal leaders  will be speaking in chapel which is facilitated by our Dean of Spiritual Formation, Jonathan Allbaugh.  Chapel services are open to guests and you are welcome to attend.

Joint Master of Theological Studies Degree Program

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.  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.

Global Center for Women & Justice

The Global Center for Women & Justice at Vanguard University is a faith-based organization that exists to advance the global status of women through research, education, advocacy, collaboration and hope.  The Global Center for Women & Justice promotes gender reconciliation and the inherent dignity of all persons.

Lewis Wilson Institute for Pentecostal Studies

The Lewis Wilson Institute for Pentecostal Studies seeks to encourage and support the study of the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements. It does so by serving as a conference and research center for scholars, church leaders, students and others interested in probing the historical significance and contemporary global role of Pentecostalism and the Charismatic movements.

Vanguard’s annual Pentecostal Leaders Series invites a major leader of the global Pentecostal movement to share the life of the Spirit with Vanguard students, faculty, and staff as well as SoCal pastors and leaders.

Youth Convention, Network Conference, and Fine Arts

Each year, Vanguard University is present at these events to connect with alumni, promote the university to potential students, and to foster the Vanguard community. Visit our booth to connect and learn more about the happenings at Vanguard.

Church Scholarship Program

Support a student directly by donating to Vanguard University through the church scholarship program.  Dedicated to supporting Assemblies of God students who attend Vanguard, this is a great way to encourage students to choose Vanguard! To learn more, contact Dave Gable.

Dresselhaus Endowed Chair of Preaching

Spirit-empowered preaching changes lives! In honor of Dick Dresselhaus, Vanguard is raising funds to endow a faculty position dedicated to training preachers. $250,000 has been donated toward the $2 million goal. This is an excellent opportunity to support Vanguard and the church. To learn more, contact Dave Gable.

Beyond VU

“Serving Churches, Connecting Scholars.”
As a pastor, ministry leader, or volunteer in the church, a lot is asked of you. We at Vanguard University want to give something back to you, to help. That is where this monthly newsletter comes in! Beyond VU is a fresh note of counsel and an update from the scholars at Vanguard University. You’ll find it in you inbox at the start of each month. We want it to be quick, easy-to-apply word of inspiration to fit today’s church. May God continue to bless you throughout you week! Want to Subscribe to Beyond VU? Please visit: