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					Principles, Preachers, and Christian Distance Education
Christian Distance education is no longer only an occasional
correspondence course related to a specific subject or book of the Bible.
Today, accredited Christian school and colleges offer degree programs.
Christian distance education can meet the requirements for high school
graduates, ministers, and laymen wanting a Christian-based degree in
psychology or counseling.
Many home schooling parents choose Christian distance education as an
alternative to public schooling. The curriculum is based upon Christian
principles and beliefs. The Bible is the foundation for all subjects.
Secular theories and ideologies are not presented as truth. In addition
to the benefits of avoiding the influences of drugs, alcohol, and crime,
the laws governing the separation of church and state do not restrict
Christian distance education students. For example, prayer is allowed.
Students acquire a high school diploma, while simultaneously
strengthening religious and moral beliefs.
Beyond the high school diploma, Christian distance education affords
individuals the opportunity to study for the ministry. Students may
aspire to become a full-time pulpit minister or a youth minister.
Contrary to popular belief, speaking on Sunday is only a small portion of
ministry, and education is necessary. Ministers counsel, teach, comfort,
and physically labor for the various needs of a congregation. In
addition, youth ministers answer to the unique needs of today’s youth.
Many youngsters come from broken homes. With drugs and alcohol so
prevalent in today’s society, home may no longer be a child’s safe haven
from the world’s troubles. Youth ministers may fill the roles of a
parent, friend, counselor, teacher, and confidante. Again, youth rallies
and fun activities are only a small portion of a youth minister’s job.
Christian distance education may enable an individual to enter the
ministry and benefit the community, without uprooting a family, or losing
a means of support.
Laymen may also seek distance education, thus benefiting the community
through Christian psychology and counseling. Many people are more
comfortable seeking help, if the counselor or psychologist shares a
foundation in Christian principles and ideals. Also, Christian counselors
and psychologists want to practice according to personal moral and
religious beliefs and not by worldly standards. Therefore, Christian
distance education answers the needs of both patients and doctors.
In summary, in answer to the growing problem of violence, drugs, and
alcohol in the public schools, parents are opting to enroll children in
Christian distance education. Many graduates may also seek a post-
secondary education in the ministry or Christian-based careers in
psychology or counseling. Whether a student signs up for a correspondence
course in a particular subject, or a degree program, accredited Christian
distance learning is now a reality.
Dana Stephens is a freelance writer for several online publications and
websites. For more information on distance learning programs please visit
http://www.eLearningTips.com today.

				
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