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There is a place for you here at Ascent College! We get it. So many of our students (and faculty!) are juggling complex ...
01/10/2024

There is a place for you here at Ascent College! We get it. So many of our students (and faculty!) are juggling complex lives - raising families, full-time employment, serving in the local church - We are right there with you. Our programs and our pace are designed to come alongside a busy life, with dedicated administrative and teaching staff cheering you on every step of the way. You can do this!

Join us in prayer with the Potomac Ministry Network right now!    🙌Awakening & 2024 Vision    💥Holy Spirit Renewal    🤝U...
01/09/2024

Join us in prayer with the Potomac Ministry Network right now!

🙌Awakening & 2024 Vision
💥Holy Spirit Renewal
🤝Unity
🌍World Unrest
📖College Campuses
✈️Global Missions
🔄Church Multiplication
👥Next Generation
✏️Continued Education

We’re on-site and in person at Christ Chapel Church 10 am - 2 pm. Livestream also available for those who can’t be there! Come and go as you are able.

We will be there! Will you? 👇🙏💪🌱💥
01/08/2024

We will be there! Will you? 👇🙏💪🌱💥

Another fantastic   First Wednesdays roundtable conversation among our Ascent College faculty, who all actively serve in...
01/04/2024

Another fantastic First Wednesdays roundtable conversation among our Ascent College faculty, who all actively serve in ministry right now! THEY. GET. IT. Watch the here as Dr. Jesse Joyner, Professor Yancy Wideman Richmond, and Professor Mark Freeman explore the ins and outs of hosting events for children’s and youth ministries.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ud9MTqpAMBE

Welcome to First Wednesdays at Ascent College. Today, our roundtable discussion is about EVENTS for Children's, Youth, and Family Ministries. How do we go ab...

CALLING ALL CHILDREN AND YOUTH MINISTRY PASTORS, STAFF, VOLUNTEERS, AND EDUCATORS! Inquiring minds want to know. Why do ...
01/03/2024

CALLING ALL CHILDREN AND YOUTH MINISTRY PASTORS, STAFF, VOLUNTEERS, AND EDUCATORS! Inquiring minds want to know. Why do we host children and youth ministry events in the first place? What kinds of events are there, and what principles should we keep in mind when planning events? Does the Bible say anything about events? Do you have a funny event story to share?

Dr. Jesse Joyner is gathering on Zoom TODAY at 12 Noon Eastern Time to connect, share, pray, and grow, and YOU are invited! Check your email for the Zoom link to join First Wednesdays. Come as you are! Bring your lunch! As the 2024 events calendar looms, let’s remember we’re all in this together.

It’s back to school time! Spring A term begins TOMORROW! Grab your books, check your logins, shake off the holiday haze,...
01/02/2024

It’s back to school time! Spring A term begins TOMORROW! Grab your books, check your logins, shake off the holiday haze, and let’s get ready to dig back into all God has for you here at Ascent College. It’s go time!

The Fall B term is officially over. That means it is time for us all - students, faculty, and staff - to prayerfully shi...
12/13/2023

The Fall B term is officially over. That means it is time for us all - students, faculty, and staff - to prayerfully shift into a season of family, worship, and restful contemplation as we celebrate Christmas as the body of Christ. It will be a “silent night” here on social media as we pause and reflect on all God has done and continues to do in and through our Ascent College family. We’ll see you in the New Year!

12/12/2023

How do you invite your family to actively cherish and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas? Listen to three Ascent College faculty members share their family traditions, church activities, real-life experiences, and creative ideas for keeping Jesus front and center as the reason for the season.

(Wondering when these awesome conversations take place? Join in on First Wednesdays on Zoom with Dr. Joyner! Practical, real-life exploration and application for children and family ministry leaders - a resource in your toolbox!)

12/12/2023

Last day of the term! Who is here right now? We see you! Writing those papers, knocking out those last few reading assignments, posting on discussion boards. You can do this! Finish strong. God is with you!

The Spring A booklist has been published! Check out this lineup. So many amazing reads! https://ascent.edu/wp-content/up...
12/08/2023

The Spring A booklist has been published! Check out this lineup. So many amazing reads!

https://ascent.edu/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/Spring-A-2024-Ascent-College-Booklist.pdf

Not registered for Spring courses yet? It’s not too late! Reach out to your academic advisor today. Considering joining Ascent College as a new student? We’d LOVE to have you! Reach out to our Director of Admissions, Amy Piehl, at [email protected] right now.

What. A. Year. God is good. Yes, and amen! Hear straight from our Ascent College President, Dr. Rob Rhoden, as he candid...
12/07/2023

What. A. Year. God is good. Yes, and amen! Hear straight from our Ascent College President, Dr. Rob Rhoden, as he candidly shares all God has done in and through our students, faculty, and staff this year. We thank Him for His everpresent faithfulness and provision and thank YOU for your generosity and willingness to come alongside His efforts to sow into the harvest of ministry leaders going forth on mission for Christ as a result of their learning at Ascent College.

On the blog: https://ascent.edu/year-in-review-2023-look-what-the-lord-has-done/

As you pray over your year-end giving, we thank you for your continued support as we build our Annual Scholarship Fund to send off graduates with as little student debt as possible as they step out into their callings. Invest in the mission of a student today: https://ascent.edu/donate/

Prefer to mail a check? We’ve got you covered:

Ascent College
Attn: Ms. Sonji Thee
P.O. Box 690
Gainesville, VA 20156-0690

Include “Annual Scholarship Fund” in the check memo line.

12/06/2023

Calling all children and family ministry leaders and volunteers! First Wednesday starts in 10 minutes! Grab your hot chocolate and Christmas cookies, and hop on with like-minded folks to explore and share practical ideas with one another on how to make Christmas a special and meaningful celebration for the children and youth at our churches.

Check your email or the : Ascent College Facebook group for the Zoom link, or leave a comment below, and we’ll message you.

12/05/2023

Mark your calendars for the January 9th Network Day of Prayer! Let us go before the Lord together in prayer.

First Wednesday with Dr. Joyner is TOMORROW! Set your alarm. Mark your calendar. Engage back up. Whatever it takes to re...
12/05/2023

First Wednesday with Dr. Joyner is TOMORROW! Set your alarm. Mark your calendar. Engage back up. Whatever it takes to remind you to hop on Zoom at 12 p.m. noon tomorrow - Wednesday, December 6 - to connect with other children’s, youth, and family ministry leaders to share, learn, pray, and grow together as God continues to entrust you with the care of His people. We’ll see you there!

Check your email or the : Ascent College Facebook group for the Zoom link.

What a great   visit we had with our friends and family in Christ at River of Life Community Church in Richmond, VA, thi...
12/04/2023

What a great visit we had with our friends and family in Christ at River of Life Community Church in Richmond, VA, this Sunday! Thank you for hosting us, Pastor Peyton! It was a joy to worship with you, and we look forward to all God will do in and through those in your church community He entrusts to our care here at Ascent College.

11/29/2023

What in the world is Contextualized Theology anyway?! Registration for next semester is well underway. Hear from Ascent College faculty member Dr. Todd Korpi as he shares more about our newest course offering. This is a class equipping and empowering ministry leaders from all walks of life to more effectively share the Gospel in a way that resonates on a global scale in any cross-cultural setting. Register today! Class begins on January 3rd.

We need your help! Bridge the gap for ministry leaders studying at Ascent College with your     end-of-year gift to our ...
11/28/2023

We need your help! Bridge the gap for ministry leaders studying at Ascent College with your end-of-year gift to our Annual Scholarship Fund. We can’t do this without you! By God’s grace, Ascent College awarded $376,190 in scholarships this past year, ensuring those on mission for Christ did not graduate from their academic programs and begin or continue their ministry service with overwhelming debt.

$500 fuels our Annual Scholarship Fund for one class for one student. Will you prayerfully consider God’s call to sow into those He is equipping and empowering for mighty Kingdom impact?

Donate today and for a Spirit-filled ministry leader: https://ascent.edu/donate/

We’ve got 20 of these travel tumblers to GIVE AWAY to the first 20 people to donate $75 or more to the Ascent College An...
11/28/2023

We’ve got 20 of these travel tumblers to GIVE AWAY to the first 20 people to donate $75 or more to the Ascent College Annual Scholarship Fund today! In honor of , we hope you’ll join us in building a robust scholarship fund that ensures money will never be the roadblock that keeps any emerging ministry leader from stepping into the higher education that will equip and empower their Kingdom calling.

Be one of the first 20 to donate here - https://ascent.edu/donate/ - and we’ll be in touch to ship your Ascent College travel tumbler!

Tomorrow is  ! Will you prayerfully consider sowing into God’s harvest of emerging ministry leaders? Your year-end gift ...
11/27/2023

Tomorrow is ! Will you prayerfully consider sowing into God’s harvest of emerging ministry leaders? Your year-end gift to our Annual Scholarship Fund helps our students bridge the financial gap as they pursue higher learning on their path to God’s call on their lives.

Ascent College is committed to equipping and empowering leaders to pursue their academic studies without burdening them with debt as they head into ministry. With your support, students receive the mentorship and education they need to effectively lead others to Christ.

Help a student ascend: https://ascent.edu/donate/

The first 20 individuals to donate $75 or more tomorrow will receive an Ascent College travel tumbler!

11/23/2023

Therefore, since we are receiving a Kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.
(Hebrews 12:28, NIV)

Happy Thanksgiving, Ascent College family and friends!

11/22/2023

Wow. What a year! Praise God! He has moved mountains, opened doors, made ways where there seemed to be no way, calmed stormy seas, prompted inexplicable generosity, and mapped divine encounters on a global scale that have ignited those called into ministry to reach new heights in their unquenchable passion for His Kingdom. We are thankful to our students, staff, faculty, partner sites...the list goes on and on. We are grateful to those who have sown into Ascent College, believing God is reaping a harvest for His glory through the work we are blessed to do here each and every day. We thank YOU.

11/21/2023

Remember these amazing travel tumblers you all wanted to get your hands on? 👀 🙌 Your chance is coming!! Keep your eyes peeled for a special opportunity where you can help fund scholarships for Ascent College students and maybe…just maybe…have a perfect little Christmas gift of awesomeness hit your doorstep just in time for hot cocoa season! 🎁☕ See you next week on Tuesday, November 28th! Right here, we’ll share the deets. 🗓️ ⬇️

Yes, and amen!
11/17/2023

Yes, and amen!

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭3‬:‭17‬ ‭NIV‬‬

There’s a new podcast in the mix! 🎙️ This is your   notice. 👂 We are so excited about this! ⬇️ Dr. Jesse Joyner, Ascent ...
11/16/2023

There’s a new podcast in the mix! 🎙️ This is your notice. 👂 We are so excited about this! ⬇️ Dr. Jesse Joyner, Ascent College’s Dean of Family Ministries Leadership, launched Holy Fools and the Soul of Craftwork earlier this month. Check it out -

Join Ph.D. and professional juggler Jesse Joyner and Ph.D. and minister Stephen Grosz as they interview people in diverse crafts and trades (from beekeepers 🐝 to songwriters 🎶 to sword swallowers ⚔️). Through a discussion of relevant learning research and Scripture, the Holy Fools consider how integrating one’s faith and work as a craft might serve to feed and form the soul.

Listen on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/holy-fools-and-the-soul-of-craftwork/id1715543163

‎Religion & Spirituality · 2023

Check out the Ascent College team in full force at PSL Preview Day! We see you, Dr. Rhoden (President), Ms. Sonji Thee (...
11/15/2023

Check out the Ascent College team in full force at PSL Preview Day! We see you, Dr. Rhoden (President), Ms. Sonji Thee (Director of Student Services and Registrar), and Ms. Victoria Davis (Academic Advisor). Such a great time together with our pals Potomac School of Leadership. God is good!!!!!!!!

11/14/2023

Did you know that our churches and organizations have walked almost 200 students into Ascent College since the program began? As we look back on all God has done this year, we are praising Him for the 46 churches and organizations that believe in what God is doing here at Ascent College and take every opportunity to encourage those called into ministry leadership to pursue higher learning. Whether auditors, part-timers, undergrad students, or even so many of our faculty and staff who attend at various partner sites around the world, the ministry leader pipeline is thriving as we work to equip and empower those God is calling forth via the programs we offer here at Ascent College. We thank you!!

Interested in becoming an Ascent College partner site? Contact us today!

Interested in donating to our annual scholarship fund to help partner site students dream big in their academic studies? Donate on our website: https://ascent.edu/donate/

Have you scheduled your Spring advising call yet? Check your email! Your academic advisor is hoping to chat with you bef...
11/13/2023

Have you scheduled your Spring advising call yet? Check your email! Your academic advisor is hoping to chat with you before the holidays to make sure we get you registered and set up for success when our Spring semester kicks off on January 3rd. It will be here before you know it! Schedule your advising session today and check out the Spring course schedule under the News tab on our ascent.edu website.

Respect. Honor. Gratitude.
11/11/2023

Respect. Honor. Gratitude.

Full house today as Ascent College President, Dr. Rob Rhoden, delivers the morning devotional at the Potomac School of L...
11/10/2023

Full house today as Ascent College President, Dr. Rob Rhoden, delivers the morning devotional at the Potomac School of Leadership Preview Day! Cannot wait to see all God has in store for these ministry leaders called and purposed for mighty Kingdom impact. God is on the move in and through our youth!

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