Central Christian College (CCC) is alive and well in the middle of the country and nobody knows it. Guess that is our fault—we are relevant and nobody knows it—I want to change the nobody knows it part....
CCC was a junior college started by the Free Methodist Church and has been in McPherson, Kansas (http://www.mcphersonks.org) since 1914. In 2004 we converted ourselves to a 4-year institution, fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
However, nobody knows we exist. We don’t advertise so unless you have been here we aren’t on anyone’s radar. Within the Free Methodist Church we exist within the minds of the greatest generation. CCC enrollment was made almost entirely of those people whose parents sent them here—because that’s the way it used to be. Today it is different. The Church no longer financially supports the college. The structure of the board of trustees used to be assigned by the church. Today the board decides who is on the board; with a small requirement that a percentage will be church members. Outside the Free Methodist Church? Forget itJ
Shall we at CCC blame the Church? Absolutely not. In fact, at some point we need to wake up and make a case for ourselves. I want to make a CASE for Central Christian College
WE are figuring out the needs of the Church. We can Love God and Love Others
WE understand the culture and are educating through the Christian Worldview lens
WE dedicate ourselves to fit hearts, fit minds, fit bodies, and fit souls
Through 16 varsity sports and 27 different undergraduate majors, we change people. Seriously, small, private, Christian principled still has a place for people to grow—IF they only knew.
Cost and Faith based are challenges.
· Especially challenging to rural and inner city families
· Today’s prices forces families to weigh the value of a Christian Education v. cost
· Students almost HAVE to borrow to pay the bill—CCC has figured a way to pay for school without borrowing by working while attending class
2. Faith and the future are in question
· Everyone has a crisis of faith--Where do you want to have it?
· Many young people lose their faith during their very critical years of 18-25
· CCC embraces the question and teaches the value of Christian and the future