Extension Program in Split – Taking the Institute to the Church
This spring we started offering extension courses in other cities in Croatia. We started this program in the coastal city of Split. We have seven students in the program from 2-3 different churches in and around Split. The program is being hosted by a local church in Split and we are sending one of our professors there one weekend out of each month to teach the class. One entire course is taught over a span of two weekends. We will offer them eight different courses this way, over a two year period. The program has thus far been well-received by the students in Split, and we are looking to replicate this approach in other cities in Croatia. We plan to offer the program next in the city of Rijeka, starting in the fall. We have potentially about 12 students in that city. Please pray with us about these opportunities to increase the reach of the Institute in preparing churches and individuals to expand the Kingdom in this land.
On Saturday, May 24, we hosted a reception for alumni of the institute. We had a great barbecue lunch together at the home of Tom and Sandra Sibley. We heard from each alumnus in attendance, about their lives and ministries since graduation. We also spent some time praying for each graduate, their families, and their ministries. It was an encouraging time for all of us. We ended the time together by enlisting the help of the graduates in recruiting new students for the institute. We think our alumni are perhaps our best "walking advertisements" for the school.
Student-led Worship Service
On April 30, several of our students led us in a worship service for the institute. This was an exercise as part of their Practicum class. The service was in the assembly space used by the church with which we share the building. Students, their spouses, faculty, staff, and some church members were in attendance. The theme of the service came from the book of 1st John.
Harding University Choir Concert
On Friday evening, May 30, we hosted the choir from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas for a concert in Zagreb. This was a stop on a European tour for them. The concert was well received by the audience and we were blessed to have such a group make a stop with us in Zagreb.
Student and Faculty News
Several of our faculty, staff, and students participated in the annual spring spiritual renewal retreat of the Churches of Christ in Croatia. The retreat was held in the coastal city of Crikvenica.
June 16 – 19 Champs Camp
June 23 – July 18 Exam Period for Spring/Summer Semester
July 3 Summer Deadline for New Student Applications