Generation Leadership College

Discover your purpose. Embrace your passion.
We believe you were created in the image of God; that He gave you the desire to create and accomplish something significant. Generation Leadership College students will have the chance to learn leadership while also working toward an associates or bachelors degree. Southeastern University (Lakeland, FL) partners with Generation Church to host an instructional site on the church campus, and offer students affordable degree programs. Students who are planning to go into the marketplace rather than church work will also greatly benefit from the leadership development and work on an associates degree suitable for the marketplace or "general core" credits that may be transferred to other universities and colleges. Pursue your passion as you build your professional skills and your faith for a lifetime.
 

Why Generation Leadership College?

Generation Church has been on Outreach Magazine's 100 fastest growing churches list four years in a row. Generation Church was the fastest growing church in Arizona in 2018 and the 17th fastest growing church in the nation. You will receive individualized attention and personalized development all throughout the program from your track leaders and Generation Church pastors and staff. You will also hear directly from Lead Pastor Ryan Visconti on a regular basis.
 
  • Gain world-class leadership experience
  • Develop personally and professionally
  • Learn cutting-edge skills doing something you're passionate about
  • Stay close to home and engaged in your church and go to college at the same time
  • Optional: Earn college credit toward a 2 or 4-year degree online through Southeastern University (accredited) and their partnership with Generation Church

GLC Tracks

As a part of GLC you will be exposed to a wide variety of ministries and leadership opportunities, but you will also have the option to specialize in a specific area of ministry.
Pastoral Leadership
  • Global Projects (Missions)
  • Life Groups
  • Leading Ministry Teams
Youth and Young Adults
  • Teaching for Youth and Young Adults
  • Programming & Production Development
  • Event Planning and Execution
  • Leading Small Group Teams
Kids Ministry
  • Teaching, Drama and Worship for Children
  • Programming Development
  • Event Planning and Execution
  • Preschool emphasis available
Creative Arts
  • Music & Worship Team Leadership
  • Production & Tech
  • Creative & Media
General Leadership
  • Exposure to a wide-variety of leadership settings

GLC Overview

 
GLC Leadership Experience, SEU Degree Program, Technology and Site Fees - $9400 annual cost.
Some students may be eligible to receive federal and state financial aid. Students enrolled in practicum receive a scholarship that covers the cost of practicum credits. Tuition listed is based on 15 credits per semester, with practicum scholarship. If you have completed college credit at other learning institutions, it may be possible to transfer some or all of those to SEU.
GLC Leadership Experience Only (not enrolling in SEU) - $975 annual cost
 
2020 Spring Semester - Begins January 8 (Application Deadline December 2)
2020 Fall Semester - Begins August 19 (Application Deadline July 15)
 
Ideal candidates are between the ages of 18 and 29 who live a life of authenticity, love Jesus with their whole heart, and support the vision of Generation Church. We do not offer paid internships, but the program is designed for you to have time for outside employment. You will need a car and will need to secure your own housing.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is Generation Leadership College?

GLC is a 2-year program with an optional education with Southeastern University (SEU). In partnership with Generation Church, SEU offers an Associate of Arts (AA) or an Associate of Ministerial Leadership (AML) degree. Combined with the formal education element, students will be immersed in the culture of Generation Church and gain hands-on ministry and life experience.

The formal educational component led by SEU or a college of your choice is one side of your education. The other side is the Generation Leadership College experience led by the Generation Church staff and GLC team. The specific ministry tracks listed above are in the GLC side but an SEU degree can have ministry-specific offerings to compliment your hands-on training as well, such as a worship ministry emphasis.

What does the application process look like?

Each student must fill out an online application by clicking the button below the FAQs. Once that is completed, the GLC team will schedule a video or in person interview. If a student is accepted, they will receive another link to apply to Southeastern University.

What does the typical schedule look like?

Sunday - Sunday Services (8am-1pm; 3pm-8pm)

Monday - Track Day (10am-4pm)

Tuesday - SEU Classes (optional) / Evening Track GLC 6pm-8pm

Wednesday - Leadership Day (9am - 12pm)

Thursday - SEU Classes (optional)

Students will have nearly all Fridays and Saturdays off. Students will also join our leadership teams at all of our services on Sundays. Some schedules vary depending on the ministry track you select once in the program.

The GLC season runs mid-August through the beginning of May each year. We encourage you to stay engaged with us for the summer, but it's not required. We will have fall, Christmas, and spring breaks as well.

What if I am outside the target age or currently work during the day?

We offer a track for working adults and those outside 18-29 years-old. This track includes a more compact leadership track that on Tuesday nights from 6pm-8pm. 

This track will also have the option of attending SEU at your pace as well, though an educational element may not be a need for you. It's best to reach out to our team to discuss your options.

As a GLC student, how much access will I have to Generation Church's leadership?

In addition to the GLC staff, your Track Lead (Youth Pastor, Kids Director, etc.) will be able to resource you with the experience necessary to grow in your desired area of ministry or general leadership. You will also hear directly from our Executive Team (including our Lead Pastor) in meetings, lunches and classes on a regular basis. You will be given access to other leaders within Generation Church through your Track Lead.

Who is teaching the classes?

Southeastern University will provide online classes for the formal education component for GLC and Generation Church staff will teach live courses in leadership and faith development. This will allow for students to work on class work at the times that work best for them, yet get a college classroom experience as well.

What happens when I finish the program?

After successfully completing 2 years at GLC you will have gained valuable, hands-on ministry and leadership experience. For those who complete the SEU courses, you will receive a Associate of Arts (AA) or an Associate of Ministerial Leadership (AML). Most students will also be qualified to apply for ministry credentials.

All students will have the option to continue to work toward their 4-year bachelors degree from SEU at the discounted cost through Generation Church if you choose to. Some students will be invited back for a third or even fourth year and may be considered for joining the Generation Church staff. Our GLC staff will help those interested in pursuing full-time ministry with connections and coaching in hopes to make that dream a reality.

Are there other degree options?

Associate of Arts in General Education
Associate in Ministerial Leadership
Bachelor of Science in Ministerial Leadership: Biblical Studies
Bachelor of Science in Ministerial Leadership: Christian Ministry
Bachelor of Science in Ministerial Leadership: Pastoral Care and Counseling
Bachelor of Science in Ministerial Leadership: Worship Ministries

Contact us for a full list of classes and degree options.

SEU also offers more online degree options and it is possible for us to add them to our program. However, in the early years of your degree program, you will focus on generals that apply to any degree at SEU and most other schools. It's important to have others going through the same classes as you to develop community and for your involvement in our cohorts. Beginning with one of these degree programs will set you up for many more options than you see listed and we would happy to talk with you or connect you with a guidance counselor at SEU to discuss these options in detail.

Will my credits transfer in or out of SEU?

SEU is an accredited university at the highest level (the same level as Arizona State University, University of Arizona, or Grand Canyon University). Each school varies, but most general and some faith-based classes will transfer in or transfer out to other schools. Due to our deep discount with SEU, you get an outstanding education from a private, Christian university for about the same or less cost as a community college. So even if you're not sure if working in a church is your calling, it may be a great option to pursue a 2-year experience at GLC and SEU to complete your general education core and grow your faith and leadership skills. If you already know you want to transfer to a specific school after 2 years, SEU can help you choose classes that will transfer.

Do I have to be enrolled in SEU to be a part of the GLC?

You do not have to be attend SEU to join Generation Leadership College. This leadership development is most beneficial when coupled with an educational component and we believe SEU is an excellent choice. You may be enrolled in another college or university but you will need to manage your class schedule to fit the GLC schedule. We would encourage you to let us help you explore the option of transferring classes to/from SEU. Many students discover that SEU is an even better option than they realized both from a quality of education and a cost standpoint. We can put you in touch with a student attending SEU through Generation Church to hear their experience directly.

You may also join as a "GLC Only" student for $975/year. We only recommend this for students who have already completed their education but we will consider all students for acceptance to the program.

What if I'm not sure I can afford to attend SEU?

It's okay to apply even if you're not sure you can attend SEU. There's no application fee and applying is easy. You will be able to apply for financial aid which may greatly reduce the cost to you. You may likely qualify for subsidized and unsubsidized loans and any additional costs can also be set up on a payment plan through SEU. Many students who attend SEU through a process like this graduate with little or no student loan debt. It's one of the reasons we believe GLC and SEU make such a great team! Our educational plan is ideal for today's debt-conscious student.

Is housing available?

Each GLC student is responsible for their own housing. Students from the area may choose to continue their current living arrangements if they wish. If you're moving from out of town, we have apartment options we can suggest and may be able to connect you with roommates from GLC.

Do I need a car?

Yes. Some ministry opportunities will require reliable transportation during the week and on the weekends.

Generation Church
480-986-3149
info@generation.church