Transform America - A Practical Proposal
Posted on June 10, 2011 by Vishal Mangalwadi
Transform America A Practical Proposal for Churches, Colleges & Parents
Currently, about 100 Christian universities & colleges educate a total of 200,000 students a year. If the colleges held classes in local churches, 4.5 million students could be educated and discipled, at a fraction of current costs.
Imagine . . .
100,000 churches hosting classes of 15 students each, for 2-4 years, as they pursue accredited, online AA or BA degrees.
- Become a catalyst and help transform America through education.
- Your church will provide discipleship
- Partnering universities will offer accredited degrees
- Private intern placements will provide vocational training
- Students will serve the community, mentor children and care for the elderly.
America became a light to the nations because major Christian denominations established universities that produced leaders for every sphere of society. America is now declining because secularism, which is incapable of imparting truth, hijacked education in the 20th century.
What If . . .
What if - your church helps students earn an Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree through a unique program that equips them to think critically, seek truth, love
their neighbors, discover their calling, and acquire skills as servant-leaders?
What if – this learner-centered curriculum were developed by teams of leading scholars in
partnership with those who understand (a) effective pedagogy, (b) the most useful technologies, and (c) the biblical worldview that transforms individuals and nations?
What if - this curriculum were offered free online while students compensate the local church and partnering colleges for the cost of administration and materials?
What if - for-profit and non-profit organizations partner with local churches to provide students
with practical, vocational training and placement?
What if – full-time Academic Elders were to mentor 12-15 students each and professors
met with students online?
What if - students lived with their parents or deacons, learning life-skills, serving the needy in
their local community, and devoting one semester to study in another culture?
What if – technology made teaching and learning possible in both real-time as well as
non-synchronously, enabling students to work part-time or take care of family responsibilities,
while earning credits for applied skills?
What if - students visit university campuses for intensive training that cannot be imparted
online or in local environments?
This initiative to disciple America will produce:
- Transformed graduates, equipped to be servant leaders in their preferred vocations, taking responsibility for neighbors and creation.
- Transformed local churches, empowered by students’ creativity and energy, discipling the nation as centers for learning, cultural creativity, and service.
- Transformed Christian universities, mobilizing the vast reservoir of intellectual resources available in local communities. Online lectures will return time to faculty for study and research.
- Transformed communities, proactively training future citizens: spending less but offering college education and practical skills to many more students: the private sector shouldering greater responsibility, limiting government, reinforcing personal liberties.
- Transformed culture returning to the only available source of truth – God’s revelation – and reopening the American mind to what is true, good, and beautiful!
A local church can now offer truth with a college degree
“The Book That Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization” by Vishal Mangalwadi tells the story of why the Bible made the West a thinking and rational civilization and why a rejection of the Bible has resulted in “The Closing of the American Mind.”
Chuck Colson - Founder of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview
“The Book that Made Your World is essential reading for any thinking Christian. And it serves as a stark warning to the Western world that we forget the Bible and the Christian faith only at great peril to our
liberty and even our survival.”
Dallas Willard - Professor of Philosophy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
With solid, detailed information, clarity of presentation, and logical force, Vishal Mangalwadi enables anyone willing to see how our “Western” world depends entirely upon what the Bible, and it alone, teaches about reality and how to live. ...At this point our institutions are lost. It is time for the prophet. Here we have one.
Why Transform America?
The Church is under a divine obligation to disciple America. That includes yoking her to the liberating authority of truth. For centuries, Christian denominations obeyed the Lord by establishing universities.
The West is declining now because without truth universities can shape neither the mind nor the character. Secularism reduces education to mere vocational training. Education devoid of Truth is debasing everything that made America great.
Secularism produces an unsustainable culture of
entitlement because it can neither create nor sustain voluntary institutions such as the family and the church. Without losing more ground, the
Church must implement its mandate to disciple nations.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why work with local churches and established universities?
Why develop a fresh online curriculum?
How will online programming prepare students for technical education?
Who will implement this vision and how?
Does higher education divert the church from the great commission to disciple all nations?
Discuss such questions online, at:
An Invitation to Action!
• Organize a small group to meet
weekly for prayer and study
• Sponsor a Transform America
conference in your town
• Donate $20 per month to spawn this
Donors will receive study materials
beginning with the 11-part DVD series,
“Must the Sun Set on the West?”
(a $99.00 value).
Transform America® is initiated by
Revelation Movement, a ministry of BOM
International Inc. a 501 (c)(3) non-profit
charity, led by Dr. Vishal Mangalwadi.
Donate & send comments and questions to:
1605 E. Elizabeth Street
Pasadena, CA 91104
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