Launching a Multisite Campus

Multisite churches are becoming more and more common. No longer an experiment, multisite churches are a viable means for churches to expand their ministry.  Patrick Trawick’s DMin Applied Research Project identified the critical components for effectively launching a campus for a multisite church. Trawick identified the following steps to a multi-sight launch strategy: The first [...]

By |2019-08-26T15:04:45-05:00August 9th, 2019|

A Prayer for Graduates (And Good for All of Us)

Kelly Walter, founding pastor at Rock Brook Church in Belton, MO., spoke at our recent commencement and challenged graduates to put this prayer at the top of their list: “God, let me humbly serve you in the authority of Jesus Christ.” In 2 Peter 1, one of the closest friends of Jesus identified himself as [...]

By |2019-07-12T21:15:33-05:00July 12th, 2019|


Graduation Streamed Live, June 24, 7:00  p.m. P.T.  We are excited about celebrating the accomplishments of this year’s graduates at Saddleback Church, June 24 at 7:00 p.m. P.T.  The service will be streamed live at this link.   We congratulate the following students who completed their studies. Diploma in Ministry Studies [...]

By |2019-06-21T18:55:33-05:00June 21st, 2019|

Not the Final Verse

You may remember the 1969 song “Is that All there Is?” sung by Peggy Lee. The chorus read, Is that all there is?  Is that all there is? If that's all there is my friends, then let's keep dancing Let's break out the booze and have a ball If that's all there is . . [...]

By |2019-04-18T20:37:34-05:00April 18th, 2019|

Spread the Word

Thank you for getting the word out about Rockbridge.  Most of our students come to Rockbridge as a result of a recommendation from a pastor or friend.  Ninety-eight percent of our students recommend Rockbridge to their friends.  The percent of students satisfied with their courses of student is 97+%.   We’ve got raving fans!   There are [...]

By |2019-04-05T16:35:38-05:00April 5th, 2019|

Online Learning–An Insider’s Perspective

By Ben Davis I want to offer my two cents worth in the online vs. traditional classroom debate. I do this as both a student who has completed online and traditional degrees and as an instructor who has taught in both modalities.  Both approaches to education have their strengths and weaknesses, but right at the outset [...]

By |2019-03-29T20:39:11-05:00March 29th, 2019|


By Dr. Dennis Williams Once I heard a person say that “He didn’t need formal, seminary training to preach. He said that he just let the Holy Spirit lead him.”  Not to be sacrilegious, but I’ve heard some of these people preach and if I were the Holy Spirit, I would be ashamed! Can people [...]

By |2019-03-14T18:01:51-05:00March 14th, 2019|

What’s Right with the Church?

The Church gets a lot of criticism about what is wrong with it. And few if any would contend the Church hasn’t made mistakes or there isn’t room for improvement. The Church, however, is doing many good things and brings value to its members and communities. Here are five major things that are right with [...]

By |2019-03-08T20:22:37-05:00March 8th, 2019|

Chapel on Sexual Abuse in the Church

Chapel Service In this term’s chapel, the Seminary addressed the issue of sexual abuse in the Church. President Eldridge introduced the chapel with these words, “The Bible is not silent about sexual abuse.” The Bible is clear about our responsibility to protect others from the abuse of power. Suzie Paslay read the scripture, “Give justice [...]

By |2019-03-01T16:52:12-05:00March 1st, 2019|

Neuroscience and Discipleship

Consider these statistics: There are 100 billion neurons in the brain. The average neuron makes a thousand synaptic connections, and some neurons can make a hundred times that number. The typical brain is about 2% of a body’s weight, but uses 20% of its total energy and oxygen intake. Babies lose half their neurons at [...]

By |2019-02-15T16:36:02-05:00February 15th, 2019|