Contextual Education

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We want to provide students opportunities to practice the skills and theories taught in the classroom through real world experiences and service.

Contextual education enhances learning through practical coursework, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. Through this program, students receive hands-on practice and experience designed to equip visionary leaders.

Practical Coursework

Hands-on experience is often integrated into coursework. Examples include:

  • Spiritual Formation encourages students to practice personal spiritual disciplines for their own spiritual development.
  • Church Planting and Growth students help motivate and train area churches to become missionary congregations.
  • School Guidance and Counselling students provide guidance to children in area schools.
  • During Microfinance Development, leadership majors teach and develop savings and loan associations with local congregations.
  • Pastoral Counselling and other courses provide opportunities for students to be involved in supervised counselling opportunities with others.

Numerous courses also assign students to write and record audio lessons for radio broadcast across Africa as part of our unique partnership with World Christian Broadcasting.

Co-Curricular Learning

In addition to coursework, ACC plans intentional opportunities designed to give practical experience and further develop the skills and experience necessary for excellent service in God’s kingdom.

  • Chapel & Campus Worship – Students gain regular practice preaching, leading singing and public prayers, and planning worship in our daily Chapel and weekly worship services.
  • Personal Evangelism – Students monthly partner with members of local congregations to visit and evangelize others in homesteads and communities throughout Swaziland.
  • Supervised Practice of Ministry – Ministry majors are placed with local congregations to serve in a variety of ministry roles including teaching, preaching, evangelization, and working with children, youth, and adults.
  • Leadership Practicum – Leadership majors engage in projects and partnerships to gain experience and put their knowledge, skills, and abilities to the test.
  • Work-Study Program – Students have many opportunities to earn money and experience working on campus in a variety of roles where new skills are learned and practiced.

Extra-Curricular Learning

Though not required as part of our curriculum, students often find opportunities to be involved in activities that facilitate learning and skill development.

  • Participating in Local Congregations – Students become active members of many area churches and find ways to serve the body as teachers of adults, youth, and children; occasional preaching; evangelism; visitation; and acts of service.
  • Student Representative Council – Some students elect to serve in the SRC to plan campus activities, provide student support, and promote ACC.
  • Volunteer Projects – Opportunities abound for volunteering including teaching and serving meals at an orphan care point, organizing and tending campus gardens, managing care for chickens and goats, and more.

Contextual Education helps fulfill our Mission…

African Christian College exists to glorify God by equipping students for excellent service in God’s kingdom. Out of this mission grows a vision of a transformed continent through the power of God and well-prepared leaders.

We often receive compliments from congregations and employers about the quality of students: “Your graduates don’t just have knowledge; they also have experience doing the work that is needed.” We want our graduates to be fully prepared to change the world.