“Our Christ-centered education and The Salvation Army’s Christ-centered service have teamed up to empower servants on the frontlines of ministry,” said Dr. Dave Holden, Greenville University dean of adult and graduate studies, of the collaborative agreement established between the university and the Indianapolis, Ind., Harbor Light Center.
Dr. Holden spoke at a certificate presentation ceremony held at the center to honor the 45 staff members who completed professional development training classes for which they also earned continuing education units (CEU).
Major K. Kendall Mathews, Harbor Light Center executive director, initiated the partnership with Greenville University to design a program with CEU credit hours for the center’s staff. In turn, the university’s faculty and students gain advanced insights on what is required to serve beneficiaries and their families. The collaboration also facilitates internship positions for students and opportunities for staff to earn graduate degrees or complete undergraduate studies.
“[We] see the value in working together to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Dr. Holden. “It’s not just for personal development but for spiritual service to those in need of salvation and release from substance abuse.”
Recognizing the importance of continuing education, Major Kendall has established other collaborative relationships with educational institutions in previous appointments. He concluded, “This new partnership has blessed our staff in a very practical way and shows all things are possible through Christ.”