We believe that God does not only call the “qualified” to serve him, but he always qualifies the called. We remain committed to our belief that our students need to learn from both formally and informally trained teachers and mentors. Since we shape learners as a college, we do need a substantial and sufficient number of faculty members with graduate-level training in the areas they teach. Accreditation requires us to demonstrate and provide evidence of our credibility as a teaching institution, and faculty credentials are the most common way of demonstrating one’s training for teaching in higher education. Our plan for involving both “Pauls” (formally trained) and “Peters” (informally trained) includes:
Keeping non-credentialed pastors and missionaries teaching in Chapel, Lectures, and Speakers’ Week courses, and mentoring students in ministry in their areas of expertise.
Pairing teachers who have earned graduate degrees with others who do not, in a team-teaching design.
Recruiting some new part-time faculty members who have degrees, preferring pastors and leaders within Calvary Chapel as well as CCBC alumni.
Establishing a policy for the limited, ABHE-allowed exceptions to faculty credential requirements, based on a teacher’s recognized expertise on course topics. This could be a way to qualify a limited number teachers who do not have degrees but have published teachings through the whole Bible, are recognized as expert practitioners of missions and ministry or have similar evidence of their expertise.