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Six years ago, Bill Hybels, senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, apologized to his congregation for failing to produce disciples in the church. His problem in producing disciples is not uncommon. The average church today focuses on programs or public worship experiences. Few have any emphasis on discipleship. Robby Gallaty in his book, Growing Up: How to Be a Disciple Who Makes Disciples, quotes Jason Mandryk of Operation World, “Discipleship is the greatest challenge facing the church today.”

Jesus’ focus was not on the masses but on twelve men who would change the world. We would do well to follow our Master’s model as did Paul when he stated, “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2). Because of this teaching, every ministerial student who receives a scholarship at Jacksonville College is required to take a discipleship course each semester. We use the BMA DiscipleWay curriculum.

We ask you to recommend that your ministerial students attend Jacksonville College to take advantage of the broad educational experience that we offer. Ministerial students need a mastery of English, math, science, history, and government along with the Bible, and Jacksonville College provides these courses of study.

Jacksonville College is dedicated to “CHALLENGING MINDS AND TRANSFORMING LIVES.”


JC Director of Alumni Relations Randy Decker is encouraging alumni and friends to volunteer to help with various projects around the JC campus this summer. Projects include major facelifts and renovations to the men’s residence hall, the Student Union Building, the Buckner Chapel stage area, the biology lab, the gymnasium lobby, and the fitness center. If you can hold a paintbrush, have very basic carpentry skills, or can serve in any way, we can use your help. For more information, contact Randy at, (903) 790-1700 (cell) or (903) 589-7143 (office). If you are unable to volunteer physically, please consider making a donation to help with this summer’s special projects. Even small donations help. For more details or to make a donation online, visit!summer-2016-projects/fl3uv.

Randy Decker working on updates to Memorial Hall, the men’s residence hall.

From left to right, JC graduates Joseph Allen and Correy Hemphill, and current JC student John Paul Allen install new flooring in the campus security building.


Applications are still being accepted at Jacksonville College for Fall 2016. Registration of admitted students is ongoing. For more information, contact the Admissions Office at or (903) 589-7110, or visit and click on the “Admissions” tab. For course schedules, click on the “Course Offerings” link on the home page of the website.

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