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| Central is a pretty decent school, considering it's a small-town bible college. The departments, with the possible exception of missions, have respectable teachers that give good advice.|
Older preaching majors will likely find themselves pushed to the side with the overwhelming amount of future "youth pastors" coming out of high school. Missions majors can expect to be pressured towards Asian fields. Counseling majors will have excellent mentors it their department leads.
Many negative reviews likely come from those not expecting the doctrinal bent of the school. Make no mistake, this is a restoration movement school. If you can't stand restoration movement doctrine, don't bother coming here. Environment (more students than professors) is particularly hostile towards Calvinists and charismatics.The price of Central is excellent compared to other similar schools, though student service and facility use fees seem inflated when compared with their descriptions. In short--it is easy to graduate from Central debt free with either Pell grants or a part time job. Accreditation is good--accepted by most Seminaries in the US.
|Nov 12 2008|| 3rd Year Male --
Class 2011 |
| Restoration Movement Theology is taught, and this is made clear on the school's doctrinal statement (available on their website). However, as a non-Restoration Movement Christian, I have been welcomed and challenged. The faculty is equipped, intelligent, scholarly, personable, and extremely helpful. Certainly, some students are less agreeable and more argumentative than would be desired; but no college can claim to NOT have such students. In a student body of 300-350, patience is important, period. Student life is limited in a small town; however, campus life is good. Friendship groups are overall centered around similar goals in a deep way. The Admissions Dept., which was developed around spring 2010, is changing the face of the student body in a positive way by ensuring that as many new students as possible are mature and genuinely seeking knowledge and growth. The school's goal is to train servant-leaders for the church, and its success is clearly evidenced by the plans and goals of the graduating seniors. In the past two years, missions is spreading beyond Asian missions to emphasize European and Mexican missions as well. For Outreach Week 2012, teams are being sent to India, Romania, Poland, and Mexico as well as to the US. Completion rates and graduation grades are rising gradually but consistently. Because of my time at Central (only two years thus far), I have networked in several states as well as other countries, have made solid friendships with amazing people, and have been trained and mentored in ministry. Central is imperfect, but the positives far outweigh the negatives. |
|Mar 01 2012|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2012 |
| Being a so called Christian school they are allowed to treat students any way they want with no recourse. They can hide behind the Christian school label and be very judgmental and bias and you can do nothing about it. You will loose your faith going to this school. I would say they are borderline racist as well. Quit the school and have moved on but would warn anybody considering this school to stay away....it is bad news |
|Jan 16 2012|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2013 |