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Christian University campus hosting classes in city

February 10, 2003|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

Enough interest has been generated by a flier mailed to Washington County churches that two local pastors are bringing a Life Christian University campus to Hagerstown next month.

The goal is to establish a Bible-based, Christian counseling accelerated degree program in which students can earn 30 credit hours attending class one night a week for nine months, Hagerstown Pastor Leonard Stine said.

"We're starting March 9 with one undergraduate degree program on Sunday nights from 6 to 9 at the Cutting Edge Ministries, which meets at 32 East Ave.," Stine said.

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He and Pastor Clair Brinton, both full-time ministers at that church, will serve as faculty. Additional video lectures will feature professional Christian counselors.

Orientation for the first semester will be Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. at the church. Anyone 18 and older with a high school diploma or GED may sign up.

The program could grow to include more degree-level opportunities, Stine said.

Stine is currently a candidate for a master of divinity degree from Life Christian University. He said he holds a bachelor's degree from Christian Concepts Institute in Tennessee.

A pastor for 17 years, Stine also has spent time as a Bible educator.

The curriculum will include five core programs, each of which is six weeks long and must be taken together, Stine said. They are Introduction to Biblical Counseling, Faith and Life, Marriage and Family, Challenging Issues and Emerging Issues in Biblical Counseling.

Subjects will include overcoming depression and sexual abuse, telling the truth, forgiveness, guilt, divorce recovery, managing stress, grief and loss, and anger management.

For information, call 301-714-4740.

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