NCU Branch Manual & Guide
Northwestern Christian University
NCU Branch University Opportunity
Northwestern Christian University
Worldwide Branch Manual & Guide
Dr. Howard M. Sarkela: Founder CAM/ WCJC/ NTS/ NCU
Dr. Samuel Galloza: President NTS/NCU
Dr.Jefferson Tasleem Ghauri: Vice President, CAM Int. Ministries
Dr. Miguel A. Contreras: Vice President CAM Security
Dr. Carlos Molina: Vice President, WCJC Spanish Liaison
Dr. Seth M. Lagunda: President, NCU Philippines Fellowships
Christian Alliance Ministries / Worldwide Church of Jesus Christ
CHARTERS CURRENTLY ARE AVAILABLE FOR MISSIONARY OUTREACH IN COUNTRIES OUTSIDE OF THE USA ONLY
WCJC CHURCH CHARTERS / NCU BRANCH OPPORTUNITIES ARE ONLY AVAILABLE FOR FOREIGN MISSIONS. IF YOU ARE A CHURCH LOCATED IN A COUNTRY OUTSIDE OF THE USA, THAN YOU ARE APPROVED TO APPLY FOR A WCJC CHARTER/ NCU BRANCH OPPORTUNITY TODAY!
NCU Branch Manual
Headquarters: Florida, USA
Table of Contents
Before We Start ................................................................Page 3
Let’s Begin ........................................................................Page 3
Responsibility of the Director.............................................Page 4
Responsibility of the Whole Regional Team ......................Page 4
Ministry Tools ....................................................................Page 5
Recruiting Directors ...........................................................Page 6
Spreadsheets (Tracking Forms) .........................................Page 6
Understanding the Branch University Program.................. Page 7
The Northwestern Christian University Branch University Guide
Northwestern Christian University
University Branch Planning for New Directors
Before We Begin
Dear Pastor/ Director
As a Pastor/ Director in this ministry it is very important that you realize that you have been called by God to work His purpose and plan for this ministry of discipleship in your church and surrounding community/ region. This can be summed up as “His Vision” for us in accomplishing His Great Commission through Christ centered, Biblical Education, a divine method for discipleship.. As you start with your own church and then later begin developing your Regions in obedience to your calling, it is important to realize that people will follow those who share and demonstrate their dedication and commitment to this work by demonstrating their faith in educational discipleship as a means of fulfilling our Lord’s Great Commission. Others will sense this divine calling on your life and ministry as you allow the Holy Spirit to accomplish His will through your obedience. This is “God’s Vision” for us, given to us by Jesus... Our Lord expects us to do our part, just as He expected His Disciples to obey the Great Commission and pass this responsibility to every new Disciple (II Timothy 2:2) so that it would perpetuate throughout the ages, spreading across all of the earth, even as we continue in obedience to His Vision and command today.
If you have caught “God’s Vision” for this ministry, there will be no holding back in your expressing the excitement and Holy Joy of His presence through His vision as you communicate it to others. The anointing of our Lord is His empowerment by the Holy Spirit and is necessary for your effectiveness in fulfilling His call to communicate the Vision to each new Pastor/ Director who then will transfer it by the anointing of our Lord, to those who become part of this ministry throughout their regions and the world.
We invite you to take your time and review this Ministry Planning Guide for New Directors and get excited about what God is now doing around the world. Our ministries are currently established in 40 countries worldwide. We ask that you Pray for and receive the ANOINTING FIRE of the Holy Spirit to empower you for this great work. May the Fire of the Holy Ghost fall on you and fill you, empowering you to be used as an obedient servant of our Lord Jesus Christ.. He said; “Go and go we must, to the Nations!
In our call to expand throughout the world, we must establish the following points:
The Responsibility of the Director
The Responsibility of the Whole Regional Team
The followings tools can be used when presenting the ministry to a potential Regional Director or Branch University:
3. Presentation of Ministry through Home and Church Visits
4. See the Ministry Package that follows.
God will draw those that will be part of this ministry, but we must go and present to them the ministry. If God has called them, they will feel the desire and responsibility to be part of the ministry. We may know people right now that can possibly introduce you to your next director, but we must network and believe in what we are doing for God in this ministry.
Spreadsheets (or other tracking forms):
Use spreadsheets to keep track of contacts and ministry directors. The Spreadsheet can have the information on the directors with the ability to input ministry census, Branch Seminaries, Number of Students, Pending Branches, Last Communication with Director, etc.
The objective is to be able to monitor and track ministry growth by individual director and region. In this way you can better assess in which areas are specific regions may have needs for guidance...
You can also do the same with every contact you make. Through persistence and obedience to the direction of the Holy Spirit, you can recruit new director simply by establishing relationships through ongoing communication. This is extremely important in areas where because of the danger involved in operating a ministry, first initial contacts are just a means of establishing a trust factor before proceeding.
Spreadsheets also make it simpler to provide your monthly reports to the Administrative Office of the ministry.
Although this sample was done using Excel, you can opt to just making a sheet to fill in regardless of the method that you used to collect the information from your region. Even if it is handwritten, at least you will be able to maintain important record keeping. The important thing is that you can now track each Director and Branch and provide your monthly information to headquarters, on the Monthly Report form that will be e-mailed to you each month. Your recordkeeping, will allows you to access this information quickly, easily and efficiently.
You can build a simple table utilizing Word or any other Word Processing program, if you do not have Excel. Contact the office, if you need assistance setting up your spreadsheet. Or, if you are using the internet café for all Internet communications, then you can hand write your records for monthly reporting by e-mail to USA headquarters.
Understanding the Northwestern Christian University Branch Program
The Northwestern Christian University Branch Program is crucial to the success of God’s plan for our ministry to make disciples through education in every nation. This plan is a clear representation of obedience to God’s calling, to carry out the Great Commission of Matthew 28. We are commanded to and we must make new disciples throughout the world, as Jesus has commanded.
The power of the program is found in its simplicity. This allows for the Holy Spirit to work and direct the student’s life as he reads through the Bible. We do ask that whoever is placed to lead the weekly meetings be more advanced in their studies or knowledge of the Scriptures, as students will be asking questions during these meetings on the BIBLE study material they have been working on throughout the week at home.
Church Charter and Affiliations
Another powerful program; Church Charters are offered by the Worldwide Church of Jesus Christ, another ministry of Christian Alliance Ministries. Church Charters allow for independent ministries and churches to be part of a greater ministering body while maintaining independence and anonymity in its ministry. The church or ministry only needs to recognize its affiliation or charter with the CAM Ministries; Worldwide Church of Jesus Christ, yet will still remain independent and be self-governed by the local congregation and or ministry board. You will simply add to your name; an affiliate of the Worldwide Church of Jesus Christ. We prefer that Churches, who sponsor a Branch University, also affiliate with our WCJC. But, we are cooperative and willing to accept your suggestions if it is not possible for your Church to affiliate with WCJC.
We believe that ministries and churches that would like to receive the recognition of being affiliated with a larger body will benefit from this type of relationship. Churches and ministries that are chartered or affiliated with this ministry are allowed to open a Branch University Program from their own locations.
A major benefit of this type of Charter or affiliation is the ability for an independent Pastor to receive ordination through Christian Alliance Ministries / The Worldwide Church of Jesus Christ, a ministry that is recognized as a religious order/ denomination in the United States and in many countries throughout the world. Your congregation will be part of the great accomplishments that the Lord is doing through our members on a daily basis and through your news updates; you will be able to report to your congregation the developments in growth, discipleship and spread of the Gospel in the USA, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa and The Middle East. Through your weekly updates for the pulpit, your congregation will sense that they now belong to a great worldwide move of God. We currently have thousands of Churches in affiliation with our Worldwide Church of Jesus Christ, worldwide. Perhaps you have heard of us.
Christian Alliance Ministries has been equipped by God to offer a full range of ministry services to the body of Christ throughout the world. Our obvious focus on fulfilling the call of Christ through the Great Commission of making disciples around the world, has allowed for many regions to be blessed with great increases in the blessings of God.
Churches and ministries have reported a great increase in their numbers as they now are able to offer a well rounded ministry program to their local congregations that include an educational discipleship program in the form of a Northwestern Christian University, which can lead to a theologically accredited, state recognized Associate and Bachelor of Theology in Biblical Studies.
Ministries have also found that through the tuitions, which you are permitted to charge and keep a FULL 100%, have helped to increase your overall ministry income and help provide an increase in the Director’s income as well.
We believe that your excitement in the presentation of what God has called us to offer as a ministry will increase the desire of those that may feel the calling of God to join this work. The regions around the world that have taken hold of the vision and purpose of God for this ministry have grown in great measures and have seen the glory of God in their work.
So, please pray and then begin to further develop your ministry today by committing to do all that you can do, and put to work this great program of discipleship and spiritual growth as it has been presented to you for you blessing. If you will head the calling, He will empower you, by His anointing, for great accomplishment as it is pleasing to Him.
May God be glorified through your steadfast diligence and dedication to the cause of the Gospel!
Sincerely In Christ,
Our Ministry leaders:
Dr. Howard M. Sarkela; Founder CAM/ WCJC/ NTS/ NCU
Dr. Samuel Galloza; President NTS/ NCU
Dr. Jefferson Tasleem Ghauri; Vice President, CAM International ministries
Dr. Miguel A. Contreras; Vice President of security, CAM
Dr. Carlos Molina; Vice President WCJC Spanish Liaison
Dr. Seth M. Lagunda: President, NCU Philippines Fellowships
Northwestern Christian University Worldwide Branch University Guide
Northwestern Christian University is a ministry dedicated in obedience to the Great Commission of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Our mandate is to go and make disciples of all nations.
The concept of The Branch University program is to provide a Christian Educational Program that can be both affordable and attainable by any student in the world. Utilizing the simplicity of a curriculum that is based entirely on the Bible as the sole textbook, the Branch University Program is applicable to be used by any Christ centered Church or ministry regardless of Denominational status.
Early in August of 1980, Dr. Howard M. Sarkela, Founder and Presiding Bishop of Christian Alliance Ministries and Northwestern Christian University, developed a learning process called; “The analytical approach to applied education.”
Dr. Sarkela discovered that the archaic system of last minute memorization or cramming for examinations resulted in considerable loss of knowledge being stored into short-term memory and limiting substantial recall beyond short term. This results in a hindrance to effective education.
Our analytical approach to applied education provides the student a methodology of relating information received, with areas of personal experience thus causing a link between the information being studied and aspects involving long-term memory of the student.
The methodology of analysis by asking personal questions, allows us to assimilate and correlate information that may be more easily remembered. The key to improved memory in learning is through Q&A with the answer relating to a personal question.
The Program: Associate of Theology (A.Th.) in Biblical Studies
The Branch University Program was structured as a simple course of study that can be implemented internationally leading to an Associate of Theology in Biblical Studies (A.Th., / from Northwestern Christian University.
Utilizing the Bible as the sole textbook, students acquire an interactive overview of every chapter found in the 66-books of the Bible leading to the 60 credit hour Associate Degree. Students may then continue toward a bachelor degree program by enrolling into an NCU online program. Bible based Learning Modules are required for the additional 60 credits needed for the 120 credit hour Bachelor Degree. Students who earn a Associate degree through the NCU Branch program may later enroll in the comprehensive online bachelor program at our NCU website: www.northwesternchristianuniversity.com
The Associate Degree Course Criteria
* All that is required is a ball point pen, paper and a Bible...
The student will answer two questions for each Bible chapter, relating personally from an analytical approach to applied education on each and every chapter of the Bible:
1) What is the Lord teaching me from this chapter of Scripture?
2) How may I apply what I have learned to my life and in ministering to others?
Through a once per week meeting, at a designated location, the student may review with an instructor, questions and answers regarding each Bible chapter. The structure of the program is one that provides for the individual student to be part of a group of seminary students while at the same time working on individual assignments at home at their own pace.
A new student would start their Associate Degree program in the New Testament beginning in Matthew chapter one and finishing with Malachi in the Old Testament. Students would then work at their own individual pace. The uniqueness of the program is that a new student can begin their course of study at any time, allowing enrollments to be accepted continually, on any day, throughout the year.
The Degree Awards
Northwestern Christian University BRANCH is authorized to offer the Associate of Theology Degree (A.Th.) in Biblical Studies. These degrees are theologically accredited, allowing the student to later enroll in Bachelor Degree Program with Northwestern Christian University by visiting www.northwesternChristianUniversity.com and submitting an application online.
Student Graduation Fee:
To be paid by students and collected by branch directors for payment at graduation.
For Students outside of the United States:
There will be a (minimum) graduation fee required for any single Degree award. This charge is to cover labor, printing of your degree. *Postage is an additional charge paid by the student. This fee is paid by the NCU student only and not by the NCU Branch.
*Branch directors are to collect the separate student graduation fee from all students who will be graduating as well as postage costs and pay them together in ONE payment to your Senior Bishop in your country. Your Senior Bishop/ NCU President will then make payment to CAM/ NCU Ministry headquarters in the USA. Once payment has been received, NCU headquarters will process and mail the degrees to your church, for your graduation ceremony.
All branches located outside of the USA, will make the student graduation fee payment to the Senior Bishop of their region, prior to his preparing and mailing the degrees for your graduation ceremony. Your Senior Bishop will advise as to how much the graduation fee is for students in your country. *Philippines fee is just 1,000 Pisos.
The Branch Director/ Collections and Distributions
The Branch Director should be a person who has a broad understanding of Scripture. The Director may choose to charge a small monthly tuition. Northwestern Christian University world headquarters does not require any tuition payment for this educational degree program. This allows for the Bishop or Director to develop a self-supportive ministry. 100% of all student tuitions will be collected from the students by the Branch University Director in your country. Portions of the tuition may be divided between the leaders of your networks such as Bishops, Regional Directors and Directors at your discretion.. Percentage distribution to be determined by your Senior Bishop/ NCU President in your country. A suggestion would be to begin with 75% to the Branch and 25% to the Senior Bishop/ NCU President of your country.
What Does it Take to Start a Branch University Program
A Unique Program
Requirements for Graduation and Degree awards:
1. Directors shall Grade all Completed assignments and make available all completed assignments to your Regional Director, Bishop or Senior Bishop depending on who is your direct supervisor.
2. Students are to pay all tuition requirements and fees including postage costs in full prior to Degree award and or graduation..
3. International Students are to pay a Graduation/ Processing and handling fee with an extra charge for Postage. *Branch directors are to collect fees. All fees are to be compiled and paid at one time to the Senior Bishop in your country authorized to represent Christian Alliance Ministies/ Worldwide Church of Jesus Christ/ NCU headquarters in USA, prior to graduation.
Accreditations / Recognitions
United States Government Approval
We are recognized by the Government of the United States of America, as 501(c)3 Religious Organization with all rights and privileges as provided by law.
State of Florida Department of Education
Northwestern Christian University operates under authorization, as a degree granting institution through exemption, by the Florida State Board of Independent Colleges and Universities under Section 1005.06 (1) (f), FLA Statutes. The State of Florida, like other states, does not require accreditation or theological accreditation for our religious education.
State of Arizona Department of Education
Northwestern Christian University operates under exemption, as a religion based degree granting institution, from the Arizona State Board of Private and Post Secondary Education under A.R.S.32-3022 (E). The state of Arizona, like other states, does not require accreditation or theological accreditation for our religious education.
Educational Accountability Accreditation Certification
IACEA Theological Accreditation by Christian Educational Evaluation and Accountability.
The International Association for Christian Educational Accountability (IACEA)
Northwestern Christian University is a member in good standing with The International Association for Christian Educational Accountability, a Worldwide organization for Christian Theological accreditation through evaluation and accountability, with the goal of maintaining the highest educational standards for its' member institutions. IACEA accreditation standards are maintained through ongoing evaluation, compliance and accountability.
IACEA supports the Biblical principle of separation of Church and state; Mark.12:17; James 4:4; II Corinthians. 6:14. Remaining consistent with Biblical standards and not liberal or secular positions, IACEA has chosen not to seek endorsement by either the EAES or COPA, CHEA etc. which are all governmentally influenced accrediting organizations. IACEA is a rapidly growing and respected network of over 500 schools on the cutting edge of Christ-centered, Biblical education.
IACEA is an international membership association of hundreds of Christian educational institutions. Members must pass an evaluation process, leading to theological accreditation for their educational programs in accord with Christian educational standards and institutional integrity through initial and ongoing evaluations. All IACEA member institutions are enabled to demonstrate educational accountability to the Christian educational community. This accountability is demonstrated through documented evidence of compliance with IACEA standards of structure, governance, material resources, policies, faculty and curriculum. Further information concerning our process of evaluation leading to Christian educational accreditation may be obtained by visiting IACEA at: www.ChristianEducationalAccountability.org
NCU is a Theologically Accredited Christian University
As a theologically accredited biblical seminary, we are not required, by the U.S. Dept. of Education or any other agency, to have regional accreditation nor are we subject to governmental or secular oversight. As such, our educational programs are not required to qualify our students for either governmental or secular certification. However, legally, our degrees are classified as theologically accredited and state authorized as exempt, which fully qualifies all degrees from Northwestern Christian University to be recorded professionally both on your resume and in personal employment records. You can be proud of the legitimacy of your Degrees from Northwestern Christian University.
Our ministries are also recognized by the Government of the United States, as a 501( c ) (3) Religious Organization. Since we are considerate of and obedient to all of the laws set by our government, as a Christ centered biblical education ministry, our ultimate authority is God and as such we choose to remain free in our rights to teach degree programs based on the word of God as found in the Holy Bible. However, Because of our legal position based on the U.S. Constitution, NO outside agency has any authority over our educational content regarding our right to teach Bible based educational programs leading to the award of appropriate certificates and degrees.
The Apostle Paul said, "I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God unto salvation for everyone that believes." (Romans 1:16a)
NCU Branch University Leadership Development Program
Introduction to Leadership Development
Whether you are a International Bishop, Bishop, Regional Director, or Director, you all have something in common, and that is that as NCU LEADERS, you are responsible for promoting, managing and developing the NCU Branch University Program. Whether you are just beginning or you have established 5, 10, 20 or 100 or more Branches, you are required to present yourself as a ministry leader who is capable of presenting the vision to others so that they too may join in on the work of making disciples through Bible centered education in fulfillment of the Great Commission.
The purpose of the Leadership Development Program is to provide an understanding of what it is to lead others to believe in your vision. The focus will always be that God is expecting you to do all that is in your strength and ability to do, always knowing that He will carry you past your goals and even you limitations to an area where He will glorify Himself in your work. The idea is that if God has called you to be a LEADER within the NCU Branch Seminary Program, He will lead you to accomplish what He has ordained for you to do. He has allowed you to see the VISION, so that you would obediently respond and fulfill your calling in this great move of God. Our God is expecting you to spread this vision to the world, and step into His vision and calling. You must respond obediently with a willingness to commit your all. Even Jesus had to spread the Good News by sharing it with others in His region. Jesus led and taught by His own example. Do you really want to lead?
Then follow Jesus… Make Disciples of men!
How to Lead as a Bishop (or) Director
What is Leadership? Leadership is influence. Leadership is the ability to obtain followers. There is an old proverb that says, “He who thinketh he leadeth and hath no one following him is only taking a walk.”
Most people define leadership as a position that they have acquired, and not the ability to get followers. This misconception is what frustrates many new Directors as they find themselves struggling to have others accept their vision of establishing a Branch.
The issue is not whether you influence others but what kind of influencer are you, or will you be as a Director? As a Director, the introduction that you provide to others about the NCU Branch University will either influence them to join in with you or to reject the idea. How you present the information and your commitment to the program must be clear to the prospect that you are in communication with. The more you know about the program the easier it will be to emphasize and touch on the key concerns of the prospect.
Begin by reviewing the following key points:
The above are a few of the key questions, which you should be asking yourself in order to identify those areas in which you may need to adjust and improve. Your level of influence as a Leader in the Branch Program can be measured by the answers that you provided for the above questions.
Excitement and Enthusiasm are contagious. Those that witness in you a sense of purpose and excitement with regards to your commitment and dedication to development of the Branch Program, for the making of disciples, will be convinced that you have been called for this purpose.
And we know that God causes All things work together for good to those that love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)
Have you caught the VISION?
God wants you to be excited about the potential of this outreach.
The fact is that our Worldwide NCU Branch Universities are playing a role in the Great Commission of making disciples of all nations. Remember that this is a ministry and not a business. Your primary responsibility is to God first.
Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and then all of these things shall be added unto you. (Mt 6:33)
The Levels of Leadership
Level 1: Position
This is a basic level of leadership. The only influence of leadership you have is that which comes with a title. In this position you may have authority, but leadership is more than authority. A real Director knows the difference between being in charge (the boss) and being a leader (Director). This is illustrated by the following:
The boss drives his followers; the Director coaches them.
The boss depends upon authority; the Director on goodwill.
The boss inspires fear; the Director inspires enthusiasm.
The boss says “I”; the Director, “we.”
The boss fixes the blame for a breakdown; the Director fixes the breakdown.
The boss knows how it is done; the Director shows how.
The boss says “go”; the Director says “let’s go!”
Level 2: Permission
This level of leadership, on the part of the Director, is leading through interrelationships.
Energy and focus are placed on the individual’s needs and desires. Directors who are not able to build solid, lasting relationships will soon find that they are unable to sustain long, effective leadership. You can love ministry and the people without leading them, but you cannot lead people and the ministry without loving them.
Level 3: Production
At this level, you get your team together to accomplish a purpose. Everyone is result-oriented. Results are the main reason for the activity. On this level, things begin to happen, good things.
Level 4: People Development
A Director is effective not because of his or her power, but because of his or her power to empower others. A Director’s main responsibility is developing others to do the work.
Loyalty to the Director and the vision that God has given him reaches its highest peak when the students have personally grown through the mentorship of the Director. The core of Directors who surround you should all be people who you have personally touched or are helping to develop in some way.
Review of Leadership
If God has called you to be a Bishop or Regional Director in the NCU Branch University Program your acceptance of this position requires that you view each of these Levels of Leadership as your role in developing your Branches and their Directors. God will use your work in these areas to open new opportunities and to introduce you to those whom you have been called to influence. You are to plant and water your Branch Universities, and let God produce those that you are to work with and develop to be future Directors. If you will diligently plant and water and nurture, God will give the increase: first 10’s, then 100’s, then 1,000’s then 1,000,000’s fold. All for His Glory…
The fields are white unto harvest but the workers are few… We have been chosen, we are called to produce even more disciples for our Lord’s vineyard.
May your life be filled with the JOY of knowing that you have fulfilled your calling, that you have multiplied your seed and bore much fruit for the Master’s kingdom!
Now, to Him who is able to establish you according to the Gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept for long ages past, but now is manifested and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, has been made known to all the nation’s leading to obedience of faith; to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be the Glory forever. Amen. (Romans 16: 25-27)
May the Lord bless you with multiplication of Disciples for the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ!
Your servants in Christ,
Dr. Howard M. Sarkela: Founder CAM/ WCJC/ NTS/ NCU
Dr. Samuel Galloza: President NCU
Dr. Jefferson T. Ghauri: Vice President CAM International Ministries
Dr. Miguel A. Contreras: Vice President CAM security
Dr. Carlos Molina: Vice President WCJC Spanish Liaison
Dr. Seth M. Lagunda: President, NCU Philippines Fellowships
Interested in opening a NCU University Branch program at your church?
Visit the Ministry Charter Page, on this website, for more information and to submit an online application for affiliation.
Further information on this opportunity is found on the WCHC Charter Application page. Click Here For Charter Application
Those who say they abide in Him, aught also to walk in the same manner as He walked. (I John 2:6)