What if there was a place …
… where the people who were sold out to God and had the fire of His love burning in their hearts could prepare themselves for a life of service and dedication.
… where our Creator revealed what He was doing in this time and His will for your life.
… that developed critical, kingdom thinkers who can overcome challenges and walk in their Divine Destiny.
… that brought real life into the classroom.
… who’s sole method of instruction was intense, deep teaching from men and women that God has used mightily in our day.
… that offered incredible, quality fellowship.
… that understood that the Holy Spirit performs God’s Word, not our ideas, and offered solid teaching relevant to today’s world.
… that prepared it’s students for Radical Christian Living and Ministry that will transform our nation.
… that produced Covenant Thinkers – Generational Thinkers who will build up congregations of families that will produce convenantly raised children to lead our nation and the evangelism of the world.
… that believed in the Five Fold Ministry:
Prophets, God – called spokesman who forth-tell and fore-tell
the counsel of the Lord.
Evangelists, – called fire brands that are challenging and confrontational servants that are on the cutting edge of witnessing and winning souls.
Pastors, God – called shepherds who constantly protect and
care for the sheep.
Teachers, God – called dissectors of the Word of God, feeding
the milk and the meat of the Word to the rest
of the Body. (Eph. 4:11-12)
Apostles, God – called leadership taking the role of a servant.
At Higher Ground, we have a very different style of ministry training. If you got saved into an Independent, On Fire, Full Gospel Church and God called you into the ministry, you might indeed be surprised to see what would await you in most of the nations bible colleges. Coming from that background, you might just have your first chance ever of dealing with “dead Christians”. In some of those schools as many as one third or more of the class will fall away from Christianity!
What else would one expect when the schools are not led by the Spirit of God but rather spend so much of their time teaching Church History and material that is irrelevant to ministry in this New Millennium. They spend time learning “Great Theological Arguments” that will never win the lost in our cities. Some spend weeks learning the Ontological, Telelogical and Cosmological
Arguments to prove the existence of God. (blah!) Talk about being a “Fire Extinguisher”.
There is very little of that thought that is relevant to the “cutting edge” ministry of today. How can you historically rationalize the Love of God to a kid strung out on heroin or crack? How can you use the Cosmological Argument to a fifteen year old prostitute to tell her (or him) that Jesus is real. She has already been in fornication with over a thousand different men. Your “theology” just won’t cut through that work of the devil. That’s why the church is so powerless today. What will break through that?
At Georgetown University back in the 1980’s, Henry Kissenger taught the Foreign Policy class. He had been the U.S. Secretary of State during the Nixon years. He is credited with many foreign policy advances. When he taught Foreign Policy he did not just stand in front of the class and tell you what Plato thought about Foreign Policy. He did not stand there and read to the class from the writings of Aristotle. NO WAY! He sat on the edge of the desk and relived to the class the history making experiences that he had been involved in. The class sat on the edge of their seats as they soaked in the inner thoughts of one of the great statesman of all time … who just happened to be there LIVE, pouring into them!
What if there was a bible college like that … orientated to the ministry? God has given that vision to us here at Higher Ground for this Bible College.
This is a bible college that is only interested in what works. We have the leaders in their fields coming to Train By Impartation the things that the Lord has taught them.
Do you want to live like Jesus did and do what He did? Then one of the most important things that needs to happen, is that the church needs to stop PLAYING CHURCH and must start BEING REAL with people! We must stop piously prancing about and start showing people the real Jesus … the Jesus who loves the lost, and is not repulsed by them! The Jesus who hates “the traditions of men” and is repulsed by “self consuming bless me clubs”.
How can we expect to reach this LOST generation:
if we cannot speak their language;
if we cannot relate to their culture;
if we cannot love them in spite of their flaws;
if we cannot feel their pain?
Isn’t that how Jesus would have ministered? Isn’t He our role model?
Will our generation be counted worthy to enter the promised land?
Our purpose is making disciples
Are you tired of low-impact living?
What is God’s Ultimate Purpose for your life?
28 Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.
We need to make “WARRIORS” for The Kingdom
(The difference between a soldier and a warrior is this: a warrior is someone who has been to battle)
The harvest is Great but the laborers are few.
Every person, every corporation, every cause, in order to stay on target and to reach full potential and productivity, needs goals to be set. In spiritual things, the Bible calls it … VISION. (Prov. 29:18)
Isa 43:18-19 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
Higher ground is a very unique college. When you see its history you will see why.
During his childhood, Founder and Chancellor Pastor D.G. Massad, Jr., grew up as a catholic. Raised in a middle class family in Massachusetts there was an early calling on his life. Through a series of “divine interventions” he met Jesus Christ in a very personal way. After growing through the early steps of Christianity in an independent, on fire, full gospel church, Pastor had his first introduction to “dead Christians” in bible college. Having seen the power of the Holy Spirit and the miracles of God first hand he could not understand how those appointed to train the warriors of the army of God could be so cold, distant and clueless. It was clear to him that the bible colleges of today had not kept up with what God was doing in this day.
Leaving after the first year, God gave him a vision for a school that would train students in things that were relevant to the ministry today. It was clear to him that we needed a new generation of leadership, a group of modern apostles, led by the spirit, innovators, fearless Men and Women who place the well-being of their congregations and disciples ahead of their personal careers, big ministries, and outdated institutions. The current system clearly is a train moving at a 100 miles per hour heading toward the proverbial brick wall.
What happened to the powerful people of faith of today? How did we end up at a point where we have so few? A decline in courage may be the most striking feature which an outside observer notices in our nation and the church in our days. Many have lost their courage, both individually and as a whole – in each denomination, each church and of course in the hearts of so many of God’s servants. Such a decline in courage is particularly noticeable among the leadership and the spiritual elite, causing an impression of loss of courage by all of Christendom. They base church policies and doctrine on weakness and cowardice. So very many get tongue tied when they deal with powerful special interests in the church or in society.
From ancient times a decline in courage has been considered the beginning of the end. There are meaningful warnings which history gives a threatened or perishing society. Some of them are, for example, the decadence of art, the lack of great statesmen. Yes the fight for our nation, physical and spiritual, is a fight of cosmic proportions and it is well under way. The forces of evil have begun their decisive offensive.
Destructive and irresponsible freedom has been granted boundless space. Society appears to have little defense against the abyss of human decadence. The misuse of liberty for moral violence against young people is rampant and can be seen in motion pictures full of pornography, crime and horror. It is considered to be part of freedom and theoretically counterbalanced by the young people’s right not to look or not to accept. Life organized legalistically has thus shown its inability to defend itself against the corrosion of evil.
All individual human rights were granted because man is God’s creature. That is, freedom was given to the individual conditionally, in the assumption of his constant religious responsibility. It would have seemed quite impossible, in America’s early days, that an individual could be granted boundless freedom simply for the satisfaction of his instincts or whims. Subsequently, however, all such limitations were discarded when a total liberation occurred from the moral heritage of Christianity. Despite a history of centuries with their great reserves of mercy, sacrifice and moral standards, the church as a whole dropped the “moral ball”. State systems were expected to take over in our new “socially conscious” age. The result was a society that became totally materialistic. Selfish thinking has reached its final dimension and the world has wound up in a harsh spiritual crisis and many political impasses. All the glorified technological achievements of progress, including the conquest of outer space, do not redeem the Twentieth Century’s moral poverty.
On a world scale our situation is becoming increasingly dramatic. There is a disaster, however, which has already been underway for quite some time. I am referring to the calamity of a despiritualized and irreligious humanistic consciousness. We have lost the concept of a Supreme Complete Being which used to restrain our passions and our irresponsibility. We have placed too much hope in political and social reforms, only to find out that we were being deprived of our most prized possession: our spiritual life.
The only road back is a total commitment to our Lord Jesus Christ. That is why Higher Ground Bible College has been founded. It is a place that will produce many powerful people of faith … today!
Teachers & Staff
We believe that the concept of having “First Hander’s” teach their subject matter to hungry young servants of God is in fact, the most Biblical method for preparing people for the ministry:
2 Tim 2:2 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
Not only is it a truth that the Bible declares, it is a truth that is recognized by seasoned men of God:
”The Theological Seminaries need to pay vastly more intention to growth in grace of their students. They need a professor of experimental religion, who has experience and power enough to press them along into higher regions of Christian experience which are essential to their being able to lead the Church on to victory. It is amazing to see how little effort is made to cultivate the heart of young men studying for the ministry. We must have a change in this respect. A much higher standard of Christian experience must be required as a condition of ordination.
Is it any wonder that the Church of God is so feeble and inefficient, while the leaders and teachers are, many of them, mere children in spiritual knowledge, while a ripe Christian experience is made no part of the indispensable education of a minister? Why, this is infinitely more dangerous and ridiculous than to entrust men to lead an army in the field, while they merely understand mathematics, and never have had any training or experience in military matters.
In this respect, too there must be a great change. Churches should refuse to ordain and receive pastors, unless they are fully satisfied of their having made much progress in Christian experience, so as to be able to lead on, and keep the Church awake.”