We are enrolling our son in a unique ministry program with a curriculum that includes courses in:
- Practical Ministry (including servant leadership, team-building, communication, financial management)
- Discipleship (2 levels)
- Emotional Intelligence & Health
- Life Skills
- Debate (e.g., apologetics)
- Biblical Literature
In addition, students participate in hands-on community ministry and seminary-type devotions.
This "is not an accredited academic program" (from the student handbook), but the organization partners with "a regionally-accredited college," which is on the DOE's FAFSA's list. Students in the program earn college credit toward their BA degrees as well as credits that can be applied toward their pastoral licenses.
Tuition for the program includes room & board (meals for 5 days a week) and covers the costs of all ministry-related work & trips. Students also participate at least once a semester in work days that raise additional funds to help defray program expenses.
This unique ministry program is not on the DOE's list, but (as noted) its partner school is, which leads to the obvious question: Are tuition & other expenses (e.g., computer) 529-eligible?
Thanks to any who can offer insight...