Church Relations

Covenant Church Program

How the CC Program Works

The Covenant Church Program (CCP) was created to strengthen and enhance the relationship with our local church partners. KCU is indebted to the churches that have supported the school during its over 100-year history and the CCP is a way we can help churches promote Christian higher education. At KCU, we want to cultivate the Biblical concept of covenant with our Church Partners. Just as Abraham was blessed by his covenant relationship with God, we desire a mutually beneficial relationship with local churches. Here is how the program works:

Pray
Commit to praying for our students, our faculty, our staff, and potential students from your church as KCU continues to train Christian leaders.  

Provide Financial Support
Covenant Church Partners support KCU with a minimum of $2,400 per year.

Prepare Students
We are passionate about the Great Commission and are calling upon our Covenant Church Partners to be proactive in introducing traditional age and second career students to the opportunities that KCU offers.

Promote
Covenant Churches are encouraged to promote the high calling of Christian ministry from the pulpit and throughout the various activities of the church.

Place
We request that you add a KCU website link on the church’s website: The link will provide information about the benefits of the Covenant Church program as well as other opportunities available at KCU.

Covenant Church Benefits

The CCP offers three tiers of church partnership. The tiers are based upon annual giving amounts.

Tier 1 – $10,000 or more per year
Tier 2 – $5,000 to $9,999 per year
Tier 3 – $2,400  to $4,999 per year

KCU is pleased to offer Covenant Churches the following benefits based upon their tiered giving levels.

Discounts to the following

• 3 FREE Registrations to special events on campus

• 6 FREE Registrations to all conferences held on campus

➢ 10% off additional registrations to conferences

Additional Benefits

  • FREE use of campus facilities for youth retreats, conferences, or other events (based on availability).
  • Pastors and their staff will have access to our weekend retreat housing.
  • Listing as a Tier 1 Covenant Church Sponsor on KCU’s website.

Discounts to the following

• 2 FREE Registrations to special events on campus

• 4 FREE Registrations to all conferences held on campus

➢ 10% off additional registrations to conferences

Additional Benefits

  • FREE use of campus facilities for youth retreats, conferences, or other events (based on availability).
  • Pastors and their staff will have access to our weekend retreat housing.
  • Listing as a Tier 2 Covenant Church Sponsor on KCU’s website.

Discounts to the following

  • 1 FREE Registration to special events on campus
  • 2 FREE Registrations to all conferences held on campus
    ➢ 10% off additional registrations to conferences

Additional Benefits

  • Pastors and their staff will have access to our weekend retreat housing.
  • Listing as a Tier 3 Covenant Church Sponsor on KCU’s website.

Scholarships

Student Scholarships

Full-time CCP members receive an annual, renewable $2,000 scholarship. This scholarship is in addition to all other financial aid awarded to the student (not to exceed 100% tuition). Receiving Federal or State financial assistance based on financial need may reduce a portion of or eliminate the Covenant Church Scholarship in order to maintain the government assistance a student already qualifies for.

Special Covenant Church Scholarships for Undergraduate Ministry Students

At KCU, we continue to be committed to the training of students for vocational ministry. Because of that commitment, we created a Special Covenant Church Scholarship that will be awarded to full-time ministry students who are members of a participating Covenant Church.

KCU’s Keeran School of Bible and Ministry offers preparation for vocational ministry in the following areas:

Preaching Ministry, Youth and Family Ministry, Worship, Christian Leadership, Missions, Small Group Ministry, Campus Ministry, Pastoral Care, and Advanced Biblical Studies.

The annual scholarship will be awarded to vocational ministry majors using a tiered format as follows:

  • First Year: $5,000
  • Second Year: $6,000
  • Third Year: $7,000
  • Fourth Year: $8,000

Staff Scholarships

Full-time staff members of a CCP member church receive a 20% tuition scholarship in the Keeran School of Bible and Ministry in KCU’s Masters Degree Program. This scholarship cannot be combined with the Alumni Discount.

Other Discounts

As your church generously supports the University with its prayers, students, and finances, KCU is pleased that we can be a valuable resource to your entire congregation.

If you have any questions about the Covenant Church Program please contact Vicky Madden at 606-474-3118 or vmadden@kcu.edu.

Scholarship Policies And Procedures

The Covenant Church scholarship program is designed for those churches that financially support the educational ministry of Kentucky Christian University. Through this program, students and full-time staff at qualified churches are eligible for significant financial assistance when they enroll as full-time students at Kentucky Christian University. There is no limit to the number of scholarships that may be awarded as long as the recipients meet all qualifications. The following policies and procedures describe the “covenant” relationship between KCU and churches participating in the program.

To Qualify for the Covenant Church Program a Church Must:

  • Submit a Letter of Commitment agreeing to financially support KCU at a minimum of $2,400 per year and have a history of giving to KCU for at least 12 months. If a church is in the process of becoming a qualified Covenant Church, students will receive the scholarship during the next full semester after all qualifications are met. (All gifts to the University must be unrestricted, i.e. general fund gifts. Individuals can not designate a financial contribution through the church to the benefit of a specific student as this is a violation of the Federal Internal Revenue Code.)
  • Assign a representative from the Church who will promote the Covenant Church Scholarship to church staff, its college-bound youth and their parents and promote the educational ministry of KCU. This will be accomplished in partnership with the Admissions Department at KCU.
  • Provide a KCU website link: This link on the church’s webpage (where applicable) will provide information about the benefits of the Covenant Church program as well as other opportunities available at KCU.
  • Promote the covenant relationship between KCU and the Church by presenting the Covenant Church Scholarship to qualified church staff and/or students.

To Qualify for the Covenant Church Scholarship a Student Must:

  • Be an active member of a qualified Covenant Church.
  • Submit a KCU Covenant Church Student Scholarship Referral Form signed by the church treasurer or other church representative stating that the student is an active member of the congregation. The referral form must be received by the Office of Enrollment Services no later than July 1st for new students enrolling in the fall semester and by December 1st for new students enrolling in the spring semester. The referral form only needs to be submitted once as long as the student is continuously enrolled as a full-time student at KCU.
  • Meet the requirements of Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards as outlined in the KCU catalog.

Please note the following:

  • Qualified traditional students receive an annual, renewable $2,000 scholarship with undergraduate ministry students receiving a special scholarship as noted above.  (General KCU Scholarship Guidelines apply)
  • Full-time church staff receives a 20% tuition scholarship in the KCU Keeran School of Bible & Ministry Graduate Program.
  • The maximum total of KCU scholarships awarded cannot exceed 100% of tuition.
  • Students qualify only if their home church is a Covenant Church Partner. Students transferring their membership to KCU area churches that are already Covenant Church Partners with the University do not qualify for the Covenant Church Scholarship.
  • The Covenant Church Scholarship cannot be used in combination with athletic scholarships.

Covenant Church Partners

Thank you to all the churches who have partnered with us!

Cherry Avenue Christian Church, Charlottesville VA
Indian Creek Christian Church, Cynthiana KY
Jessamine Christian Church, Nicholasville KY
Oak Grove Church of Christ, Grayson KY
Orrville Christian Church, Orrville OH
South Side Church of Christ, Washington Court House OH
Sunbury Christian Church, Sunbury OH
Westerville Christian Church, Westerville OH

Broadway Christian Church, Lexington KY
Buckeye Christian Church, Grove City OH
Campbellsville Christian Church, Campbellsville KY
Carlisle Christian Church, Carlisle KY
Carter Christian Church, Grayson KY
Centerburg Church of Christ, Fredericktown OH
Central Church of Christ, Portsmouth OH
Christ's Church of Effingham, Effingham IL
Christview Christian Church, Winchester KY
Claypool Hill Church of Christ, Pounding Mill VA
Columbia Christian Church, Columbia KY
Community Christian Church, Metropolis IL
Cumberland Christian Church, Cumberland IN
Dry Run Church of Christ, West Portsmouth OH
First Christian Church, Brazil IN
First Christian Church, Elizabethtown KY
First Christian Church, Kernersville NC
First Christian Church, Malvern OH
First Christian Church, Sullivan IN
First Church of Christ, Barberton OH
First Church of Christ, Grayson KY
First Church of Christ, Lawrenceburg IN
First Church of Christ, Xenia OH
Fords Branch Church of Christ, Pikeville KY
Gateway Christian Church, Mt Sterling KY
Gateway Christian Church, St Albans WV
Georgetown Christian Church, Georgetown IN
Greenford Christian Church, Greenford OH
Greenwood Christian Church, Canton OH
Hales Chapel Christian Church, Gray TN
Heath Church of Christ, Heath OH
Highland Christian Church, Maysville KY
Jamestown Church of Christ, Jamestown OH
Jefferson Christian Church, Rural Hall NC
Lakeview Christian Church, Akron OH
Licking Valley Church of Christ, Newark OH
Lower Grassy Church of Christ, Grayson KY
Macedonia Christian Church, Williamston NC
Maple View Church of Christ, Bluefield WV
Marlboro Christian Church, Alliance OH
Meadow View Church of Christ, Frazeysburg OH
North Madison Christian Church, Madison IN
North Park Church of Christ, Columbus OH
Northside Christian Church, Wadsworth OH
Oak Grove Christian Church, Beckley WV
Park Christian Church, Dennison OH
Parkview Christian Church, Findlay OH
Pinedale Christian Church, Winston Salem NC
Pricetown Church of Christ, Hillsboro OH
Quincy Church of Christ, Quincy KY
Raceland Christian Church, Raceland KY
Russell Springs Christian Church, Russell Spgs KY
Shelby Christian Church, Shelbyville KY
Smithfield Christian Church, Smithfield VA
Spencer Christian Church, Fisherville KY
Station Camp Christian Church, Irvine KY
Sugar Grove Christian Church, Owingsville KY
Tates Creek Christian Church, Lexington KY
Tri-Village Christian Church, Pataskala OH
Vanceburg Christian Church, Vanceburg KY
Vansant Church of Christ, Vansant VA
West Liberty Christian Church, West Liberty KY
West Union Church of Christ, West Union OH
Williamstown Christian Church, Williamstown KY
Worthington Christian Church, Columbus OH

Well Equipped

“I look back at my four years at Kentucky Christian University often and fondly. The classes were relevant, the professors were genuine, and the campus was focused on the schools mission: Christ, Character, Career. I was well equipped to minister to and lead worship in the hundreds of congregations we visit each year as the band “64 to Grayson”. If I went back and was faced with the choice to go to KCU again, I would do it in a heartbeat.”

Zack Shelton, Class of 2013

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