Eighty years ago, Northwest University began preparing men and women to serve their world in the love of Christ and the power of the Spirit. For nearly a quarter of this time, NU has provided vibrant and effective nontraditional programs designed for individuals who desire to deepen and broaden their knowledge and skills, but cannot relocate to the Kirkland campus.
The Church Partnership Program (CPP) is birthed out of NU's deep respect for the local church's influence and effectiveness to generate change on a local, regional, national, and worldwide stage. Both the church and university are more effective when coordinating their efforts as a team.
The CPP program is uniquely designed with a balance of academic rigor, student support, and real-life application. The ministry opportunities available through the local church blend with Northwest's academic resources. These two aspects combine sensitivity to individual callings with sound pragmatic instruction. Northwest and the local site coordinate their efforts as students develop personally, socially, spiritually, and professionally to fulfill their God-planned design.
The goal of the Church Partnership Program is for NU and the church partner to each bring their unique skills and strengths so that it is difficult to clearly identify when the "academics" end and the "practical" begins. The theoretical footing provided by many of Northwest's courses is critical to students' applied ministry in the same way that a house cannot exist without its foundation.
The CPP Site is promoted cooperatively: the university provides an initial brochure and cost sheet, while the church uses its influence avenues to publicize the program. The site, in coordination with NU, provides additional materials, promotional displays, and other marketing supplies.
Northwest's Discovery learning management system provides learning materials, reference links, assignments, discussion forums, and other support features needed by students, except textbooks.
Whenever possible, the CPP blends face-to-face and online courses, depending on the program size and the number of qualified local faculty. It's the best of both worlds: the flexibility of online education and the strength of weekly personal instruction.