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What is the GT Leadership Academy (GTLA)?
GTLA is a 9-month Leadership Academy based in West Lawn, PA at one of the largest and most dynamic churches in the Northeast, GT Church. GTLA provides young adults with an amazing opportunity to prepare for ministry which includes development in the areas of Leadership, Academics, Ministry, and Personal Growth.
What is the goal of the GTLA?
Our goal is to see young adults prepared for ministry without the crippling debt that so often accompanies the traditional college degree.
Is GTLA accredited?
Coupling seated and online courses, students will complete the educational requirements for Licensing Level Credentialing with the Assemblies of God, and have the option of transferring credits earned to one of our AG schools to pursue a degree. Articulation agreements already exist with two major universities, and we look towards growing those relationships as time goes on! GTLA itself is not accredited, but through our growing relationships, we hope to see many GTLA students go on for AA or BA degrees.
Do I need a college degree in order to take GTLA courses?
No, you do not need a college degree to apply to GTLA. GTLA is available for anyone who is 18 yrs old or has graduated from high school, offering a great jump-start for those wanting to go on to college, or step right into ministry. A college degree is not a prerequisite for admittance. If you already have a college degree, you may still apply. GTLA is for young adults looking for ministry preparation.
What if I already have a degree?
GTLA offers ministry development and training that goes far beyond the classroom setting. For this reason, individuals who have already finished a degree will still find through GTLA they will gain deeper understanding of the principles and practices of biblical and theological faithfulness as well as personal and professional development in their chosen area of ministry. If your degree is a ministry degree, please contact GTLA to see what classes you already have that may go towards your GTLA Certificate. >>CONTACT US
How long will it take me to complete the entire GTLA program?
GTLA is a 9-month Leadership Academy, which runs from the beginning of September, ending with a Global Team experience the following May. The specific dates for the coming year can be found HERE.
Is GTLA for young adults of any denomination?
GTLA is based at GT Church which is an Assemblies of God church. The doctrine and theology of the program will reflect those distinctives. Students from other Christian backgrounds are welcome as they prepare for ministry in their own contexts.
What if I have more questions?
If you have additional questions, please email us at GTLA@gtaog.org or call 610.678.0266. We look forward assisting you in every step of your journey toward furthering your ministry calling!
What ministry training courses are available?
The academic portion of GTLA is a unique blend of online and seated classes. Four classes are taken in the fall and in the spring semesters. Two of those classes each semester will be online in partnership with Youth Studies Online, and two will be seated classes with our GT School of Ministry. A complete listing of the course descriptions is available here. >>YSO COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
What courses will I be taking?
An overview of the GTLA academic program is available. >>COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
How many courses will I be taking at once?
Four courses will be taken each semester, allowing you to complete the entire GTLA program in 9 months.
Can I join GTLA in the middle of a program?
Because of the way GTLA is structured with development in the areas of Leadership, Academics, Ministry, and Personal Growth, students must commit to the whole 9-month program to participate.
What time are courses held?
For the online portion of GTLA – Anytime, anywhere! You can access your course and participate via our online classroom at any time as long as you have an Internet connection. Students usually need to log in 2-5 times each week, but there is no set course time so you can “attend class” anytime. You can expect to spend 5-7 hours each week per course.
Our seated classes will meet once a week from 6-9pm. Depending on what class you are in, you will meet Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday.
Is it hard to use the online classes?
Not at all. Using the online classroom is similar to using email, your computer at work, or any basic online program. You will find yourself comfortable very soon as you make your way around the online classroom for the online portion of the academic area of GTLA.
How do I interact with my instructor and classmates?
The academic portion of GTLA is a unique blend of online and seated classes. Four classes are taken in the fall and in the spring semesters. Two of those classes each semester will be online in partnership with Youth Studies Online, and two will be seated classes with our GT School of Ministry. A complete listing of the course descriptions is available HERE.
Students find that one of the most exciting advantages to this blend is the ongoing opportunity to interact with instructors and other learners. The seated classes give access to key ministry leaders at GT, and the online experience includes interaction with university level professors in various ways:
– By email: Students and instructors can exchange email addresses at the beginning of each course, which enables ongoing discussion outside of the online classroom.
– By phone: You are free to exchange phone numbers with classmates.
– Using online discussion threads: Some of your favorite interaction will be with your classmates in the online discussions! You will also track topical discussions or respond to questions posed by your instructor.
Financial & Application Info
How much does GTLA cost?
There is a very real and growing concern regarding student debt these days. That is one of the key motivations for the creation of GTLA! Far too many students graduate our traditional colleges and universities with crippling debt that actually prevents them from doing the very ministry they were equipped to do!
That’s why we at GTLA are committed to keeping the price to a minimum while offering the perfect combination of college-level academics and real life ministry training.
The cost for the GTLA program is set at $4,500. Students are responsible for their own food, lodging, and transportation.
Are scholarships available?
GTLA is offered at a substantial discount. However, even this reduced cost can be a challenge for people called into ministry. Churches often are willing to come alongside students who are preparing for ministry by helping them financially. We encourage you to contact your home church to see if they are willing to do this!
Is there a deadline to apply?
Be sure to check the website for application and payment deadlines each year. GTLA begins in September and ends with a Global Team experience in May. Application and payment deadlines are available HERE.
What about meals & housing?
GTLA does not provide housing or meals.
How do I apply to GTLA?
Simply complete the online application. You will then be contacted by our admissions staff with details necessary to register for the program. It’s as simple as that, and there is no Application Fee!
How and when do I register for courses?
Do you have specific start and end dates?
Yes. Each year GTLA will begin in September, and end in May. The specific dates for the coming year can be found HERE.
Can credits earned through GTLA be transferred to another institution?
Each college or seminary retains the prerogative to decide what it will accept as transfer credits. Beyond our relationship with North Central University and the University of Valley Forge, individuals have gone on to pursue degrees at schools like Liberty University. Be sure to check with the institution you want to transfer credits to regarding their policy for accepting transfer credits. GTLA welcomes conversations with colleges and universities regarding transfer of credits.
Can credits earned through another institution be transferred to GTLA?
In order for transfer credits to be considered for GTLA, an email from the student to GTLA@gtaog.org notifying GTLA of the intention to transfer credits and an official printed transcript mailed to GTLA 1110 Snyder Rd, West Lawn, PA 19609 are required. Credit transfers will need to be approved by the GTLA program director.
Contact us with questions you have, and we will walk you through it! There may be some cost reduction if credits transfer.