OBU at New Life Church combines the academic excellence of Ouachita Baptist University and the life-giving ministry of New Life Church to offer a truly unique educational experience. Students earn a fully accredited Associate of Arts degree while participating in hands-on ministry training with NLC pastoral staff. An OBU at New Life Church education prepares students to answer God’s call on their lives, whether He leads them to enter ministry, industry or further education.
The A.A. degree is designed to prepare students for further study in baccalaureate-level college work. For this reason, the mission of OBU at New Life Church is to equip lifelong learners committed to life-giving ministry in the local church.
- Believe. We experience abundant life only in response to the love of God through Jesus Christ (John 10:10).
- Learn. Because “the earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it” (Psalm 24:1), we know our God and His world better when we strive for excellence in teaching, learning, research, and creative expression.
- Grow. Just as Jesus grew “in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man,” we seek to grow the whole person intellectually, spiritually, physically, and socially (Luke 2:52).
- Belong. We promote a vibrant, life-giving community where learning takes place as students share life together.
- Serve. We help students identify their gifts and serve with and through them, to build up the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:15-16).