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Life Pacific College (LPC, also known as LIFE Bible College) now offers undergraduate students five degree concentrations to assist them in specialized learning and ministry formation.

Distinct from a traditional “minor,” the degree concentrations offered at LPC provide students with a broad grounding in particular fields of study where they will develop knowledge and skills for their chosen fields.

Academic Dean Michael Salmeier, Ph.D., emphasizes the benefit of the new concentrations for the students. He says they will focus their academic attention on developing knowledge and skills in an area of study in which they plan to serve and in some cases already are serving.

The new degree concentrations provide several new options for students as they prepare for ministry leadership and will prove to be a significant step forward for the college, according to Vice President and Director of College Relations Angie Richey, M.Ed./M.A.

Degree concentrations offered beginning in the 2013-2014 year are Pastoral Ministry, Youth Ministry, Counseling, Worship Arts, and Intercultural Studies.

In an email to college faculty, Michael Salmeier writes, “The new degree concentrations will help students ‘find’ themselves within the current degree offerings.” He notes that the college is not creating new courses to fill out these concentrations. Instead, he says, the concentrations are arranged from the courses LPC already offers.

Visit the LPC website to see a complete list of courses that make up the new concentrations. LPC has been training leaders since 1923. For the past 90 years, the college has sent out more than 27,000 leaders into nearly 140 countries worldwide.

was an ordained Foursquare minister, Life Pacific University instructor and freelance writer.