On Friday, June 5 the Clearwater Christian College (CCC) board of directors announced, that after nearly 50 years of ministry, the college would close.1 This is yet another once thriving fundamentalist, separatist school, closing its doors.
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“From the front pew” it has been my sorrow to observe CCC’s decline over the past 13 years. From a college with a strong following of biblical fundamental pastors and churches, CCC appeared to have lost her way. Many reasons will be given for the doors of CCC closing. Some will cite economics, a dwindling number of conservative churches, low student enrollment and competition from other colleges. Although all of the above no doubt contribute to the demise of CCC; I suggest from my vantage point that the leadership of the college over the past 10 years steered the college away from its founder’s purpose, philosophy and vision.For Pastor Smith's complete article please see, From the Front Pew: This Pastor’s Perspective on the Closure of Clearwater Christian College at his From the Heart of a Shepherd blog.
CCC joins Pillsbury, Tennessee Temple, Calvary (Lansdale) and Northland in closure. There will be more because in most of these closings we have seen that a school's administration cannot depart from its founding purpose, philosophy and vision, which alienates the core constituency, and expect to survive.
1) Message from the Board of Directors
Also by Pastor Smith, Catering to Carnality: The Spiritual Decline of Christian Schools, Colleges & Universities
“Catering to carnality” has become the policy of many Christian administrators and institutions who are minimizing spiritual principles and Bible convictions, while serving the whims of youth who lack core convictions, godly wisdom, insight, and spiritual discernment.NIU Closes: The Continuation of the Pattern of Demise
What Does NIU, Pillsbury, Tennessee Temple Have in Common?
Calvary Baptist Seminary (Lansdale): “They Are Accountable for Failure and Won't Own Up to It.”