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Lauren Day

Lauren Day is the founder and president of GoodBuzz Solutions. She worked five years in Washington, D.C. and was named in 2014 by Red Alert Politics as one of 30 people under the age of 30 that “was influencing conversations and actions inside circles of political power.” Lauren’s worked in marketing and communications at a political training organization, three universities (including Austin Grad), the U.S. Capitol, a media corporation, a private engineering firm, with missionaries abroad, and at two worldwide PR and advertising agencies. She's a graduate of both Abilene Christian University (B.S.) and Syracuse University (M.S. & M.A.), married to Nate, and enjoying raising their first baby, Jackson Josiah.
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Austin Grad's Alumni: who they are, in their words

Posted by Lauren Day on August 9, 2017 at 9:30 AM

This past spring, we surveyed alumni of Austin Grad in an effort to assist in the re-accrediation process, which comes every 10 years with a five-year renewal. Plus, we were curious about what alumni were doing now.

The findings shared in this article come from alumni who the school had email addresses for that took the time to submit the online survey. Through their online responses, they share:

  • their current state of residence
  • the degree(s) they acquired from Austin Grad/Institute for Christian Studies
  • their gender
  • the kind of role they've worked in since graduation
  • how well Austin Grad prepared them for ministry and further studies
  • what aspect of education at Austin Grad/ICS has been the most helpful or influential 
  • if they have already or would recommend Austin Grad
  • their interest personally or know others who would be interested in additional programs (i.e.: M.Div) through Austin Grad
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Topics: About Austin Grad

13 FAQs of Prospective Seminary Students *with infographics*

Posted by Lauren Day on July 6, 2017 at 9:30 AM

Maybe you've been considering seminary for awhile, but something has been holding you back and you haven't taken the leap. Perhaps now is the time.

In my former role with the seminary I talked with prospective students over the phone, emailed with them, messaged with them on Facebook, conversed over Twitter,  texted details, and on occasion gave them tours of Austin Grad.  Routinely, they asked the same or similar questions. Read on for the cliff notes (with pictures, student video testimonials, faculty quotes, and alumni stories) on most everything you need to know to begin your journey at Austin Grad. 

Questions addressed are: 

1. What degree programs do you offer? Are they accredited?
2. What courses are offered for each? Can I transfer my existing credits into your program?
3. What types of jobs can I get with this degree? 
4. How's the classroom experience?
5. How do I fund my studies?
6. I don't live in Central Texas. Can I still attend?
7. What's your seminary's theological philosophy?
8. How will I conduct research?
9. I'll be a non-traditional student. Is that a problem?
10. I'm younger. Is that a problem?
11.  I'm working and volunteering plus have a family -- I'm really busy.  How can I go to school on top of all my existing responsibilities? 
12. How long has your seminary been around? What's your story?
13. I don't want to do this alone. Can my family/others join me?

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Your Summer 2017 Invite to Study Theology at Austin Grad

Posted by Lauren Day on May 11, 2017 at 9:30 AM

Take a break and study God's word with us this summer at Austin Graduate School of Theology. 

In addition to the accredited B.A. and M.A. degree programs, anyone can audit on-campus courses for just $50/course tuition plus a $25 per semester campus fee. As an auditor, you don't receive college credit and are not required to take exams or submit assignments. It's a great way to deep dive into the Bible and theology. We'd love to have you with us.  Which of these Summer 2017 on-campus courses sound appealing? 

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Topics: About Austin Grad

Give us your feedback and win $50 gift card

Posted by Lauren Day on December 15, 2016 at 9:30 AM

We launched the Christian Studies blog in April 2015 with the intent to provide practical scholarship for the Church. We've published 168 articles, had more than 31,000 visits, and now have more than 520 loyal subscribers that receive our articles either instantly, weekly, or monthly into their email inboxes. 
We thank you for reading our faculty and guest author's articles and hope that you are being better equipped as a follower of Christ. To better serve you in 2017, we'd like to request your feedback through an 11-question survey. Those who complete the survey will be entered to win one of three $50 Visa gift cards.  We will mail it to the address you provide in the survey.
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Topics: About Austin Grad

Our Thanksgiving gift to you

Posted by Lauren Day on November 24, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Happy Thanksgiving! Hopefully you're with loved ones cherishing the bountiful blessings God has bestowed on us this year. 

We are so grateful for you and your continued interest in the Christian Studies blog. During this season of giving, we would like to offer you an additional opportunity to increase your knowledge. What better gift is there than the opportunity to know God better through studying his Word with theological scholars committed to serving the church?

As our gift to you, between now and Wednesday, Nov. 30 you (and anyone you share this with!) can get 33% off one on-campus Spring 2017 course for audit at Austin Grad. But, you must act quick! This gift expires after Nov. 30 at 11:59 p.m.

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Topics: About Austin Grad, On-Topic Today

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