To circumvent the isolation and expense of Christian colleges, six evangelicals meeting in Wisconsin August 15 announced incorporation of Skyline Christian Institute, a satellite residential-study center for students attending secular colleges in San Diego, California. It plans to open next fall.

The idea originated with the Rev. Derric Johnson, college and music director of the Skyline Wesleyan Church in suburban San Diego, biggest in The Wesleyan Church. The head of the institute is the Rev. George Failing, 55, who has been editor of the Wesleyan Methodist and public-relations director of Houghton College.

A statement said most Christian colleges suffer from a “sterile, isolated atmosphere.” Under the plan, students would take twelve hours a semester at San Diego State College, the University of California at San Diego, or one of the six other schools in the area. These schools have not yet been consulted on the plan. Students would live in apartment houses near the Skyline church and take four to six hours of work each semester in Christian thought and service. Completion of a B.A. program would take five years. The institute will offer no credit and give no grades. No tuition will be charged and Failing said interested laymen are expected to provide the financial backing. The design limits students to 200. The first-year faculty is seven or eight.

The institute’s seven-part “Commitment of Faith” expresses evangelical doctrines while avoiding the Calvinist-Arminian controversy, though all six founders are from conservative Wesleyan circles. There are no student rules such as most Christian colleges apply, but Failing said students will be expected to behave like those preparing for Christian leadership.

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