New Vanguard Church Partnership made for mutual spiritual and financial benefit

The Johnson Advancement teams have created the Vanguard Church Partnership so that Johnson and churches can work together to equip Christian leaders.

Vanguard churches will spiritually, financially and promotionally support Johnson and will receive financial and educational support in return.

Vanguard churches will pray for students and faculty, promote school educational opportunities and events, provide opportunities for school advancement and student recruiting, and financially support Johnson University. 

In addition, Johnson will provide scholarships for church member students and discounted tuition opportunities for church staff, free and discounted registrations to school events and enrichment seminars for church leaders and ministry staff, discounts on facility rentals and guest housing on Johnson’s campuses and recognition on the Johnson University website and school social media.

Director of Church and Alumni Relations Tyson Chastain has been promoting the new partnership.

Johnson has never had an official church partnership program because of the financial risks involved with church partnerships. Several sister schools have church partnerships, but Chastain said that these could have adverse financial impacts on the schools. 

“Johnson is dedicated to financial responsibility and was hesitant to establish a partnership program with a potential to financially drain University resources,” Chastain said.

The Advancement teams have spent the last two years creating a partnership that will benefit churches with no adverse financial effects on Johnson.

There are three tiers of financial support that churches can give through annually. Each tier provides different benefits of scholarship distribution, different uses of campus facilities and different numbers of free registrations to Johnson events.

Such events include their Church Leadership Conference, PURSUE conference and Senior Saints events.

All unused church funds will go into a Vanguard Church Partner Scholarship Fund. 

The “Vanguard” name originated from a donor support letter written by president Alva Ross Brown of the original Johnson Bible College. He addressed donors as the “Beloved Old Guard” who supported the school in hard economic times. 

“Vanguard” refers to a group of people leading the way in new developments or ideas.

“The Vanguard Church Partners program is designed to inspire a group of people to lead the way in the future of Johnson University,” Chastain said. 

For further infomration, See the VCP outline for distribution form and the VCP application form.

For more questions about Vanguard Partnership, contact the Director of Church Relations at Johnson University by calling 865‐251‐2141 or emailing

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