The University of ACTS (UOA) is a program designed to bring biblical training to the local church in an effective and culturally relevant manner. The acronym stands for Adult in-Church Training for Service. It involves elements typically found in a university, such as classroom instruction, testing, and a specific curriculum, as well as elements that are not, such as Bible memorization, personal discipleship, character development, and Christian service.
The University of ACTS is an adult training program. Students as young as 15, however, have successfully participated. No prior college experience is necessary. Students must, however, have a strong desire to learn and be willing to allow God to make changes in their lives.
The UOA is not governed or accredited by any outside organization. This leaves the local church free to adapt the training to the needs of its members. Students can expect to find in the UOA the same biblical principles of love, patience, and kindness found in other ministries of the church.
A registrar at each participating church maintains student records and distributes transcripts annually, so that participants can monitor their progress. Diplomas are also awarded annually, usually at a joint meeting of the churches participating in the program.