Category Archives: Interdenominational

Oral-Roberts

Oral Roberts University Graduate School of Theology & Ministry

Oral Roberts University (ORU) ,based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the United States, is an interdenominational, Charismatic Christian, comprehensive university with an enrollment of about 3,790 students from 49 U.S. states along with a significant number of international students from 70 countries. Founded in 1963, the university is named for its late founder, evangelist Oral Roberts, and is the largest Charismatic Christian university in the world.

The school fronts on South Lewis Avenue between East 75th Street and East 81st Street in South Tulsa. Sitting on a 500-acre (2.0 km2) campus, ORU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), and offers over 65 undergraduate degree programs along with a number of masters and doctoral degrees. ORU is classified as Doctoral/Research University by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. ORU was also ranked as one of 123 institutions in the 2009 “Best in the West” regional list produced by The Princeton Review.

According to the university it was founded by Oral Roberts in 1963 “as a result of the evangelist Oral Roberts’ obeying God’s mandate to build a university on God’s authority and the Holy Spirit. God’s commission to Oral Roberts was to ‘Raise up your students to hear My voice, to go where My light is dim, where My voice is heard small, and My healing power is not known, even to the uttermost bounds of the earth. Their work will exceed yours, and in this I am well pleased’.” The first students enrolled in 1965.

The school was accredited in 1971 by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It is also accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. Oral Roberts’ son Richard Roberts was named president in 1993. In October 2007 Roberts took a leave of absence, citing a lawsuit filed by former ORU professors. Tulsa evangelist Billy Joe Daugherty and Oral Roberts were named executive regent and interim president of the university amid a widely publicized scandal and Richard Roberts resigned the following month.

In October 2007 the school was reportedly “struggling financially” with over $50 million in debt. ORU’s operating budget for 2007-2008 was more than $82 million. However, in the second quarter of 2009, the university’s debt was reduced to $720,000 as of result of a number of simultaneous efforts including a $70 million gift from the Green family of Oklahoma City and the $25 Million Dollar Matching Campaign, a part of the university’s Renewing the Vision effort. On September 23, 2009, it was announced at the end of the university’s chapel service that all of the university’s long-term debt obligations had been met and the school was debt-free.

In January 2009, the university’s presidential search committee recommended Dr. Mark Rutland, President of Southeastern University in Florida, to succeed Richard Roberts, which the Board of Trustees approved. Rutland took office on July 1, 2009 as the third president.

ORU’s graduate program in Theology and Ministry is focused solely on developing men and women of God who are leaders in Christian ministry, both for service in churches throughout the United States and in churches and missions worldwide. The program is an international school including students representing many nations in attendance. The education you receive through the graduate program will immerse you deeply in the teachings of the Bible and equip you with the theological training you need to confidently lead others in the path directed by the Holy Spirit.

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Regent University School of Divinity

Regent University School of Divinity is a multidenominational seminary that provides Biblically-grounded theological training from a renewal perspective, emphasizing the vital role of the Holy Spirit in spiritual transformation. Programs are focused on the academic, leadership and spiritual expansion of its students, preparing to fulfill their vocational callings as pastors, chaplains, professors, missionaries and other ministry professionals. The School of Divinity offers degrees in Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Divinity and Master of Arts.

Pat Robertson is the Chancellor & CEO of Regent University while Amos Yong serves as the Dean of the School of Divinity. Dr. Yong is also the Rodman Williams Professor of Theology and a Pentecostal Theologian.

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World Mission University

On September 28, 1988, the Oriental Mission Church implemented a special committee to pray about the need for a new seminary for training missionaries, pastors, and lay leaders. When the meeting adjourned, the seed that would become World Mission Theological Seminary had been planted. In March 1989, World Mission Theological Seminary started with thirty-two students and Rev. Dong Sun Lim was appointed as the first President.

World Mission Theological Seminary was authorized to issue the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees in 1991, and the Bachelor of Arts degree in 1992 by the California Department of Education. In 1993, the name of the institution was changed from World Mission Theological Seminary to World Mission University to reflect the school’s broader offering of programs.

In August 2003, the institution moved to a new location in Koreatown, a center of downtown Los Angeles. In 2004, World Mission University achieved Candidate Status with the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). Today, World Mission University is accredited by both the Association of Biblical Higher Education and the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. World Mission University also has Candidate Status with the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. All three accrediting agencies are members of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and recognized by the United States Department of Education.

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Regent College

Founded in 1968, Regent College is a transdenominational graduate school of theology located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and is housed in a three-level building. The campus is on the farther side of Vancouver City, and the College is housed in a three-level building. Regent is affiliated with the University of British Columbia (UBC) and is part of the consortium of theological schools on the UBC campus. Regent College is an evangelical school that seeks to cultivate intelligent, vigorous, and joyful commitment to Jesus Christ, His church and His world. Regent College also remains true to orthodox faith as recorded in the Scriptures.

Regent College currently offers four distinct graduate degree programs – Diploma in Christian Studies (DipCS), Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS), Master of Divinity (MDiv) and Master of Theology (ThM). Some of the programs that fall under these concentrations include: Old Testament; Missions & Evangelism; New Testament; Biblical Studies; Marketplace Theology; Family & Community; and Church History. Today, over 600 students are enrolled in the Regent and coming from over 40 foreign countries and representing more than 30 denominations. Moreover, Regent College has produced more than 4,000 graduates and 17,000 former students worldwide.

Dr. Rod Wilson has served as the current president of Regent College since 2000. He is also the Professor of Counselling and Psychology.

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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary – Charlotte Campus

SEMINARY REVIEW – Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Main Campus (Hamilton)

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (GCTS) in Charlotte, North Carolina exists to equip men and women who, as committed servants of Christ, are disciplined in mind, eager to learn, and sensitive to the needs of the world. Gordon-Conwell in Charlotte primarily serves students from the Southeast and its sought-after degree programs have attracted students from other U.S. States and each major continent.

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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary – Boston Campus

SEMINARY REVIEW: Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary – Hamilton Campus

SEMINARY REVIEW: Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary – Charlotte Campus

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary’s (GCTS) Boston campus, called the Center for Urban Ministerial Education (CUME) provides ministerial training for urban pastors and church leaders in Boston and throughout the United States. Gordon-Conwell’s CUME officially opened with 30 students in September 1976 at Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Currently located at its own campus facility a block from the original Roxbury location, Gordon-Conwell CUME serves more than 400 students coming from 39 denominations. With 21 distinct nationalities represented in CUME’s programs, classes are also taught in Spanish, French Creole and Portuguese, with occasional classes in American Sign Language.

The Center for Urban Ministerial Education’s main objective encompasses the greater mission of GCTS and is particularly focused to help equip urban pastors and church leaders for more effective ministry and outreach in urban communities locally and throughout the world. CUME’s academic program is contextualized to the needs of the city by means of faculty, staff, tuition, location, and class schedule. This unique program had served as a model for similar programs in Minneapolis; Philadelphia; Los Angeles; and Portland, Oregon; and in international cities such as Quito, Ecuador; and Lagos, Nigeria. CUME has also served in a support capacity by providing resources, ministerial fellowship, and stimulation for cross-denominational endeavors in evangelism and church growth.

Master of Divinity in Urban Ministry

Master of Divinity with a concentration in Urban Church Ministry prepares nearly 40% students to serve in ministry. Through a wide array of courses with a unique urban emphasis, this degree provide the skills and foundation to effectively proclaim God’s redeeming work in the context of the city. CUME’s student body is made up of a diverse group of people from different ethnicities, countries, denominations and phases of life.

With the cooperation and support of ministers, churches and agencies (especially the Emmanuel Gospel Center) in inner-city and working-class sections of Boston, this concentration creates a close relationship between Mentored Ministry in the city and academic training. Seminary courses on Urban Ministry are offered directly in the city and will required students to travel if they are not living in Boston. Students are encouraged to spend their second year in the city while completing their Urban Ministry Track courses, especially if they have never lived in an urban context prior to seminary.

Required Core Requirements

  • Biblical Studies (10 Courses)
    • Hebrew I, Hebrew II, Theology of the Pentateuch OR Intro to the Old Testament, Hebrew Exegesis Course, Old Testament Prophetical Books OR Old Testament Poetical Books, Basic Greek I, Basic Greek II, Interpreting the New Testament, New Testament Narrative Book Exegesis and New Testament Epistle Exegesis.
  • Christian Thought (7 Courses)
    • Systematic Theology I, II and III, The Church to the Reformation OR equivalent, The Church Since the Reformation OR equivalent, Social Ethics course and World Mission course.
  • Ministry of the Church (8 Courses)
    • Preaching: Principles & Practices in Preparing Relevant Biblical Sermons, Preaching for Modern Listeners, Inner City Ministry I and II, Church and Community, Educational Ministries course, Pastoral Counseling for Urban Ministry and Research and Writing in Urban Theological Studies.
  • Mentored Ministry (2 Courses)
    • Mentored Ministry I and II
  • Electives (4 Courses)

More information about the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Master of Divinity Program.

Southern-Evangelical

Southern Evangelical Seminary

Located in Charlotte, North Carolina, Southern Evangelical Seminary is a conservative evangelical seminary that offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees in Christian apologetics, theology, philosophy, biblical studies and more. The seminary was established in 1992 by Ross Rhoads, a former pastor of Calvary Church in Charlotte and Noran Geisler, a leading Christian apologist and theologian. Rhoads’ burden for evangelism and Geisler’s concern to defend the Faith combined in the two-fold vision of Southern Evangelical Seminary to evangelize the world and to defend the historic Christian Faith. It was officially incorporated in the State of North Carolina on January 6, 1992.

The first classes began in September of 1992. Southern Evangelical Seminary grew rapidly, attracting students from all over the United States and several other countries. From the beginning it attracted national attention by its unique program in evangelism and classical apologetics. The first graduate received his degree in 1995. Ross Rhoads was appointed as the first President of the Seminary. Norman Geisler would assume the presidency and remain in that position until 2006.

In the late summer of 2003, Southern Evangelical Seminary completed the building of its own 23,000-square-foot (2,100 m2) facility on a ten and one-half acre lot located at 3000 Tilley Morris Road, Matthews, North Carolina. In the Fall of 2004 Southern Evangelical Bible College was established to offer students the opportunity to complete an undergraduate degree. For a few years, starting in 2006 Alex McFarland, a long time friend of the seminary, was president. Alex’s blend of apologetics and evangelism was found to be a perfect fit for SES which includes both of these in its two-fold mission statement: To evangelize the world and defend the historic Christian faith.

In Spring of 2007 the Veritas Graduate School of Apologetics at SES was approved to offer the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. In the Spring of 2008, a 25,000-square-foot (2,300 m2) facility was added, which doubled the library, tripled the bookstore, and provided more classroom space for students in the growing residency program. The new building also houses a radio station and a state of the art studio for recording.

Richard Land, formerly noted as President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and a stalwart voice of theological and social conservatism was named president on July 1, 2013, expanding the appeal and reach of Southern Evangelical Seminary.

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Briercrest College and Seminary

Briercrest College and Seminary is a community of rigorous learning that calls students to seek the kingdom of God, to be shaped profoundly by the Scriptures, and to be formed spiritually and intellectually for lives of service. Briercrest College and Seminary also operates Caronport High School.

Its precursor was a home Bible study in the village of Briercrest, Saskatchewan, which grew to include several members of the community. Eventually the group formed a new church, the Briercrest Gospel Assembly. The people needed a pastor to lead the church and wanted to open a Bible school.

Henry Hildebrand was a student at Winnipeg Bible Institute and a circuit riding preacher with Canadian Sunday School Mission (CSSM). Mr. Sinclair Whittaker, one of the believers at Briercrest, was a businessman and a former Conservative member of the provincial legislature. He contacted Henry, informing him of their need for a pastor and their desire to open a Bible school. Eventually Hildebrand agreed to join them at Briercrest.

Briercrest Bible Institute opened its doors on October 19, 1935, and 11 students enrolled. A rented house served as dormitory, classroom, and office for the school. Mr. Hildebrand was principal and Mrs. Annie Hillson, Mrs. Isabel Whittaker, Jean Whittaker, and Margaret Rusk helped with teaching and administration. Donald McMillan joined them in the second term as assistant principal.

By 1946, they had outgrown their facility, and Mr. Whittaker arranged the purchase of Royal Airforce Base #33 in Caron for $50,000. The new facility was dedicated on July 1, 1946, and the task of converting the airbase into dormitories, classrooms, offices, and staff housing began.

Caronport High School opened in September 1946. A grade school also began that year. Enrollment grew in all of the schools and many new buildings were constructed to accommodate the growing student body. In the early 1970s, the schools began to recognize the need for academic credibility. Briercrest became a candidate for accreditation with the Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges (now the Association for Biblical Higher Education) in 1973, and became accredited in 1976. The school was given authority to grant degrees in 1974. In 1979, a distance learning program was launched. In 1982, the name Briercrest Bible Institute was changed to Briercrest Bible College. The seminary began in 1983, and receive accreditation from the Association of Theological Schools in 1998. College enrollment grew from 285 in 1970 to 775 in 1985.

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Phoenix Seminary

Phoenix Seminary is an Inter/Multidenominational, evangelical, Protestant, Christian seminary established in 1987 in Phoenix, Arizona. Our campus is located in Central Phoenix with opportunities for multi-cultural and multi-generational ministries. Phoenix Seminary is where hundreds of men and women have embarked upon the most important journey of their lives.

Phoenix Seminary has been fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) since 2002. Additionally, Phoenix Seminary is in the process of obtaining accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The seminary offers several degrees approved by ATS. These include: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Biblical Leadership, and Doctor of Ministry. The seminary also partners with Ottawa University in a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling program. The seminary also offers a Graduate Diploma in Biblical and Theological Studies.

Classes were held at the former Scottsdale campus from 2000 through 2005. In 2005, Phoenix Seminary purchased and moved its campus to a new building in central Phoenix. In 2008, the Center for Women with Vision opened.

Phoenix Seminary is not just another accredited, graduate theological seminary. We have embraced unique distinctives since our inception more than 20 years ago. We believe excellence is a matter of mind and heart.

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Providence Theological Seminary

Providence Theological Seminary is an evangelical institution whose purpose is to serve the Church, in the accomplishment of its mission, by preparing and supporting leaders, developing resources, and facilitating theological reflection.

Providence began in Winnipeg in 1925 as Winnipeg Bible Training School, the vision of Rev. H.L. Turner. The name was soon changed to Winnipeg Bible Institute. Over the next 45 years it remained a small but academically vibrant school. It received a provincial charter to grant theological degrees in 1949 and was renamed Winnipeg Bible Institute and College of Theology. In 1963 the college moved to a full degree-granting program and was again re-named, this time to Winnipeg Bible College, a name it retained until 1991.

In 1970, Winnipeg Bible College faced a financial and enrolment crisis. The building it was occupying in Winnipeg was slated for destruction and the school needed a new home. That new home turned out to be St. Joseph’s College, a Roman Catholic high school in Otterburne which had been closed a few years previously. The college moved there in the fall of 1970 with 70 students enrolled for classes. Within a few years the school had grown to 300 full-time students.

In 1972 a longtime dream became reality with the formation of a graduate division called Providence Theological Seminary. Since that time, the seminary has become one of Canada’s most respected interdenominational seminaries, with full membership in the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).

As early as 1931, President Rev. Forsberg, stated that “academic excellence and spiritual vitality should go hand in hand.” He envisioned strengthening the school through the addition of liberal arts and his vision continues. In the 1960s, Rev. Elmer Towns pushed Providence to “greater academic excellence while still maintaining a high level of Spirituality.” More liberal arts courses were added throughout our history and in 1991, a transferability arrangement was achieved with the University of Manitoba. At present, by far the majority of our College courses are transferable to public university programs across Canada and beyond.

In 1992, in an effort to more accurately represent both its theological roots and its broad academic program, the school’s name was changed to Providence College and Theological Seminary. The name is steeped in tradition — one of its buildings was named Providence House — and it also speaks of God’s provision for the school over its 80 years of providing the best in Christian education.