There are schools that are accredited and would be able to work with you to see if anything from your past work would come over. Tennessee Temple might work with you, as would Piedmont Baptist College in NC. I believe both have policies in place that would allow them to bring over your coursework if it met certain requirements, such as the professor had a minimum of at least a legit Masters degree, etc. I know both schools offer degree programs that can be completed totally online. It would be worth a look. Also, I know one guy that went to Piedmont with an unaccredited bachelor of theology degree and they let him into their Masters program because he could demonstrate that his undergrad coursework was of a high quality and that his professors were legitimately qualified. If I were you, I would suggest trying to go the Masters route at one of these colleges and if that didn't work, then see what would transfer over into a Bachelor's degree. My guess is that a lot of it would transfer.I'm in a unique situation personally. I graduated from a non accredited school with a pastoral major, and I know that was where God wanted me to go. However, I didn't understand then what I do now (I still would have gone because it was God's will for me).
When I graduated, I did not receive a degree, I received a diploma. Now I find myself wishing my "degree" was accredited because an opportunity came up to teach Bible at the local university. I got the "job" and continue to pastor now, but honestly I just got the job because it is volunteer, and the Lord opened the door for me. I'd be interested in trying to add more classes and develop a minor at the university to turn this into a paid position, but my "diploma" isn't going to impress any of the higher ups at the U into doing that.
Anyhow, I'll add one last thing, if you do go to a non accredited college, you should SERIOUSLY consider what profit there is in getting a "Masters" from that same school, especially if they can't even give you a degree.
I decided not to pursue this (was not crazy about their ministry philosophy among other things) and decided to get an accredited secular business degree instead. Best move I ever made!
Of course absolutely ZERO Bible Institute credits crossed over for this business degree.
Seems to me that it would be best to get an accredited undergrad degree in whatever and then get a MABS or MDIV if you decided to go into the ministry later on. Accreditation here wouldn't seem to matter so much (if you were not planning on teaching full-time at the university level) so long as the program had sufficient credibility, quality of instruction, and was an actual education rather than an "Indoctrination."
I completed an unaccredited Bible College degree in the seventies. Back then their was a proliferation of unaccredited Bible schools among fundamentalist. I was nineteen and knew God had called me to ministry. My dad had graduated from the same school. It was close to home and affordable. Back then I did not fully understand the difference between accredited and unaccredited. My unaccredited degree was never questioned by employers. I did finally realize after graduating that I would not be able to teach in a accredited school.
In 2009 I graduated from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary with an MA in Pastoral Counseling. Liberty accepted me on a probational bases. When I completed three courses with a 'B' or better I would be admitted into the program. I made all 'A''s on my first five courses and graduated Cum Laude. This allowed me to be accepted into an accredited Doctoral program.
Many Christian Seminaries and Universities will accept an unaccredited undergraduate degree with conditions. But if a person decides to change occupations their unaccredited Theology degree will not help them to matriculate in non-religious accredited institutions. Today schools like Liberty offer both residential and online regionally accredited Bachelor degree's in many disciplines that are affordable. It makes little sense to go the unaccredited route.
Last edited by docmike; 07-09-2010 at 01:12 PM.
On the part I quoted above, I desire to repeat I statement I have made elsewhere.
There is one reason for going an accredited route -- if you believe that such an institution would give you something that you cannot find elsewhere (say in an accredited institution).
As your write-up has shown, there are risks with going to an unaccredited school.
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