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Pathways to Seminary Education: Invitation to Collaborate

Winebrenner Theological Seminary is actively working to remove obstacles for prospective students by focusing on education that is affordableaccessible, and of high quality.  We have clarified three specific areas for potential collaboration with kingdom-oriented seminaries and ministries to create pathways for students to experience seminary-level education:

Advanced Standing

We have criteria for students from non-degree/non-accredited institutes (both church-based and denominationally affiliated) to receive advanced standing for graduate level courses.  We are working with several institutes who were represented at the Pathways event to test the criteria.

We are also exploring collaborative partnerships with seminaries who will be willing to receive these students into their graduate programs. Winebrenner is committing itself to be a single point of evaluation for this criteria (for partner schools) so that others can direct their resources elsewhere.

Bachelor equivalency

We are finalizing a draft of evaluation criteria for students to be validated as bachelor equivalent.

Here also, we are exploring collaborative partnerships with seminaries who will be willing to receive these students into their graduate programs.  For this point as well, Winebrenner is committing itself to be the single point of connection and evaluation so that others don’t have to invest the resources in the personnel to evaluate this criteria student by student.

High School/Undergraduate articulation agreements

There is growing interest in offering courses for high school students who can then receive university-level credit.  This requires agreements with both Christian high schools as well as colleges/universities in order for the students to receive the credit.

Of the three options, this one is closest to the “research and development” phase since we’re still working on criteria, possible courses, etc.

Likewise, we envision the opportunity for seminaries to join this effort to broaden the base of potential colleges/universities from which high school students could receive credit.

We invite you to join us as we seek to equip leaders for service in God’s kingdom!

– Dr. Brent Sleasman, President
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