Discussion about Charter and Accreditation
Saint James College Seminary is owned by the fully-chartered Love Church
Worldwide. Saint James is an educational department of The Love Church Worldwide.
along the same lines as the United Methodist
Church, Presbyterian Church, Baptist churches,
even the Roman Catholic Church, etc. Just as
the Catholic Church owns universities (such as
Notre Dame), The Love Church Worldwide
operates Saint James College Seminary, The
Women's College Seminary, and The American
Chaplain Training Institutes as educational
divisions. This is consistent with TLC's Mission
and Articles of Incorporation.
of the seminary program at the fully-chartered
inter-faith denomination, The Love Church
Worldwide communion. The program is owned
by the inter-faith Love Church Worldwide.
The difference between secular
and ecclesiastical degrees
Saint James College Seminary's degrees
are as legitimate as those conferred by
secular colleges and universities...with
primary important differences:
1) Degrees earned at non-regionally-
accredited seminaries will typically be
of value to:
* Clergy - ministers, priests, and rabbis
* Teachers in religious or parochial / private
* People involved with not-for-profit agencies,
NGO's, religious institutions, and secular
programs where a degree with a spiritual / ethical
/ religious / mission / ministerial basis will add to
non-secular professional and academic
2) Degrees conferred by seminary programs
such as ours will not normally be accepted by
state governments for purposes of professional
licensing. This includes but is not limited to
registered nurses, social workers, dietitians, etc.
However, if you are already licensed, say as an RN or
chiropractor, the spiritually-ethically-religiously based
degree you earn here will not be required for state
licensing since you are already licensed. In this case,
the knowledge that you gain here may well satisfy your
need or desire for a higher level of education and
indication of professional achievement as well as
ability to be of greater service.
|We are exempt from
Seminaries are not required to apply
for the extraordinarily expensive regional
accreditation by an agency recognized by
the U.S.Department of Commerce.
We are chartered by the Association of
Bible Schools and Teachers. Our parent
institution, The Love Church Worldwide is
incorporated as a not-for-profit church
organization by the Florida Department of
State. (The federal government does not
charter churches or colleges and
universities; this obligation falls to
Our registration number with our
department of state is: N04000001179.
We are in good standing.
they are accredited. Worse, some have even created their own "accreditation agencies" to
"accredit" themselves! Beware of such scams.
chartered not-for-profit institution through its
parent religious denomination, The Love Church
Worldwide. However, there are prospective
students whose academic needs we cannot
meet. Some people require diplomas from
anywhere), our interest-free student loans, our Fast-Track Adult Learner programs, our
strict inter-faith policy, and our world-class academic offerings...all may prove to be the
ideal learning and certification experience for you. Choose wisely!
feel free to request it by filling out the no-obligation Information / Application form. We
would be happy to assist you in any way possible.
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An examination of accreditation and licensing in greater detail:
It is the prerogative of Religious Seminaries, Christian Private Schools, Bible Colleges and Seminaries elect to decline to be governed by the U.S.
Department of Education and to decline to seek the Regional Accreditation which is more typical of Secular Colleges and Universities.
Religious/Christian Educational Ministries are automatically exempt from the regulatory authority of state and federal government and secular
accreditation agencies. Saint James College Seminary is further exempt as an educational department of the fully-chartered institution, The Love
Seminary accreditation: The value of any religious-spiritual-ethical accredited seminary college of university is subjective and must be determined
by the individual seeking certificate of degree education from such an institution. Some considerations are the quality of the educational product, the
amount of student time and effort expended, the individual student's spiritual beliefs/affiliation, as well as external social, political, and economic
marketplace circumstances that may prevail upon graduation.
Section 1005.06 (1) (f), FL Statutes
Students considering our program should understand that is is common for churches, Seminaries, Seminary Colleges, Christian Private Schools, and
Bible Colleges to opt not to be governed by the U.S. Department of Education and, thus, decline seek Regional Accreditation. (As noted above, this
form of accreditation is most typically sought by among Secular Colleges and Universities. Religious/Christian Educational Ministries are
automatically exempt from the authority of state and federal governmental as well as the secular accreditation agencies that we have been discussing.)
It is common practice for theological colleges and universities, and seminaries to determine the scope and type
of education to be provided. It is also their prerogative to establish their own criteria for granting, accepting, and
recognizing seminary credits, whether from their institution or from other seminaries or religious educational
Saint James College Seminary, through its parent, The Love Church Worldwide, is fully chartered by the
Association of Accredited Bible Schools and Teachers. It is registered by the government as described above.
Our program seeks to offed world-class ministerial education for students who are pursuing spiritual-religious-
ministerial certificates and degrees. It is important to note that religious seminaries are permitted to extend
educational offering that may have secular value and application, but that they must be ministerial-spiritual in
State of Florida
Saint James College Seminary Seminary is organized as a not-for-profit religious corporation by the Florida Department of State and operates as a
certificate and degree-granting educational institution through exemption by the Florida State Board of Independent Colleges and Universities under
the authority of Section 1005.06 (1) (f), FLA Statutes. Florida, as is common in other states, does not require accreditation or theological
accreditation for institutions of religious/seminary education.
A religious college may operate without governmental oversight if the college annually verifies by sworn affidavit to the commission that:
1. The name of the institution includes a religious modifier or the name of a religious patriarch, saint, person, or symbol of the church.
2. The institution offers only educational programs that prepare students for religious vocations as ministers, professionals, or laypersons in the
categories of ministry, counseling, theology, education, administration, music, fine arts, media communications, or social work.
3. The titles of degrees issued by the institution cannot be confused with secular degree titles. For this purpose, each degree title must include a
religious modifier that immediately precedes, or is included within, any of the following degrees: Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Bachelor of
Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy, and Doctor of Education. The religious modifier must be placed
on the title line of the degree, on the transcript, and whenever the title of the degree appears in official school documents or publications.
4. The duration of all degree programs offered by the institution is consistent with the standards of the commission.
5. The institution’s consumer practices are consistent with those required by s. 1005.04.
The commission may provide such a religious institution a letter stating that the institution has met the requirements of state law and is not subject
to governmental oversight.
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