About

     School of Theology & Christian Ministry

Anderson University School of Theology is the only seminary of the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana). Our ongoing relationship with our sponsoring church is valued, and a vital partnership necessary for providing spiritual leaders for the church in the 21st century. The seminary community is also enriched by the variety of church backgrounds and ethnic heritage of its students, faculty, and staff.

We believe that the School of Theology will help you achieve a quality graduate theological education characterized by an aspiration to be biblical in orientation, missional in emphasis, and relational in spirit.

It is the ultimate prayer of the Anderson University School of Theology that it be a place where scholarship, spirituality, and service are offered to the glory of God. It is our prayer that you will experience God’s grace and peace wherever He leads you.

Our Mission

The mission of the Anderson University School of Theology is to form women and men for the ministry of biblical reconciliation. The faculty and staff of the seminary are committed to being a community where biblical faith, academic integrity, Christian spirituality, love for persons, and a responsible relation with the created order and all humankind is both believed and practiced.

To this end, the School of Theology is sensitive to the need for facilitating the spiritual growth of the seminarian. It values spiritual formation as a central integration point of preparation for ministry. This integration complements the academic disciplines with a responsiveness to the divine presence of the Lord in word and deed. Students and faculty are encouraged to share together in the community life of faith through chapel attendance, small prayer groups, spiritual formation groups, and personal meditation. Active participation in the life of a local congregation is also highly desirable.

Why AU?
  • The Anderson University School of Theology offers an 81 hour Master of Divinity degree. Also offered are an online Master of Arts in Christian Ministries, with a church planting concentration, a Master of Theological Studies (thesis and non-thesis tracks), and a Master of Arts in Intercultural Service. Additionally, the seminary offers the Doctor of Ministry degree. All degree programs are accredited by the Association of Theological Schools.
  • Residential housing is available for students in the seminary’s degree programs. The housing is at York Seminary Village. This housing complex was constructed in 2006 and 2008.
  • The School of Theology’s Center for Christian Leadership has served the Church of God since 1972. Presently, there are hundreds of participants enrolled in the Center’s continuing education program from across the United States, Mexico, Canada, England, and India.
  • The School of Theology offers continuing education events to the broader church. For example, the Newell Lectureship in Biblical Studies and the Harp Professor in Residence Lectures are offered during the academic year. The Newell Lectures, featuring world-class scholars, have been delivered for nearly 30 years.
Accreditation

Anderson University School of Theology is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved:

  • Master of Divinity (Residential and Online)
  • Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (Online)
  • Master of Theological Studies (Residential)

Anderson University School of Theology is approved for a Comprehensive Distance Education Program.

The Commission contact information is:

The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
USA

Telephone: (412) 788-6505
Fax: (412) 788-6510
Website: www.ats.edu

Additionally, the School of Theology has received accreditation of all its degrees from the Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association. Membership is also held in several other organizations devoted to quality education.

For more information on the Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association, phone (312) 263-0456.

Statement of Educational Effectiveness

The Anderson University School of Theology measures its educational effectiveness through our assessment of outcomes. We have developed a comprehensive assessment of outcomes for the Academic Core that every degree shares.  The educational effectiveness statement provided below demonstrates assessments of curriculum for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years.

Core Curriculum Statement of Education Effectiveness [PDF]

Lilly Endowment Grant

The Financial Wholeness Project

The Lilly Endowment initiated program titled “The Theological School Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Ministers” provided an opportunity for all seminaries accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in North America to apply for funding to learn about and develop methods for addressing seminary student debt. The Anderson University School of Theology and Christian Ministry was one of 67 seminaries funded through this grant.

The focus of the Anderson University grant, “The Financial Wholeness Project,” is to study its structure and relationship within the Church of God (Anderson), learn about its own students’ debt, educate students about debt behaviors and implications, and seek to develop funds to support student scholarships. This three-year $248,000 grant will help the School of Theology and Christian Ministry effectively address these areas of focus.

This section features information gleaned from our work on the project. We trust the material here will be useful not only to educators and administrators but also to prospective and current students and alumni as a resource for making appropriate financial decisions and managing educational debt. Our vision is that those called to serve might experience financial wholeness throughout their ministry.

For more detail, visit Grant Description and Outline [PDF].

Educational Materials:

Links to ATS and the Auburn Center:

Research

Statement of Belief

We believe in one eternal, holy, and loving God who calls us to respond in faith. We, therefore, give the following testimony of our faith, realizing that for testimonies of faith to be Christian they must conform to God’s revelation in the Holy Scriptures. Although we can never put into a short document all that we are taught in the Bible, we do affirm the following.

Revelation

God is revealed generally in the created order and in the human conscience. This Living God, however, has spoken specially to us in the covenantal story of the whole of Scripture and definitively in Jesus Christ.

We believe in, treasure, and cherish the Bible as the written Word of God, and hold that the sixty-six books of the Protestant biblical canon constitute the Holy Scriptures. We believe that both the Old and New Testaments are necessary for understanding God’s revelation in Scripture, both of which are to be interpreted in light of the revelation given to us in Jesus Christ. The Bible is inspired by God, and is fully authoritative and sufficient for Christian life and practice. We further believe that the Bible is historically reliable, and that its message is faithfully preserved in the textual tradition.

We rejoice that the biblical gospel is the good news of God’s love to our world!

God

We believe in one God in three persons — Father, Son and Holy Spirit — who created all things visible and invisible, and out of chaos created order. Our hearts are made glad that God is fully revealed in the Lord Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God, who was born to the Virgin Mary through the agency of the Holy Spirit, and lived on earth as both fully human and fully divine. We are grateful that the Holy Spirit leads us into all truth, convicts us of sin, leads us to and incorporates us into Christ, and empowers us for Christian witness.

We worship the one eternally triune God!

Sin and Salvation

We acknowledge that all have sinned, thus breaking our relationships with God, self, others and the whole created order, but give thanks for God’s salvation from sin.

We believe that through his exemplary life, sacrificial death, and bodily resurrection Jesus Christ is the only sufficient atonement for our sins. In keeping with the messianic prophecies of the Old Testament, Jesus died on the cross and was raised for our salvation. He returned to the Father and there intercedes for us. God’s work of salvation is all by grace, not by our merits. We receive this great salvation when by the convicting power of the Holy Spirit we repent of our sin and believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. We hold that we are secure in our salvation so long as we remain faithful to Christ. We are grateful that the same power that raised Christ from the dead raises us from spiritual death, saving us from sin to follow Christ in this life and to live with him eternally.

We believe that it is God’s will for us to live in holiness. Indeed, it is God who makes us holy. We, however, are called to present ourselves as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God for the sake of God’s mission in the world. We understand the life of holiness to be wholehearted love for God and neighbor. Although we are never to seek suffering for the sake of suffering, we are convinced that holiness often is deepened through life’s inevitable sufferings. Furthermore, Christ invites us to participate in his sufferings in this fallen world.

We recognize with Scripture that Satan and demons exist as spiritual realities in opposition to God. But we are grateful that God has conquered all sin and evil, thereby giving us victory both now and forever.

Great is the salvation of our God!

The Kingdom of God

With gratitude, we believe that we experience the Reign of God as the presence, love, and power of God in our lives, in the church, in history, and in the whole created order, now and in the future consummation.

We believe that Jesus lived and proclaimed the Reign of God, a life of reconciliation and peacemaking in fulfillment of the Law and Prophets. Under the Reign of God, we are required to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with God.

We believe that God comes alongside the vulnerable and oppressed, and stands against every form of evil, even when found in the institutional church. As the people of God we, too, are called to make justice and to intervene when injustice occurs.

We anticipate the future consummation of the Reign of God, at the time of the one and only return of our Lord, who will carry out final judgment separating the righteous and the unrighteous.

“Even so, come Lord Jesus!”

The Church

We believe the church is the fellowship of the redeemed, the body of Christ, the people of God, chosen by God for mission in the world. At the beginning of time God created humankind to be partners in mission. However, humankind failed in this partnership. In the course of time, though, God chose Israel to bless all peoples. But in the fullness of time it was in Jesus Christ that God brought salvation for all people. And until the end of time God has chosen the church to be the body of Christ with the mission of making disciples. It is for this purpose that God continually reforms the church so that it will be conformed to the image of Christ.

We are grateful that in fulfillment of Jesus’ promise, God poured out the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. We believe that the evidence of this outpouring is the personal holiness of God’s people and their empowerment for divine mission in the world. The Holy Spirit distributes a variety of spiritual gifts among all members of the church for accomplishing this mission.

We believe God calls all people to respond in faith to the Gospel of Jesus Christ whereby they become members of the universal church of God. With Christ as the head, this community is the body of Christ on earth. We understand each local congregation to be an expression of this universal church, and that it is God’s will for each believer to be a committed member of a local congregation.

In obedience to our Lord, we baptize believers by immersion as a sign of death to sin, resurrection to new life in Christ, and incorporation into the mission of the people of God. We celebrate the Lord’s Supper as participation in and proclamation of the death and resurrection of our Lord until he comes. We wash each other’s feet, following Jesus who assumed the role of servant by washing the feet of his disciples. We anoint with oil in the name of the Lord and pray that people may be healed.

We believe that all who repent and confess Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and Lord are part of the church of God. We seek mutually enriching fellowship with all who share this personal faith. Aware of racial, cultural, and other diversity around the globe, we are committed to working for the visible unity of the one church that is rooted in biblical faith.

Our Lord empowers believers to do the work of ministry. Jesus instructed us to model our ministries and manner of leadership after his example of being a servant rather than seeking positions of power. We understand that it is the church’s responsibility, in response to God’s call, to appoint and equip gifted women and men to a variety of leadership responsibilities for building up the body of Christ.

We praise God for the privilege of participating in the life of the church!

Concluding Affirmation

In devotion to Christ as the head of the church, we desire to be a biblical people, a people who worship the triune God, a people transformed by the grace of God, a people of the Kingdom of God, a people committed to building up the one, universal church of God, and a people who in God’s love care for the whole world.

Constance L. Allbaugh
John H. Aukerman
Walter Froese
Juanita E. Leonard
James W. Lewis
David L. Neidert
Sharon I. Pearson
Barry L. Ross
David L. Sebastian
Fredrick H. Shively
Gilbert W. Stafford
Theodore A. Stoneberg
J. Dan Turner

 

Guest Lectures

The Anderson University School of Theology and Christian Ministry believes it is important to enhance the educational opportunities of its students by bringing guest lecturers and faculty to our seminary annually.

The Harp Professor in Residence is invited by the dean of the seminary to supplement and expand the core offerings of the School of Theology and Christian Ministry’s master’s degree programs. The Newell Lectures in Biblical Studies brings a noted biblical scholar to the campus for a one-day or two-day lecture in his or her field of expertise. The Stained Glass Window Sermon Series focuses on the key words and images portrayed in the Miller Chapel stained glass window.

Harp Lectures

Harp Professor in Residence History

The Harry and Henrietta Harp Professor in Residence is an appointed faculty position created through an endowment by the Harp and York families to honor the lives of their parents, the Rev. Harry and Mrs. Henrietta Harp.

During his ministry in the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.) from 1927 to 1955, the Rev. Harp served congregations in Michigan, Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Georgia. He served with the Executive Council of the Church of God, the World Service Commission of the Church of God, and the Southern Minister’s Convention for many years. Mrs. Harp served in both regional and national roles with the Women of the Church of God.

The Harp Lecture Series in Christian Theology and Leadership served as the foundation for the current professor in residence program at Anderson University School of Theology and Christian Ministry. This endowed program annually brought nationally known Christian scholars to the seminary. The endowment and lecture series were established in 2000.

The Harp and York families intended from the beginning of this endowment for the lectures to become a seminary professor in residence program. This intention was fulfilled in 2008 with the inaugural Harry and Henrietta Harp Professor in Residence.

The purpose of the Harry and Henrietta Harp Professor in Residence is to identify and appoint a faculty member with expertise in a field deemed critical to the educational life and instructional programming of the Anderson University School of Theology and Christian Ministry. The responsibility for identification, selection, and appointment rests with the dean of the school.

Newell Lectures

Newell Lectures History

Dr. Arlo and Mrs. Helen Newell created the Newell Lectureship in Biblical Studies in 1981 for the purpose of bringing a significant specialist in the field of biblical studies to Anderson University and the School of Theology and Christian Ministry on an annual basis. It is one of the longest running lecture series in the United States.

Dr. Arlo Newell served the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.) for many years as a pastor, editor of Vital Christianity (the national periodical of the Church of God), a Church of God General Assembly officer, and author of numerous books and articles. Dr. Newell also served as a chaplain in residence with the Anderson University School of Theology and Christian Ministry.

Helen Newell also worked faithfully in the Church of God and in the Anderson community. She is a 1981 graduate of the Anderson University seminary with a Master of Religious Education. The Newell Lectures were created to honor Helen’s work at the seminary and in the Church of God.