About Phoenix University of Theology
A Classic Ecclesiastical University System.
Phoenix University of Theology is a classic
Ecclesiastical University. All degree programs are concentrated in
distinct areas of
Christian ministry and theology.
The University sets the standards for degree
programs, certifies completion and awards degrees. Learning is accomplished
through independent learning contracts.
The University awards credit for lifelong
learning through the trade mark Ministry Assessment Portfolio Process Assessment
and Certification program developed by Dr. Richard Drake, Provost and founder of
the University. Degree programs are tailored to individual ministry calling and
completed through distance learning and the independent learning contract.
Over 100 Bible Colleges, Seminaries, and non degree granting teaching ministries
that use curriculum certified for credit by
the Curriculum Certification Commission of the Accrediting Association for
Theological Studies provide instruction recognized for credit by the University.
In addition to the Seminary, College and
Institute, the University system includes accredited world class teaching
alliances that provide instruction in various ministry concentrations that
define majors and degree distinctions.
The University is chartered internationally
through the ecclesiastical authority of Spiritual Concepts International Church
of the Firstborn which was incorporated in the State of Arkansas in 1978. The
Phoenix University of Theology system was established in Phoenix, Arizona in June of 2001. The states of Arkansas, Arizona, Alabama,
California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa,
Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina,
Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia,
Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming recognize the sovereignty and
ecclesiastical authority of the church to
charter and accredit its own schools for the purpose of training adherents to the Christian faith.
Spiritual Concepts International Church of the
Firstborn is constitutionally exempt from taxation and received a tax exempt determination
letter in 1980 pursuant to section to section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal
Revenue Code. Contributions to the University are tax deductible.
Our first school was chartered in
1978 as a Bible Correspondence School. The School transitioned into a distance learning Seminary in
1982 and formed an "Open University" system in 1990. Spiritual Concepts
International Seminary, The Institute for Christian Maturity and College of the
Bible formed the initial system that now includes over 100 schools
and teaching ministries world wide.
Our goal is to validate the independent and
lifelong learning experience of ministers and Church leaders and provide an
effective and affordable distance learning system to help them reach their full
potential in life and ministry that culminates in the completion of a degree
Phoenix University of Theology has a Kingdom world view and
a global call to multiply ministry leaders to help complete the Great
Commission. We focus on Christ-centered leadership development and do not
prioritize particular church doctrines. Our statement of beliefs reflects our
call to help build and unify the Body of Christ worldwide:
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible,
authoritative Word of God.
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three
persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the deity and humanity of Christ, in His virgin
birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death
through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the
right hand of the Father, in His present rule as Head of the Church, and in His
personal return in power and glory.
We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful men
regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose
indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life and to do the work of
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost,
they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto
the resurrection of eternal damnation.
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus
Christ, with equality across racial, gender, and class differences.
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