Accredited by TACI
Transworld Accrediting Commission International
Accredited by ACBHE
Accrediting Commission for Biblical Higher Education
Certified Member of GCSN
Global Christian Schools Network
Certified Member of NBCA
National Bible College Association
Affiliate of Christian Bible Institute & Seminary
Accreditation is the act of certifying that an educational institution maintains suitable standards; the granting of approval to an institution of learning by an official review board after the school has met certain requirements. Specifically, accreditation is the review of a school’s course offerings and procedures by a group of its peers to certify that that school is meeting its own stated objectives and offering its students the education it promises them.
The Ruach School of Theology is not recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation is “a review by your peers” that ensures that you are offering a quality program. The U.S. Department of Education is not a peer of the RSOT.
Government-recognized accreditation is not necessary for the religious vocations we are training people in. People can function and hold jobs without government-recognized accreditation. Individuals seeking employment in government-licensed positions such as public school teachers, state-licensed psychologists or psychiatrists, and non-church-related counselors definitely need government-recognized accredited degrees. Generally, people working in ministry positions do not need a government-accredited degree.
Separation Of Church And State
- There is secular education and there is religious education.
- Secular schools seek secular education, and sacred schools receive sacred accreditation—each by their own peers.
- Religious institutions need no secular accreditation unless they offer secular degrees and are required to have such government oversight in order to grant their degrees.
- Secular accreditation associations in turn are recognized by governmental agencies. They trace their authority back to the capitol of a country, like Washington, D.C.
- Religious accrediting associations are recognized by the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ, which has no supreme central office on earth. Our authority is derived directly from Heaven.
- Civil and religious interests are different and have separate realms of jurisdiction.
- The State is not superior to the Church. The Church need not wait for approval from the secular world.
- Civil agencies should not be dictating standards of Christian education.
Theological Seminaries should not be accredited by accrediting associations that are “recognized” by an agency of the federal government, because it is contrary to the Biblical principle of “Separation of Church and State,” indicated by Christ when He said, “…Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s…” (Mark 12:17).
Why not become accredited by the Department of Education? In many cases, the government’s Department of Education is not qualified to accredit a private school, such as a Bible School, because the DOE is secular and a Bible or Christian School is spiritual thus our standards are not secular and cannot be judged by secular standards!
As we find in 1 Corinthians 2:14 “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” Therefore a state agency is not able to determine if a spiritually directed learning institution is meeting the mandates of the Bible!
Accreditation has many benefits for both educational institutions and students, but it is neither a guarantee nor is it the sole criterion of an excellent education.