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Amber Institute and Theological Seminary
He is the potter; you are the clay. Think of us as the wheel.
The programs at Amber Institute and Theological Seminary are built on a foundation in principles of academic and educational integrity and faith and include challenging yet practical field-based research, which inspires a balanced integration of faith, living and learning that can enhance your success both personally and professionally in an enriching and self-rewarding way that is pleasing to the Creator.
Throughout your program, you will enjoy engaging podcasts, interesting threaded discussions and thought-provoking videos designed to transform online learning in ways you never imagined possible. You will also enjoy ample opportunities to build lifelong, supportive bonds with classmates and professors.
Amber Institute and Theological Seminary is a community of learners distinguished by our lifelong involvement in the study and application of the liberal arts, total commitment to Jesus Christ as the perspective for learning, and critical participation in the contemporary world.
Take the first step in your journey by filling out the contact form to learn more. We will then connect you with a representative with whom you can discuss your professional goals, options for payment and any other questions you may have about Amber Institute and Theological Seminary.
Core Values of Amber Institute and Theological Seminary
Biblical Higher Education
The Institution strives to provide the highest quality education. Education must have balance in theory and practice, providing the intellectual, practical, and spiritual skills necessary for one to be successful. Deuteronomy 6:6-9; Proverbs 1:1-7; 2 Timothy 2:1-2, 15
The Institution affirms that God has provided absolute truth in Scripture. The Scripture is sufficient for life change and is the framework for historic Baptist teaching. 2 Timothy 3:14-17; 2 Peter 1:3
Glorification of Christ
The Institution has as its standard that one’s purpose is to glorify Christ in all things: in thought, conduct, and motives. Jesus Christ is the standard and value of all things. Philippians 3:7-14; Colossians 1:17; 3:1-17
The Institution believes God’s creation has purpose. That purpose is fulfilled in a person’s total obedience to Jesus Christ, conforming to His image. Romans 8:28-29; Ephesians 4:20-24
Qualified Teaching Faculty
The Institution maximizes its impact on students through faculty members who are professionals. They possess a body of knowledge and skills, have ministry experience, and engage students in learning both inside and outside the classroom. Since faculty serve students who are preparing for ministry, professionalism includes not only the standard expectations of one who teaches in an institution of biblical higher education, but also includes spiritual qualities characteristic of Christian leaders. 1 Corinthians 11:1; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12; 2 Timothy 2:2
The Institution makes its students’ personal relationships with Christ the center of curricular and extra-curricular experiences. Students of the present generation need the assurance that there is a God to believe; One who is holy, good, and the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Jesus Christ Himself is the truth; He is the standard and value of all things. Colossians 1:17; 3:1-17; Hebrews 13:8
The Institution prepares those who desire to serve God to fulfill their life goals as they impact society for Jesus Christ. Acts 17:22-24; 1 Corinthians 9: 20-22
The Institution educates and challenges students to adopt the value of continued learning that enhances their Christ-centered ministries and marketplace professions. Proverbs 1:5; Philippians 3:13-14; 2 Timothy 2:15
The Institution acknowledges that all of mankind is in need of a personal relationship with Christ by faith and commits itself to prepare students to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ to evangelize and disciple divergent people groups of the world through the local church. Matthew 28:18-20; John 3:16-21; Romans 1:16-17; 2 Timothy 2:1-2, 15; 1 Peter 1:13-25
Institutional Goals of Amber Institute and Theological Seminary
Biblical Wisdom is the perspective that observes and evaluates life as according to God’s Word, and consequently, defines how one should live.
The curriculum will equip students to:
Develop a reverential submission to the Lord that is the essence of learning.
Develop a disposition for life-long spiritual growth.
Demonstrate biblical self-discipline and decision-making to life.
Utilize the Bible to distinguish between truth and error.
Formulate biblical solutions to problems, dilemmas, and enigmas.
Academic Excellence is the life-long pursuit and acquisition of knowledge and skills to produce personal, professional, and cross-cultural competencies.
The curriculum will equip students to:
Develop a disposition for life-long learning.
Investigate the diversities and complexities of the past and present culture and social world to effectively serve God.
Utilize systematic principles and abilities to make informed decisions and solve problems.
Develop logical arguments and draw reasoned conclusions.
Analyze information and life situations within a biblical worldview.
Communicate accuratley in a Christ-like manner with clarity, coherence and persuasiveness.
The curriculum will equip students to:
Apply the knowledge and skills of servant-leadership in a local church. Engage others in a biblical model of discipleship.
Design and adapt appropriate strategies to evangelize and disciple the lost in varied contexts.
What Makes Amber Institute and Theological Seminary Unique?
The Lord has given Amber Institute and Theological Seminary a specific mandate and calling: to train and equip totally committed disciples of Jesus who have a burning desire to love and serve God and are dedicated to transform their world. Our gifted faculty and leadership team, some of whom have been training and equipping God’s people for more than forty years, are committed to fulfilling this divine mandate and to see an entire generation impacted by the gospel of Jesus in power.
Our faculty come from many different backgrounds and have a wide range of ministry gifting, emphases, and educational backgrounds. Amber Institute and Theological Seminary also has a diverse program which offers many ministry opportunities. This enables Amber Institute and Theological Seminary to help each student discover his or her individual gifts and callings and then to train them in several areas of ministry specialization.
What are the requirements for admission?
All applicants must meet the following requirements to receive consideration for admission:
Applicants must live in accordance with godly principles, as stated in the Amber Institute and Theological Seminary Student Commitment to Excellence.
Applicants must have completed high school via diploma or GED.
Applicants must complete the application packet, or complete the online application process.
How do I apply?
Prospective students may apply to Amber Institute and Theological Seminary using one of the following three methods:
Complete the online application available at the Amber Institute and Theological Seminary website.
Download the application from the Amber Institute and Theological Seminary website.
Request a physical application in the mail by contacting our office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I transfer credits to Amber Institute and Theological Seminary?
Amber Institute and Theological Seminary will consider requests to transfer credits on an individual basis. Students should submit transfer of credit requests to the Registrar.
Is Amber Institute and Theological Seminary Accredited?
Amber Institute and Theological Seminaryis accredited by The Accrediting Association of Bible Schools and Theological Institutions, American Bible College Accreditation, an evangelical, faith based, accrediting agency. Amber Institute and Theological Seminary have the authority to award associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.
Amber Institute and Theological Seminary place a high value on academic excellence and seeks to instill a sound biblical worldview and an advanced level of biblical understanding into all of our students. All of our faculty members have years of ministry experience.
Amber Institute and Theological Seminary is pleased to provide for new and continuing students a Life Experience assessment degree program. Students may be eligible to receive legitimate college credit for their life experience and hands-on ministerial service through Amber Institute and Theological Seminary assessment degree program. Amber Institute and Theological Seminary does not want this experience to go unrecognized or unrewarded.
Applicants will be required to submit a detailed portfolio, resume, training certificate, proof of participation at seminars, major literary works, Sunday school training certificates and or any other documents of completion to be evaluated for assessment.
An honorary degree or a degree honoris causa (Latin:”for the sake of the honor”) is an academic degree for which a university (or other degree-awarding institution) has waived the usual requirements, such as matriculation, residency, study and the passing of examinations. The degree is typically a doctorate and may be awarded to someone who has no prior connection with the academic institution.
Amber Institute and Theological Seminary will bestow the Honorary Doctor of Divinity (D.D.) Degree or the honorary Doctor of Sacred Letters (D.S.Litt.) degree upon distinguished Pastors, Evangelists, Ministers, and other Christian Leaders or Public Servants who have made significant contributions to the advancement the Gospel and the making of disciples.
All courses that are implemented by Amber Institute and Theological Seminary are accredited by the National Bible College Association who are authorized to grant Certificates, and to award associate, bachelors, master’s, and doctoral degrees. National Bible College Association is an evangelical, faith based, accrediting agencies.
The Courses that Amber Institute and Theological Seminary implements are fully accredited by the National Bible College Association. The National Bible College Association is a non-governmental accreditation, extended exclusively to private, Christian institutions upon inspection and approval of their programs, operations, and integrity.
The National Bible College Association is a worldwide accreditation agencies that honors the separation of church and state, and extends beyond national boundaries. Its standards and expectations measure compliance with scriptural principles as applied to education.
THE PURPOSE OF ACCREDITATION IS TO:
Certify that an institution has met the established standards of excellence assist prospective students in identifying reputable institutions, which offer degree programs that will meet their needs and goals allow institutions to evaluate the acceptability of transfer credits into their own curricula programs
In the United States, accreditation of universities and seminaries is a voluntary process with accreditation granted by private, non-governmental agencies. Governmental agencies do not provide theological or ministry accreditation.
Government-recognized accreditation is not necessary for the religious vocations in which we are equipping our students and people working in ministry positions do not need a government-accredited degree.
We do not prepare our students for secular work or denominational service. We will seek to provide a sound theological standing from which our students may fulfill their divine purpose and calling.
Our status as a Christian University is as follows:
Registered with the Secretary of State in Florida, USA and fully accredited by the National Bible College Association.
Amber Institute and Theological Seminary Degree Programs of Study have been declared by the appropriate State Authority exempt from the requirements for licensure, under provisions of Florida General Statutes Section 1005.06(1)(f) for exemption from licensure with respect to religious education. Click here to view our status with the Florida Department of Education.
Exemption from licensure is not based upon assessment of program quality under established licensing standards.
Our courses meet the requirements established by many private, independent, and professional associations. Various regionally or nationally accredited Christian Universities, colleges and seminaries throughout the United States may accept transfer students, credits and degrees from Amber Institute and Theological Seminary.
Transferability of credits earned at Amber Institute and Theological Seminary and transferred to another institution is at the discretion of the receiving institution.
Amber Institute and Theological Seminary can transfer all credits from accredited institutions such as colleges, seminaries, Christian universities, etc. The credits must be reported on an official transcript. No more than 60 credit hours (including life credits) may be transferred. Courses transferred must be equivalent in content and requirements to courses in the Williams Master’s School of Theology catalogue.
Accepting credits earned at another institution is the prerogative of the receiving institution. No college, school or accrediting agency can require another institution to accept in transfer credit earned somewhere else. Even when the sending institution is accredited by the same agency as the receiving school, there is no guarantee credits will transfer.
Students wishing to transfer credits to other schools are responsible for finding out about the acceptance of credit by the receiving institution.
US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ACCREDITATION
Amber Institute and Theological Seminary is not recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Government recognized accreditation is not necessary for the religious vocations we are training people in, which include: Biblical Studies, Christian Arts, Christian Counseling, Christian Entrepreneurship, Christian Leadership, Divine Healing, Divinity, Intercessory Prayer, Ministry, Missions and Evangelism, Pastoral Ministry, Prophetic Ministry, Theology, Worship Ministry, and Youth Ministry. People can function and hold jobs in all of these professions 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. In fact, a number of churches take a stand against the Church voluntarily placing itself under government regulations.
All degrees at the Amber Institute and Theological Seminary are earned degrees. This is achieved by mandatory coursework that must be completed.
Our courses are available to everyone who meets our entrance requirements. Our courses require comprehensive study and self-discipline as our Bible College is an online and off-site institution.
Bible College transcripts do not always reflect real life experience. Amber Institute and Theological Seminary recognizes life experience which may have been gained through years of work which is ministry related.
Many people have served in ministry positions and have gained a lot of knowledge and experience in their fields, but do not have any formal certificate, Bible College, or degree. Life experience credits can give some of the recognition needed for this service in the work of the Lord.
This acceptance of life credits helps a potential student to accelerate their learning college experience and enabling them to earn a fully accredited degree.
Applicants must have had more than five years in a recognized position in ministry.
No degrees can be awarded based purely upon life-experience. Life experience which could include such things as books authored, missions trips, classes taught, outreach ministries, ministries within a church, etc., must be documented along with the years they occurred and submitted for evaluation.