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U.S. Department of Education Accreditation
USDE accreditation is not necessary for the theological degrees in which we offer. Individuals seeking employment in government-licensed positions such as public school teachers, state-licensed psychologists or psychiatrists, and non-church-related counselors will more than likely need USDE accredited degrees. Generally speaking, people working in ministry positions do not need a USDE accredited degree. If you are pursuing education at LABU with the intent of obtaining employment or for some other reason, you should check with that organization BEFORE applying for enrollment in LABU. LABU assumes no liability of any kind.
Life Abundant Bible University (LABU) is accredited by the National Accrediting Board for Bible Colleges and Seminaries (NABBCS) to award associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. NABBCS is an evangelical, faith based, not a US Department of Education, accrediting agency.
Life Abundant Bible University (LABU) has elected not to seek regional or US Government accreditation based on the desire to teach the whole Word of God. We will not compromise the Biblical message and therefore do not seek the approval of government recognized accreditation.
Many of our course descriptions closely match those of accredited Bible colleges and seminaries. LABU students will be well positioned to use portfolio equivalency to gain course credit and advanced standing at accredited colleges or seminaries that have a provision to grant portfolio based credit.
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.
LABU programs are strictly designed for believers who desire to be equipped and trained for effective Christian ministry. Christian Bible Institute & Seminary » Accreditation
Separation of Church and State
- There is secular education and there is religious education.
- Religious schools are not legally required to become accredited
- Secular schools seek secular education, and sacred schools receive sacred or ecclesiastic accreditation—each by their own peers.
- Religious institutions need no secular accreditation because they offer no secular 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 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, any more than a police officer should be directing the worship of God.
- 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).
- What business does a Christian educator have going to the world of unbelievers for recognition and acknowledgement when 2 Corinthians 6:14 clearly tells us, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?”
- A Christian educational institution securing accreditation from an association which is attached to a governmental agency is a Scripturally condemned and unholy union as James 4:4 says, “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?”
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 guaranty nor is it the sole criterion of an excellent education. Every accredited institution was once unaccredited. For example, Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) was founded in 1924 but was not accredited by SACS until 1969, long after the graduation of notables such as Dwight Pentecost, Charles Ryrie, and Chuck Swindoll. Dallas Theological Seminary was not accredited by ATS until 1994, but its excellent education before then is unassailable.
Where promotional material for an unaccredited institution consists of an advertisement in a periodical published by a person or entity that is not affiliated with the unaccredited institution, the disclosure required in subsection (a) may be abbreviated to state as follows NOT ACCREDITED BY AN AGENCY RECOGNIZED BY THE U.S. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION. The disclosure required under this subsection shall be made in a type size as large or larger than any other text in the advertisement.
AUTHORIZATION TO GRANT DEGREES
Degree programs of study offered by LABU are Exempt from the requirements for licensure under the provisions of the Georgia State Board of Independent Colleges and Universities (SBICU). Exemption from licensure is not based upon any assessment of program quality under established licensing standards. Every other Bible College or seminary in the State offering legitimate degrees operates under the same statute. In accordance with the provision of the Georgia Department of Education General Statues Section 1005.06(1)(f), LABU offers the following degrees: Associate of Ministry, Bachelor of Biblical Studies, Master of Divinity, Master of Christian Counseling, and Doctor of Theology.
The most important accreditation comes from our faithfulness to the Word of God and our obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit.We are confident that your Spirit-anointed ministry is what will accredit our programs and open doors before you for a continually expanding ministry. “…Some people need to bring letters of recommendation with them or ask you to write letters of recommendation for them. But the only letter of recommendation we need is you yourselves! Your lives are a letter written in our hearts, and everyone can read it and recognize our good work among you. Clearly, you are a letter from Christ prepared by us. It is written not with pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the living God. It is carved not on stone, but on human hearts.” – 2 Corinthians 3:1-3
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.
Life Abundant Bible University (LABU) will bestow the Honorary Doctor of Divinity (D.D.) Degree or the honorary Doctor of Letters ( D.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.
LABU welcomes the opportunity to receive recommendations and nominations of persons in the ministry who deserve the Special Recognition and Honor of receiving a honorary DD or D.Litt. Degree.
ASSOCIATE OF MINISTRY
The Associate of Ministry (AM) program is designed for those applicants who have limited or no undergraduate college credit but have a burning desire to serve in ministry. The Associate of Ministry program is suitable for Deacons, Elders, Sunday school teachers, ministry leaders, and others serving in lay leadership positions in the church in mission fields.
The Associate of Ministry is a 60 credit-hours degree equivalent to a two year junior or community college degree. A core of 48 credit-hours must be earned at LABU. Students entering this program enroll in the same courses that are required for a Bachelor of Biblical Studies degree.
BACHELOR OF BIBLICAL STUDIES
The Bachelor of Biblical Studies (BBS) program is designed to provide a broad biblical, theological and practical foundation for those preparing to invest their lives in church or mission vocations which require academic credentials to gain ordination.
The Bachelor of Biblical Studies degree requires 120 credit-hours. A core of 96 credit hours must be completed at LABU.
BACHELOR OF MINISTRY
The Bachelor of Ministry (B.Min) program is designed to provide a broad biblical, theological and practical foundation for those preparing to invest their lives in church or mission vocations which require academic credentials to gain ordination.
The Bachelor of Ministry degree requires 120 credit-hours. A core of 96 credit hours must be completed at LABU.
MASTER OF DIVINITY (MDiv)
The Master of Divinity (MDiv) is a professional degree designed for those who have a bachelor’s degree and are serving ,or preparing to serve, on a church staff or in other ministry positions. Students develop competencies in Biblical theology, church history, doctrine, spiritual formation, as well as servant leadership skills required for local church ministry. The curriculum may be completed in three years, although many students take longer due to family, church, and job responsibilities. Is the Master of Divinity right for you? It only takes a few minutes to apply now.
MASTER OF CHRISTIAN COUNSELING
The Master of Christian Counseling Program (MCC) is designed to provide Christian training in biblical, theological, and psychological disciplines. Students who graduate from the MCC program are encourage to seek membership with the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)
AACC Certification/Licensure/Membership Program is not to be confused with state licensure. Most states have regulatory laws governing the practice of psychology. Many states also have laws governing the practice of general counseling. States recognize that counseling is one of the responsibilities of the church and its clergy. For this reason the state does not interfere with the ministry of counseling as long as the counseling is provided under the following conditions: The counselor is ordained, commissioned or licensed, that the counseling service is provided by and represented as a Christian or pastoral counselor.
DOCTOR OF THEOLOGY
The ThD degree program is offered to students wishing to enhance their knowledge and ministerial skills or teaching competence in certain advanced areas of theology and ministry. The ThD program at LABU has a strong academic focus and biblical foundation, with a clear connection to the church.
Candidates for the Doctor of Theology degree will specialize in one of the fields of theological scholarship, such as: Hebrew Bible/Old Testament; New Testament and Early Christian Studies; History of Christianity; Systematic Theology; Ethics; Church Growth and Mission Studies.
Requirements for the ThD Degree
Must have BS and Masters
Study for the degree of doctor of theology extends through three stages: coursework, Knowledge Area Modules (KAM), and dissertation. Candidates for this degree must fulfill the following:
- 40 credit hours of coursework
- 18 credit hours of Knowledge Area Modules
- 12 credit hours of dissertation