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Northwind Institute was established in 2014
Northwind Theological Seminary was established in 2019
WHO ARE WE?
OUR MISSION: Northwind Theological Seminary is an evangelical, online seminary serving many denominations. Rooted in the Wesleyan tradition, we have a strong emphasis on the Bible, spiritual formation, and discipleship.
OUR VISION: Our vision is to be the seminary of choice for persons who seek an earned ministry degree in a non-traditional setting.
OUR VALUES: Northwind Theological Seminary is globally engaged, biblically informed, and ministry focused.
Committed to serving the global church
Committed to personal growth and spiritual formation
Committed to effective use of technology for education and ministry
Our approach to supporting ministry is based on the notion of ministry effectiveness.
Our focus remains on new notions and approaches to ministry in a postmodern setting.
We provide online theological education, ministry consulting and partnerships.
We are exploring off the map for new notions of local church ministry in the postmodern era. While the Modern Era defined "successful" ministry based on numbers, we define "effective" ministry in the Postmodern Era based on experiences.
We are focused on providing quality education for local church leaders to encourage and equip those who are engaged in local church ministry. We are focused on
providing quality consulting services to support clergy and church effectiveness.
We believe that technology has made it possible to deliver high-quality Online Courses and Consulting Services in new exciting formats. These new formats provide a cost-effective platform that supports an education and consulting experiences in ways that have not been previously possible.
Accreditation and Affiliations
Northwind Institute has been approved to provide theological educational course credits and/or programs pursuant to the Oklahoma Board of Private Vocational Schools standards.
Northwind Institute is a Certified Academic Institution of the National Christian Counselors Association offering training in Christian Counseling.
Northwind Institute is an International Representative for the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counselors offering training in Christian Temperament Life Coaching.
Northwind Institute courses have also been approved by:
American Baptists Churches of the Rocky Mountains
American Baptists Churches of the Central Region
Mid-American Baptists Churches
American Baptist Churches of Nebraska
American Baptists Churches of the Dakotas
The Ministers Council, ABC-USA
Northwind Theological Seminary has been issued a religious exemption from the Florida Department of Education Commission for Independent Education.
Unaccredited institutions of higher education are colleges, seminaries, and universities which do not have US Department of Education recognized educational accreditation.
An institution may not obtain or maintain accreditation for one of several reasons.
As accreditation processes often require several years' work, a new institution may not yet have completed the initial accreditation process. Northwind Theological Seminary was founded in 2019 and as a new institution has not applied for accreditation recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Seminary plans to start the application process for such accreditation after three years of operation.
The Florida Department of State has approved Northwind Theological Seminary as a Non-Profit Corporation in 2019.
The Florida Department of Education has issued a religious exemption that gives Northwind Theological Seminary the ability to offer and award Bachelor, Master, and Doctorate Degrees in 2019.
The Faculty at Northwind Theological Seminary have earned degrees from institutions that have accreditation recognized by the United States Department of Education and have taught, or are eligible to teach, in Regionally Accredited Colleges, Universities, and Seminaries.
Administrative Leadership at Northwind Theological Seminary have earned degrees and experience in both teaching and administration in Colleges, Universities, and Seminaries institutions that have accreditation recognized by the United States Department of Education:
Robert J. Duncan, Jr, DMin, President & Founder - Board Member
Director of Institutional Advancement & Admission at Drew University (Retired)
Core Faculty & Special Advisor at in the Doctor of Ministry Degree at Drew University (Retired)
President & Professor of Religion at Bacone College (Retired)
Christin Standifird, MEd, Registrar - Board Member (Secretary / Treasurer)
Director of Bookstore Services, Executive Assistant to the Academic Dean, and Adjunct at Bacone College
Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Research - Oklahoma State University - Tulsa
Michael J Christensen, PhD, Academic Dean - Board Member
Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program, Director of Communities of Shalom, Affiliate Faculty at Drew University (Retired)
Carl E Savage, PhD, DMin Associate Dean of Doctoral Studies - Ex-Officio Board Member
Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program and Theological School Faculty at Drew University (Retired)
Northwind Theological Seminary accepts the transfer of credits from:
The National Christian Counselors Association
The Sarasota Academy of Christian Counselors
Northwind Seminary Credit Transfers are governed by Articulation Agreements.
Articulation Agreements are arrangements between institutions that agree in advance, via Memorandum of Understanding to accept each other’s credits in the transfer of specific ministry credentials. In these cases, students may be simultaneously enrolled in multiple institutions. Each institution teaches its own curriculum and courses; there is no outsourcing involved.
Northwind Theological Seminary's Articulation Agreements are based on the standards of the Higher Learning Commission Association which is the regional accrediting body recognized by the US Department of Education that accredits colleges and universities in a 19-state region of the United States.
Northwind Theological Seminary's Articulation Agreements allow dually-enrolled students to take cross-listed courses meeting the requirements of both Northwind Institute and Northwind Theological Seminary.
Institutions may decide whether to enter into articulation arrangements with other institutions regardless of the other institution’s accredited status. However, institutions should make the public aware of all such arrangements (e.g. by listing such arrangements on the website, providing more details in program catalogs and ensuring clarity in the transcript produced as a result of such arrangements).