Many seminaries believe they have to choose between focusing on academic excellence or on practical training. So, feeling forced to choose, they pick one over the other.
But we think …
WHY NOT BOTH?
Why not a Complete Education?
We believe that effective ministry requires both theory and practice. Complete. Meaning that there must be a balance of practical vocational hands-on-experience with academic research. We believe that choosing one over the other is a disservice to both the student and their subsequent ministry. It is simply incomplete. Our churches need men and women who have one foot in the academy and one out on the street. We need scholars. We need saints. It is time that our churches expect nothing less from their seminary graduates.
Our faculty consists of 21 experienced and well educated full-time faculty, as well as other adjunct and visiting faculty. All of whom provide our students with a balanced education.
View our faculty and their bios, as well as a list of our additional faculty, on the faculty page.
Programs and Degrees
We offer 10 Master’s and Diploma programs in a diverse, collaborative environment. The collective range of theological perspectives creates a setting to learn, grow, and explore theological traditions and spiritual experiences in an inter-denominational and multi-faceted perspective.
Many of the students ACTS serves live at a distance and are unable to commute to campus on a daily or weekly basis. Among those that live close to campus, a significant and growing percentage juggle education and ministry or other work responsibilities which limit the time they can spend in the Fosmark building.
ACTS recognizes that we must make education accessible if we are to fulfill our mission. Some measures we have taken to do this include:
- Offering daytime courses (and some evening classes) on a block schedule that meets only one day per week through fall and spring semester.
- Offering courses on a rotating basis in 2- or 3-weekend packages and in 1-week modules each semester. (One week modules normally run during reading week, in February and October.)
- Providing a selection of modular courses (mostly 1-week) through May and June.
- Delivering a growing rotation of online, simulcast, and mixed-media courses each year.
- Making independent study courses available where needed.
- Offering courses in strategic off-site locations.
ACTS has been accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) since 1997. The ATS Commission on Accrediting voted to reaffirm ACTS accreditation for a period of 10 years at their May 2002 meeting. In 2011-2012 ACTS undertook a routine but comprehensive self-study, resulting in a vote by the ATS Commission to renew the Consortium’s accreditation through until Spring 2022. ACTS degree programs currently approved by ATS are the Master of Divinity, Master of Applied Linguistics and Exegesis, Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, MA in Cross-Cultural Ministries, MA in Christian Studies, Master of Theological Studies, Doctor of Ministry, and Master of Theology.
TWU is a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) and the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).