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Accreditations

All academic programs of Seattle Pacific University are accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Seattle Pacific Seminary is a Candidate for Accredited Status with the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).

Fulfilling Denominational Requirements

The Seminary works with students from all denominations, as well as nondenominational students, in order to assist them with their ordination requirements and any other expectations.

Free Methodist Church

Two faculty members and one staff member of Seattle Pacific Seminary are ordained elders in the Free Methodist Church, and several others attend a Free Methodist church.

Seattle Pacific Seminary is approved as one of six recognized seminaries affiliated with the John Wesley Seminary Foundation for educating Free Methodist students for ordination. This approval means that Free Methodist students who are certified by their annual conference Ministerial Education and Guidance Board are eligible for a significant scholarship to be applied toward their tuition.

The Seminary also offers the courses that are required for Free Methodist ordination. The denominational liaison, Dr. Doug Koskela, an elder in the Free Methodist Church, works with students who are interested in ordination within the FMC.

Presbyterian Church (USA)

Three Seattle Pacific Seminary faculty members are ordained to Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and several others attend a Presbyterian church.

The Seminary has been validated by regional presbyteries, and it adheres to the standards of the PC (USA) Office of Theology, Worship, and Education for approved educational institutions in preparing students for ministry. The curriculum for all students under care in the PC (USA) is structured around the specific concerns and collaborative direction of the student’s committee for preparation on ministry, and in the context of the five key content areas outlined in G-2.0607 of the PC (USA) Book of Order.

We suggest that all PC (USA) inquirers and candidates take the Bible Content Examination in their first year of seminary. In preparation for the other four examinations, PC (USA) students take a denominational distinctive course ("Reformed Polity and Worship"), which Seattle Pacific Seminary offers in alternating years, and which is ordinarily taken by inquirers or candidates after completion of two full years of theological education. The denominational liaison, Dr. Jeff Keuss, who is ordained to Word and Sacrament in the PC (USA), works with students who are interested in ordination within the PC (USA).

United Methodist Church

Seattle Pacific Seminary is approved by the United Methodist University Senate. Five faculty members of Seattle Pacific Seminary are members of the United Methodist Church, four of whom are ordained elders in the denomination. The Seminary offers all of the courses required for denominational ordination as a deacon or elder in the United Methodist Church, including UM Doctrine, UM History, UM Polity, and Evangelism. The current denominational liaison, Dr. Douglas Strong, an elder in the United Methodist Church, works with students who are interested in the candidacy process within the Pacific Northwest Conference or any other United Methodist annual conference.

Evangelical Covenant Church

Four Seattle Pacific Seminary faculty members are members of the Evangelical Covenant Church, and one of them is ordained in the denomination. The Seminary will assist ECC students who need to take the four Covenant Orientation Studies courses ("History of the ECC," "Theology of the ECC," "Mission and Ministry," and "Sustaining Vocational Excellence"). The courses will be taken either at North Park Seminary or at another venue. The History and Theology courses will be transferable to Seattle Pacific Seminary. The denominational liaison, Dr. Bob Drovdahl, works with students who are interested in licensing and ordination within the ECC.

Other Denominations

The faculty and students of Seattle Pacific Seminary represent a range of churches in addition to the denominations listed above, including the Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Church of God (Cleveland, TN), and various Baptist, Pentecostal, and nondenominational churches.

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“[P]aradox cannot be resolved 'on paper,' that is on purely exegetical and dogmatic grounds. It can only be resolved in the living of the Christian life, where gratitude for undeserved mercies merge with a commitment to public service.”
Rick Steele, SPU Professor of Moral and Historical Theology
I’ve Been Wondering: Conversations with Youth Theologians, p. 76
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