We have a new mailing address effective immediately:
The North American Reformed Seminary (TNARS)
PO Box 3435
Sumter, SC 29150
Note: Anything that is mailed to our postal address should only be addressed to the seminary, not to an individual at the seminary.
We are an unaccredited institution that is exempt* from state regulation because of the religious nature of our programs. We have no near-term plans to seek U.S. regional accreditation or full accreditation at any of the major seminary accreditation organizations. Instead of seeking the approval from outside organizations we believe in the biblical principle of “by their fruits you shall know them.” (Read More)
While we are not an accredited institution, this does not mean we do not offer a high standard of courses of instruction, nor demand a high standard of academic rigor from our students. The casual reader of the coursework required for our degree programs will see that the student will be required to create an average of about one-thousand pages of written materials demonstrating their knowledge and ability to interact within a large body of work within the Reformed theological tradition.
We are a decidedly Reformed Christian seminary that seeks to educate the body of Christ completely free of charge. Our ministry will enable Christians to get a seminary level education without going into debt (Romans 13:8). This allows our graduates to focus on God’s call in their lives instead of how they can best pay off their seminary debt. Not only will this help our students by keeping them out of debt, it will also help small churches retain educated pastors without having to pay a large salary to offset their seminary education debt.
Our mission is to further the Gospel of Jesus Christ and strengthen His Church through seminary level education. We seek to bring glory to God and expand His kingdom by training up Christians to minister in His name.
We award degrees based on the successful completion of our required curriculum. All of our curriculum is listed on our website to ensure the transparency of our efforts to the public. You can find our degree programs on our “Academics” page.
We teach through mentoring. Each student is assigned one mentor as a point of contact to the seminary. This mentor guides and helps the student with his studies. We are interested in more than academics, so the mentor is also responsible to ascertain and help grow the student’s application of biblical principles to their life. This is accomplished one-on-one and through interaction with the student’s home church.
TNARS views itself, not as a separate institution, but as an educational resource for the local church. It has always been the responsibility of the local church to “equip the saints for the work of ministry.” In Ephesians 4:11-12 Paul says it quite simply, God’s plan for his church is equipping for the work of service to the building up of the body of Christ. We realize that the local church often times does not have the educational resources or manpower for this “equipping.” TNARS desires not to supplant, but to work alongside the leadership of the local church by providing curriculum and educational support for equipping their people. Our design is to keep local church leadership involved in the training process of the student. While we might be able to provide a high level education, we can not provide the avenues for servanthood that come from being involved in the community of the local church. TNARS regularly contacts the student’s church leadership in order to ascertain the student’s growth in both academics and personal piety.
Our Doctrinal stance is Reformed, meaning that we follow in the same doctrinal footsteps of the Reformers during the period of the Reformation. To learn more about our doctrine please visit the “Statement of Faith” page.
This logo reflects the the five solas of the Protestant Reformation: 1) Sola fide – by faith alone, 2) sola scripture – by Scripture alone, 3) solus christus – through Christ alone, 4) sola gratis – by grace alone, and 5) soli deo gloria – glory to God alone. The first four solas interlock forming the central and the center key – the fifth sola: glory to God alone.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Statistics as of 7.1.2015:
- Active students: 208
- Mentors: 77
* South Carolina Code of Laws, Nonpublic Postsecondary Institution License Act, Section 59-58-30(4) does not require licensure of TNARS as it is an “institution whose sole purpose is religious or theological training.”