We are an unaccredited institution that is exempt* from state regulation because of the religious nature of our programs. We do not plan to ever seek regional accreditation. Instead of seeking approval from outside organizations we believe in the biblical principle of “by their fruits you shall know them.” Therefore, we intend to garner a good reputation by the graduates that we produce.
The North American Reformed Seminary (TNARS) is an Affiliate institution of the Association of Reformed Theological Seminaries. As such, it participates in and contributes to collegial and professional development activities of the Association, and is committed to the quality of education ARTS promotes. Affiliate status does not, however, constitute, imply, or presume ARTS accredited status at present or in the future.
We believe that the Church is the God-ordained institution for educating its members. Though seminaries have replaced this function of the Church for some time now, we seek to adhere to the biblical principle of Church-centered education. Because of this TNARS does not view itself as a separate institution from the local church, but rather as a resource for the local church to use in equipping the saints for the work in ministry (Eph 4:11-12). TNARS does not desire to supplant, but to work alongside local church leadership 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 cannot provide the avenues for servant hood that come from being involved in the local church covenant community. This is why TNARS contacts the student’s church leadership at least every 20 credit hours. Working closely with the student’s local church also acts to keep the responsibility of confirming an individual’s call to ministry squarely on the shoulders of the church, where it belongs.
Though we do not have regional accreditation we are well recognized as a solid Reformed seminary as can be seen on our “Recognition/Affiliation” page.
We are recognized by the Evangelical Reformed Council on Academics (not an accreditor):
*Arizona State Board of Private and Post Secondary Education does not require licensure of our school because we provide religious education – A.R.S. 32-3022(E).