The North American
A Different Approach to Seminary Education
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 educational 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 review our degree programs by clicking here.
We teach through mentoring. The 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 rather 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 cannot provide the avenues for servanthood that come from being involved in the community of the local church.
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. TNARS is not affiliated with a particular denomination and our students come from both Reformed and non-Reformed backgrounds.
Our logo reflects the "Five Solas" of the Protestant Reformation: 1) Sola Fide – by faith alone, 2) Sola Scriptura – by Scripture alone, 3) Solus Christus – through Christ alone, and 4) Sola Gratia – by grace alone. The first four Solas interlock forming the central and center key – the fifth Sola: Soli Deo Gloria - glory to God alone.
Soli Deo Gloria!