The certificate program offered by Spirit and Life Seminary is an online educational enterprise consisting of sixty-six credit hours that is authorized by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.
SLS espouses these objectives:
The primary role of Spirit & Life Seminary is to prepare men and women who will be equipped to fulfill the Great Commission, anointed for service, and broken in heart for lost humanity.
Thus, through its academic certificate program of higher education, Spirit & Life Seminary seeks to expand the kingdom of God, build the Church, and equip its students to become effective Christian leaders and citizens.
The mission of Spirit & Life Seminary is to provide educational programs and opportunities that are theologically sound and practical in scope so that leadership and ministry within our movement are equipped to fulfill Christ’s mission by impacting their world.
The Corporate Board, deriving its authority from the General Presbyters in compliance with the doctrine and polity of the International Assembly of the Church of God of Prophecy, has empowered and directed the mission, vision, programs, and processes of Spirit & Life Seminary.
Spirit & Life Seminary is authorized by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. This authorization must be renewed each year and is based on an evaluation of minimum standards concerning quality of education, ethical business practices, and fiscal responsibility.
In recent years, Accredited Ministry Development, a mininstry of Church of God of Prophecy, has partnered with other institutions of higher learning to provide accredited theological education for its members. In 2016, AMD Director Bishop Shaun McKinley was tasked by then executive director of Leadership Development and Discipleship, Dr. Brian Sutton, with developing a certificate program in partnership with a seminary in Cleveland, Tennessee. With this arrangement, AMD was responsible for marketing, admissions, and registration with the goal of utilizing an all-COGOP faculty. In August 2017, AMD began regular certificate program courses using Church of God of Prophecy instructors. In October 2017, Dr. Michael Plumley was hired to examine the requirements of THEC authorization due to his rich background in accreditation after more than forty years as an educator.
In September 2018, the newly appointed director of AMD, Dr. Michael Hernandez, was tasked with beginning the process of applying to THEC for authorization by the current executive director of Leadership Development and Discipleship, Reverend Kathryn Creasy. Dr. Hernandez worked with Dr. Plumley to meet all the requirements of THEC authorization. In addition to Rev. Creasy, instrumental in the process have been General Overseer Bishop Sam N. Clements, the COGOP general presbyters, AMD department staff, the Communications department, IT department, and Finance and Administration department. AMD has facilitated 38 courses ranging from Pastoral Counseling to Pentecostal Spirituality and Theology.