FAITH COVENANT THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

On Campus & External Studies Program

"Equipping Leaders In Our Lordís Church"

2013 CATALOG

Copyright © 2001 - 2013 Faith Covenant Theological Seminary

Campus: 1912 Nebraska Avenue - Palm Harbor, Fl. 34683

Secure Mail: 35246 US 19 N. - #200 - Palm Harbor, Fl. 34684

GENERAL INFORMATION

You can more effectively respond to God's call upon your life, by receiving a seminary education. Now, quality training is available at an affordable cost and without giving up your present job or ministry position to relocate to a distant city.

FAITH COVENANT THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY was established in cooperation with an evangelistic ministry, as a "Bible Studies Institute" in 1976, offering Certificates of Completion for its programs. Today, it is an educational division and ministry agency of the Faith Covenant Community Church of America, a Florida non-profit corporation and is governed by the church's Board of Trustees. The purpose of this, evangelical seminary is to provide biblically sound, higher Christian education and vocational training for Ministers, Evangelists, Missionaries, Pastoral Counselors, Denominational Workers and practical ministry skills development for the Christian Laity. The degree programs of F.C.T.S. are designed solely for religious vocations.

The Seminary operates under the guidelines of Florida's Commission On Independent Colleges and Universities and is exempt from licensure by the State of Florida under section 246 of the Florida statutes.

Students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds may apply for admission. Ecclesiastical degrees from F.C.T.S. do not qualify the holder to teach in state supported schools, or make them eligible for any state occupational licensure or certification. F.C.T.S. training may prove helpful to students, preparing to teach in Christian Day Schools. However, situations and denominational ministry employment requirements vary greatly. Students should investigate the appropriateness of F.C.T.S. studies to their life and career aspirations, prior to enrollment. The seminary does not offer job placement assistance.

The F.C.T.S. curriculum is biblical, scholarly and doctrinally sound. Programs of study range from the Bible Institute Certificate through the Doctoral level in six major fields. The student's ministry setting becomes a laboratory for experiential learning and in effect serves in meeting academic residency requirements. Each semester hour is equivalent to 15 academic/contact hours.

*F.C.T.S. is a "Certified Academic Institution", affiliated with the National Christian Counselors Association. Through this relationship, students may pursue N.C.C.A. certification as Biblical/Pastoral Counselors.

We offer traditional classroom instruction at our Palm Harbor, Florida campus. However, all of our courses are designed for independent external study.

At the time of enrollment, students are assigned a faculty advisor to guide them through their curriculum track. Required text materials are included in course costs. Collateral books may come from personal or public libraries; a nearby college; or a book and Bible store. Authors outside our reading list may be selected with F.C.T.S. approval. This allows students to learn from evangelical writers, espousing doctrinal views similar to their own. These materials are optional and involve additional expense.

LIFE EXPERIENCE & TRANSFER CREDIT

F.C.T.S. may award up to six credits for each year of documented ministerial and/or appropriate career/life experience. No greater than 48 credits will be so awarded and Life Experience Credits cannot be awarded on the Doctoral Degree level, unless that experience is reflected in original written works, on a topic deemed acceptable by F.C.T.S. All such materials must be as a result of ministry and not as the result of any other academic pursuits.

Transfer of Credits: F.C.T.S. may accept for credit, courses completed with a grade of C or higher at other Bible Colleges Seminaries, and Universities. However, a minimum of 30 credits must be earned through F.C.T.S. for the awarding of any degree. The transfer of credits earned at F.C.T.S. to another school, is at the sole discretion of the receiving institution. Students preparing for advanced studies at another institution should investigate the prerequisites, before matriculating with F.C.T.S.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

A.) Each applicant shall give evidence of having received the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior and must have exemplary Christian character in private, social and vocational conduct. Students must have a letter of recommendation from their pastor; or from their ecclesiastical body, if they are themselves credentialed clergy in the Gospel Ministry. All students are expected to be actively involved in the life and ministry of a local church, throughout the duration of their F.C.T.S. studies.

B.) Submit a completed application form and a non-refundable fee of Twenty-five Dollars (U.S. funds).

  1. If you know the exact number of earned credits from each institution you've previously attended, transcripts do not have to accompany the application. An initial evaluation will be made, based on the information submitted. You will then have thirty days to provide official transcripts in support of the application.

  2. Applicants must be high school graduates or hold the G.E.D. certificate, if they are under 25 years of age, at the time of seminary enrollment.

REFUND POLICY

When a student files written notice of withdrawal from enrollment within a period of:

5 business days after registration, (or in the case of external studies students, his or her receipt of course materials) ...100% of any tuition payments made is refundable, upon return of all materials in re-saleable condition. The insured return shipment of said materials is the student's responsibility and at his or her expense and should not be made, until after an authorization number has been received from the Registrar. A $10.00 Service Charge will also be levied.

7 - 30 calendar days. after above stipulated date...75% of the original tuition is refundable, less a $20.00 Service Charge.

Absolutely no refunds will be made after the (30) thirty calendar days, stipulated above, and full tuition (100%) is payable to F.C.T.S. This due balance is based on the total program tuition, less any tuition down-payment or partial payment credits. The $25 Admissions Application Fee is administrative in nature; is consumed upon receipt and is non-refundable.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Every effort has been made to hold the costs of studies at F.C.T.S. to a minimum. In keeping with the separation of church and state sentiment, the seminary does not participate in any government loan or grant programs. A tuition installment payment plan may be arranged, at time of enrollment.

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