History of RDH School of Ministry
The Richard D Howell School of Ministry has seen many evolutions over the years. One idea always leads to another, which brings us to the accredited school of ministry we are today. As with any vision, there must be a visionary. Over 30 years ago, Bishop Richard D. Howell, a man with a passion and gift for teaching and equipping people to serve, started teaching a Discipleship courses tailored to many audiences – newly saved, seasoned saints, youth, deaf – there were about four or five different groups that tackled spiritual growth. A few years later, that program evolved into a Leadership series of courses known as DBI =- Discipleship Bible Institute, that served as the birthplace for many ministries still in place at Shiloh Temple International Ministries today. The focus was not only the ministry, but the life of the minister – from conduct to communication.
Ushering in the new century, Bishop Howell continued to plant the seeds that produced both learners and leaders with the next season of leader development known as Didasko, a program which included ministerial certification and ordination. Many students who completed the Didasko program were powerful men and women of God, some of whom have since started their own ministries.
By 2006, it was clear that Didasko was even bigger than originally envisioned, and the next evolution of learning was the RDH School of Ministry. Accredited through Friends International Christian University out of California, the curriculum and scholarship of the new program expanded to a seminary-like setting.
In late 2007, the decision was made to bring the accrediting arm closer to home, and RDH School of Ministry became an affiliate school under the Minnesota Graduate School of Theology, where it remains to this day.
With the accreditation in place, RDH School of Ministry continues to grow under the leadership and vision of Bishop Richard Howell and a staff of experienced faculty. The dream has expanded to keep up with the needs of adult learners who desire to be effective leaders in ministry, but the vision remains the same… “For the equipping of the saints, for the work of ministry. “ Ephesians 4:12
The Minnesota Graduate School of Theology
The Richard D Howell School of Ministry is an affiliate school of the Minnesota Graduate School of Theology (MGST), and is thus accredited under the same. The Minnesota Graduate School of Theology is accredited with the “Accrediting Commission International for Schools, Colleges and Theological Seminaries.” The ACISCTS is an international accrediting commission which holds as its primary objective the encouragement and maintenance of sound scholarship and the highest academic achievement in the areas of private education. Quality education is the goal at all times.
As stated in the Minnesota Graduate School of Theology catalog, MGST has assumed a strict position of the separation of church and state, not wanting to have any government agency dictation of what may or may not be taught. The Biblical standard is under great assault contemporarily and the intent of MGST is to maintain the highest standard of clarity and candor where virtue and biblical principles are concerned. MGST does not carry regional accreditation and is not registered with or in association with the U.S. Department of Education. A letter from the Minnesota Higher Education Coordinating Board states that MGST meets the criterion for exemption outlined by the State of Minnesota, and may operate without registering or applying for approval with the Coordinating Board under the Private Institutions Registration Program – Minnesota Statute 136.657.
Credits taken at MGST or its affiliate schools, may or may not transfer to other schools and college. Students in need of a program that requires regional accreditation may want to check with that program first to see if credits under MGST accreditation will be accepted.
Courses of Study
Theology And Biblical Studies Division Associate of Arts in Biblical Studies Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies Master of Arts in Biblical Studies Doctor of Theology Doctor of Philosophy
Biblical Counseling and Pastoral Care Division Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Counseling Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling Doctor of Clinical Pastoral Counseling Doctor of Philosophy
Chaplaincy and Pastoral Ministry Division Bachelor of Arts in Ministry Master of Arts in Ministry Master of Divinity Doctor of Ministry
Church Administration and Organizational Leadership Divsion Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership
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