TD Jakes launches divinity school, draws criticism from some in academia

“I have ONE question … who is their accreditation with? I looked and did not see one!! ***All right, y’all can enroll in this school if you want to, invest all that money in a degree for it not to count for anything, other than you went to Jakes Divinity School! Lastly, as a person who graduated from two accredited theological schools, Candler School of Theology (Emory University) and Chicago Theological Seminary, I have serious concerns about their curriculum,”

(Leonardo Blair – Christian Post) Megachurch pastor and televangelist T.D. Jakes announced the launch of Jakes Divinity School, a new venture that will begin enrolling students in January 2020. But some in academia are already criticizing the online program.

Jakes, senior pastor of The Potter’s House megachurch in Dallas, Texas, will serve as chancellor while Antipas Harris, a Yale trained theologian and Regent professor, has been named as president. The online divinity school will grant accredited degrees through partnerships with Vanguard University of Southern California  and North Central University, a Christian school in Minnesota.

“As the potter forms the clay into a vessel of purpose, the vision at JDS is to form leaders for ministry in the church and society. Throughout more than 40 years of ministry, Bishop TD Jakes, our founder and chancellor, has poured of himself into millions of people around the world. He has a passion for equipping others to do the same,” Harris said in an announcement shared on Instagram Saturday.  View article →


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