In recognition of the present and future challenges confronting the urban Church and community, particularly African American congregations, Heritage Center for Religious Studies exists to equip men and women with the theoretical and practical foundations necessary for optimal, “cutting edge” service in Christian ministry.
The Heritage Journey
Since 1989, Heritage Center for Religious Studies has provided advanced biblical studies for adults interested in preparing themselves for ministry beyond the local Bible school level. In 1994, we engaged in a collaborative effort with Ashland Theological Seminary (Ashland, Ohio) to provide continuing education to ministers and laity through the Diploma of Theology in Black Church Studies program.
In 2002, Heritage Center for Religious Studies completed the initial phase of licensing and became fully recognized by the State of Michigan for the Diploma of Ministry and Certificate in Continuing Education programs. In 2010, the school achieved 501(c)(3) non-profit status as an educational institution and our strategic plan for accreditation continues to press forward.
Heritage Center now solely operates its own flagship programs with over 28 courses in the field of ministry and has more than 30 graduates. Offering four concentrations (Bible, Black Church/Ministry Studies, the Practice of Ministry, and Preaching), the Diploma of Ministry is an independent program designed to prepare students for entry into undergraduate ministry studies. The Certificate in Continuing Education is flexible with course requirements and appeals to those seeking a more generalized program of learning.
Statement of Faith
Heritage Center for Religious Studies is evangelical and ecumenical in scope. Our faculty and staff represent several mainline Protestant denominations and are committed to embracing the diversity present in the student body. In maintaining respect for individual differences, we have implemented a Statement of Faith to be observed by all faculty, staff and students:
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