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NOTE – Regarding the list of schools below, I hope to do research on each school and “expand” the links. When you click on a link that has a note such as “I have revised this link”, you will be led to a separate page on this blogsite that has a number of articles documenting the school’s involvement with Spiritual Formation and Emerging/Emergent teachings.
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Tragically, it is becoming more and more difficult to find biblically sound Christian colleges and seminaries.  Most Christian schools we have come across are teaching about Spiritual Formation and the Emerging/Emergent Church movements. However, some schools are pushing these views more than others. Lighthouse Trails has provided a list of schools they are aware of, that we as born again Christians should avoid.

My reasons for providing this entire list are twofold:

1) Like Lighthouse Trails, I want to warn readers to avoid these schools.

2) I am personally familiar with about a dozen of these schools. I hope to do more research on these schools, providing the results here.

I have condensed this list slightly, removing some of the links such as the “alphabetical table of contents” and the “return to top” links. I am also adding some links as I locate them. The original list from Lighthouse Trails can be found at:

http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/Colleges.htm

Following is their recently updated list (revised by me):

Christian Colleges That Promote Contemplative
(i.e., Spiritual Formation)

Also see our database of articles on Christians colleges that promote contemplative.

Click here to see our list of colleges and seminaries that DO NOT promote contemplative. [I have revised this link – Dave Mosher]

Click a letter below to see listings. If you are looking for specific information about any of the listed colleges, visit our blog and type the school name into the blog search engine. Also go to the school’s site and type in particular terms such as spiritual formation, Nouwen, lectio divina, which will help you find the documentation you need.

Abilene Christian University [I have revised this link – Dave Mosher]

ACTS Seminaries of Trinity Western University
BC, Canada

Alberta Bible College [I’m looking for a better link – DM]
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Ambrose University
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
(information about contemplative classes)

American Christian College & Seminary
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
info@accs.edu
PMN 3373 Christian Spirituality: A Biblical and historical overview of the concept of Christian spirituality. Exposes the student to various disciplines such as journalling, meditation on Scripture, prayer, solitude, fasting and contemplative Bible study.

Anderson University [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Anderson, IN
(Invited Sue Monk Kidd to a speaking event in March 2011)

Ashland Theological Seminary [I have added this link – DM]
Ashland, OH

Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
Professor Earl Creps
Doctor of Ministry Program Associate Professor of
Leadership and Spiritual Renewal

Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
Valley Forge Christian College Branch Campus
Phoenixville, PA

Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
SOUTHEASTERN COLLEGE BRANCH CAMPUS
Lakeland, Florida

Azusa Pacific University
Haggard School of Theology
Azusa, CA
Example: Transitions in Ministry

Baptist Theological Seminary of Southern Africa

Barclay College
Haviland, Kansas

Baylor University
Waco, TX

Belmont University
Nashville, Tennessee

Bethel Seminary
San Diego, St. Paul, East Coast campus

Biblical Theological Seminary
Hatfield, PA

Biola University
(Institute of Spiritual Formation)
aka: Talbot School of Theology
ISF 532 Developmental Spirituality & Contemplative Prayer   

Briercrest Bible College
Saskatchewan, Canada

Bryan College [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Dayton, TN

Calvin College
Grand Rapids, MI

Canadian Mennonite University
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
A Contemplative Approach to Youth Ministry 

Carey Institute 
Vancouver, BC

Cedarville University [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Cedarville, OH

Christian Theological Seminary
Indianapolis, IN

Cincinnati Bible Seminary
Cincinnati, OH

Columbia Theological Seminary (Presbyterian)
Decatur, GA

Colorado Christian University
Lakewood, CO

Cornerstone University
Grand Rapids, MI
Spiritual Formation Department

Dallas Theological Seminary
Dallas, TX

Eastern Mennonite Seminary
Harrisburg, VA

Emmanuel Bible College
(Text book list even includes Brian McLaren)
Kitchner, Ontario, CA

Emmanuel School of Religion
Johnson City, Tennessee

Fresno Pacific University
Fresno, CA

Fuller Theological Seminary
Various Campuses Throughout US


George Fox University Seminary

Newberg, Oregon
See SFAD 556 Spirituality and the Writings of the Mystics – Included in the course is a small group practicum to assimilate contemplative practices into the student’s devotional life.
See adjunct professors.

Gordon College
Wenham, Massachusetts

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
South Hamilton, MA
Spiritual Formation for Ministry Program
(various professors)

Grace Theological Seminary
Winona Lake, IN
(example)

Grand Canyon College [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Phoenix, AZ
connected with Ken Blanchard and has a spiritual formation program

Greenville College
Greenville, IL

Hope College
Holland, MI
(see 2010 textbook list)

Hope International University (AKA: Pacific Christian College)
Spiritual Formation with Professor David Timms

Fullerton, CA

Houghton College [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Houghton, NY

Indiana Wesleyan University
(mentoring program)
Division of Religion & Philosophy with
Youth Specialties

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship NW
Portland, OR

John Brown University
Siloam Springs, AR
Bachelor of Science Degree with
Major in Youth Ministries

John Wesley College
Africa
Dean: Dr. Dion Forster

Lincoln Christian University
Lincoln, IL

Liberty University
Lynchburg, VA

Luther Rice Seminary/University [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Lithonia, GA
Spiritual Formation with Dallas Willard/Robert Webber

Malone University
Canton, OH
Dr. David M. Oliver [I added this link-DM]
J. Walter Malone: Has his dream for Evangelical Friends been lost? [I added this
link-DM]

Mars Hill Graduate School
Bothell, WA 98021
President Dan Allender [I’m looking for a better link-DM]

Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary
Fresno, CA
President, Lynn Jost

(Spiritual Formation)

Mid America Nazarene University [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Olathe, Kansas

Milligan College [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Milligan College, TN

Moody Bible Institute
Chicago, Illinois

Mount Vernon Nazarene University
Mt. Vernon Chapel Schedule [I added this link]

Multnomah School of the Bible [I’m looking for a better link-DM]

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
New Orleans, LA

Dr. Francis Kimmitt

Northern Baptist Theological Seminary
Lombard, IL

Northeastern Seminary
Rochester, NY
seminary@roberts.edu

Northpark University [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
and Northpark Theological Seminary
(Evangelical Covenant Church)

Northwest Nazarene University [I’m looking for a better link-DM]

Nyack College [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Nyack, NY

Oklahoma Wesleyan University [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Bartlesville, OK

Oral Roberts University [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Tulsa, OK

Palm Beach Atlantic University
Palm Beach, Florida

Pepperdine University (Bible Lectures)
Malibu, California

Prairie College of the Bible
Alberta, Canada

Providence College and Seminary
Otterburne, Manitoba, Canada

Rockbridge Seminary [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Springfield, MO 65804

Rocky Mountain College
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Samford University
Birmingham, AL

Shorter College
Rome, Georgia

Simpson University
Redding, CA

Southeastern University
Lakeland, Fl

Southwest Baptist University
Bolivar, Missouri

Spring Arbor University [I’m looking for a better link-DM]

Taylor University
Upland, IN
Youth Conference

Trevecca Nazarene University
Nashville, TN
Spiritual Formation Program

Trinity Western University
Langley, B.C. Canada
Graduate Program in Counseling Psychology

Trinity International University
Deerfield, IL

Tyndale University College & Seminary
Toronto, CANADA

Vanguard University[I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Spiritual Formation Program

Western Seminary [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Portland, Sacramento, San Jose

Westmont College [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Santa Barbara, CA

Wheaton College Graduate School [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Spiritual Formation and Psychology

Whitworth University[I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Spokane, WA

William Carey Institute 
Vancouver, BC
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   Biola University
has gone off the deep end!
Biola not only hosted the Christian Spirituality & Soul Care Conference, which speakers included contemplative author David Benner, author of Sacred Companions, they have joined forces with Larry Crabb, Richard Foster and Dallas Willard as the Spiritual Formation Forum.


Colleges and Seminaries That Represent the Spiritual Formation Forum.
See the Board of Directors

Trinity International University
Deerfield, IL

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Deerfield, IL

Dallas Theological Seminary
Dallas, TX

Regent College
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Regent University (Course)
Virginia Beach, VA

Colorado Christian University
Morrison, CO

Saddleback Community Church
Maturity Team


Excerpt from
The Emerging Church:
Ancient Faith for a Post-Modern World

“Among the many authors to pay attention to are Vintage Faith pastor Dan Kimball, author of The Emerging Church and Emerging Worship; Drew University professor Leonard Sweet (Postmodern Pilgrims; A Is for Abductive); youth pastor Tony Jones (Postmodern Youth Ministry; Read, Think, Pray, Live); Robert E. Webber, author of The Younger Evangelicals and Ancient-Future Faith: Rethinking Evangelicalism for a Postmodern World; Spencer Burke, Sally Morgenthaler-the list is far too extensive to include all the recommended authors here. For the most thorough collection of postmodern resources that I know of, go to http://www.agts.edu, click on ‘Free Resources,’ and then click on the folder labeled ‘Emerging Culture/Emerging Church.’ That will give you access to a PDF file of 1,700-plus resources amassed by Assemblies of God professor Earl Creps, a man for whom many in the emerging church movement give thanks daily.”



Criswell College and the Emerging Church Movement?
 The Criswell Theological Review, a publication of Criswell College, devotes an entire issue to discussing the Emerging Church movement.
In the Spring 2006 edition of the Criswell Theological Review (a publication of Criswell College), articles written by Emerging Church authors and an interview with Brian McLaren leave one to wonder just what exactly CTR editor, Alan Street, had in mind when he put this issue of the newsletter together. Correctly recognizing Brian McLaren as a leading representative of the Emerging Church indicts the movement. One can only wonder at this point if Criswell College (named after Dr. W.A. Criswell – Rick Warren’s mentor), is heading towards Emergent.Related Information:
Colleges and Seminaries That Promote Contemplative Spirituality

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Most so-called Christian bookstores are filled with false teachings from the Contemplative/Emerging movements.  These bookstores will be held accountable for selling such garbage. And so-called Christian publishers will be held accountable for printing such garbage.

The following listing of bad – and good – Christian publishers is from Lighthouse Trails Research (dated November 29th, 2008). (I am hoping to find more up-to-date lists.)

The lists below were originally posted by Lighthouse Trails Research at:

http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=1343&zoom_highlight=publishers

Christian Publishers – Which Ones Are Contemplative/Emerging?

November 29th, 2008 | Author: Lighthouse Trails Editors

During this time of year, Christian bookstores are visited more now than perhaps any other time of the year. And the majority of the books and DVDs filling the shelves of most of these Christian walk-in stores are from the largest Christian publishers. Unfortunately, most of the larger Christian (evangelical) publishers are releasing books and DVDs that promote contemplative spirituality, the Purpose Driven Movement, and the emerging church, all of which are conduits for the unbiblical “new spirituality.”

Lighthouse Trails has monitored the books and DVDs being released by the large Christian publishers for several years. Below is a list of the publishing companies most responsible for the influx of contemplative/emerging material into mainstream Christianity. If you are buying books/DVDs from any of these publishers, we hope you will contact them and ask them not to publish or produce products that promote contemplative and emerging spirituality.

“Christian” Publishers That DO Publish Contemplative and Emerging Spirituality Books/DVDs:

Baker Books
Bethany House (a division of Baker)
Chosen Books (a division of Baker)’
David C. Cook
Group Publishing
Guideposts Books
HarperCollins
InterVarsity
Multnomah Books
NavPress
Thomas Nelson
W Publishing (div. of Thomas Nelson)
Zondervan
The list above is not comprehensive but lists the most prolific Christian publishers today. (More on contemplative Christian publishers)

List of Christian publishers that are NOT releasing contemplative/emerging/Purpose Driven books.

Important Note: Please note that listing these companies below is not necessarily an endorsement or recommendation. While we believe the companies below do not offer contemplative/emerging/Purpose Driven materials, please use discernment whenever you turn to a book or DVD other than the Word of God for guidance or inspiration. As Christians, we must “Test all things” and “Try the spirits” through the screen of Scripture (1 Thessalonians 5:21; 1 John 4:1). Most of companies listed below are smaller publishing companies, and your local bookstores may not be carrying their titles. But often you can request your bookstore to order their titles. With the exception of Barbour and Kregel, the larger Christian publishing companies could not be placed in this “good” list.

Non-Contemplative Publishers

Barbour Publishers
Believers in Grace
Caryl Productions
Eastgate Publishers
Eternal Productions
Kregel Publications
Lighthouse Trails Publishing
Proclaiming the Gospel
Sword Publishers
The Berean Call
Understand the Times

** Harvest House and Moody Publishers have some good publications, but use discernment and caution because of some indications that they are being influenced by contemplative/emerging/Purpose Driven. Please contact them and ask them to steer clear of these types of materials.

Related Information:

Christian and Secular Publishers on Contemplative/Emerging Frenzy

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