Dallas megachurch pastor and bishop of The Potter’s House, Bishop T.D. Jakes has announced plans to launch his own online Jakes Divinity School next January.
The school will begin enrolling students early next year (2020).
According to the school’s website, “Jakes Divinity School prepares leaders for the future through academic rigor with experiential-learning, spiritual formation, and creative innovation necessary to minister in the Church and society.”
Bishop Jakes, the senior pastor of The Potter’s House, will serve as chancellor, while former Regent University Professor Dr. Antipas Harris, a Yale-trained theologian, has been named as president.
The online school will offer accredited degrees through partnerships with Southern California’s Vanguard University and North Central University, a Christian college in Minnesota.
The school will offer four Bachelor’s degrees in the areas of ministry leadership, anti-human trafficking, Hispanic Ministry and Leadership, and Humanitarian Leadership. Master’s degrees will be offered in two areas: Leadership studies and theological studies.
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The school will also offer an advanced Doctor of Ministry program.
In a video announcement shared on Instagram Saturday, Professor Dr. Antipas Harris said;
“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.”
“There remains much more mission work, pastoral care, leadership and thought leading to be done. The moral decay of our world is leading a generation on a spiritual search. The Holy Spirit sends out a clarion call for us to study deeper, understand more, bear witness greater, lead better and go further. For theological education and spiritual formation, we can meet the complexities of ministry for the 21st century,” he added.