History and Background
Harvest Army International Seminary is an institute of higher learning that for over ten years has prepared dedicated Christian leaders. Harvest Army International Seminary first began in 1996 bearing the name Harvest Army Institute of Ministry. It was established to train and equip the growing number of members and friends of the Harvest Army Church International who were responding to the call of God to ministry. The school began with over twenty students and included a certificate and a diploma program. Again, in 2010 the name was changed to Harvest Army International Seminary to reflect the vision of Equipping Believers for World Revival and due to the addition of a master’s level program.
Since that time the Harvest Army Institute of Ministry began a distance learning program that many has participated in both in the United States and across the world. The courses have been instrumental in preparing men and women of God to lead effectively in the ministry. Alumni of the institute are actively in ministry in various capacities – as pastors, ordained ministers, evangelists, and missionaries.
Beginning in 2006, the program of the Harvest Army Institute of Ministry was extended, and the name was changed to Harvest Army Bible College. With continued expansion, in 2010 the name was changed from Harvest Army Bible College to Harvest Army International Seminary. With the new name, the vision of the Harvest Army International Seminary comes into greater focus: “equipping believers for world revival”. The international aspect of the name shows the intention of the vision to train believers from all across the world and to prepare believers for any level of ministry from local lay leadership to being world leading catalysts of revival.
The program still includes a certificate and diploma program, but has also added an associate diploma, undergraduate and advanced program.
The campus of the Harvest Army International Seminary is currently located in New York City, USA. However, ministers have been trained through our correspondence courses in the Caribbean and Europe. Furthermore, those who have been trained through HAIS have conducted ministry in various countries across the world. Our focus is to equip believers for world revival.
Harvest Army International Seminary was birthed out of the Harvest Army Church International. The Harvest Army Church was founded upon the God– given vision of “an army of harvesters for world revival”, calling for every believer to become effective witnesses and preachers of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Through the ministry, thousands of believers have begun to become effective witnesses and street preachers. Furthermore, many have planted churches, and are leading powerful ministries.
The Harvest Army International Seminary (HAIS) was established in an effort to further equip men and women of God for effective ministry. We are an inter-denominational evangelistic institution, pledged to uphold, and expound the Bible as the inspired word of God. We endeavor to prepare ministers to conduct bible based ministries though the power of God by confronting the issues of today’s society, and the challenges that face the church.
HAIS is a non-denominational institution. We welcome all born again believers from all denominations and backgrounds. All theological teachings, core values and statement of faith are based on the clear teaching of scripture which applied to all believers.
Mission and Vision
The mission of HAIS is to train and equip men and women of God for impactful ministry, and dedicated service in today’s society. The word ‘ministers’ in this context include all believers who have answered the call of God. Our vision is to:
- Provide a wholesome foundation in the biblical doctrine that will prepare ministers to effectively proclaim and defend the Christian faith.
- Equip and train ministers to plant and lead ministries that are centered upon God’s mandate for the current time, thereby being catalysts for world revival.
- Prepare and produce Christian leaders that demonstrate integrity and spiritual authority in their personal lives and ministry, in the midst of growing ethical issues that challenge the church.
- To prepare Christian leaders to be effective in representing Christ in all aspects of society.
Mathew 28:19 – 20 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.
2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
2 Timothy 2:15 Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Recognition and Accreditation
Harvest Army International Seminary (HAIS) operates legally under the charter of Harvest Army Church International, a USA federally-internationally chartered and tax-exempt church body. The seminary is presently being upgraded to the highest level of accreditation as a post-secondary, ministerial institution. We are recognized by many churches and ministries worldwide who have benefited from our training.
1) In the verbal inspiration of the Bible.
2) In one God eternally existing three persons: namely, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
3) That Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of the Father, conceived of the Holy Ghost and born of the Virgin Mary. That Jesus was crucified, buried, and raised from the dead that He ascended to heaven, and is today at the right hand of the Father as the intercessor.
4) That all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, and that repentance is commanded of God for all and necessary for forgiveness of sin.
5) That justification, regeneration and the new birth are wrought by faith in the blood of Jesus Christ.
6) In sanctification subsequent to the new birth through faith in the blood of Christ through the Word and by the Holy Ghost.
7) Holiness to be God’s standard of living for His people.
8) In baptism of the Holy Ghost subsequent to a clean heart.
9) In speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance, and that this is the initial evidence of the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
10) In water baptism by immersion for all who repent.
11) In divine healing, which is provided for all in the atonement.
12) In the Lord’s Supper and washing of the saint’s feet.
13) In the premillennial Second Coming of Jesus Christ. First to resurrect the righteous dead, and to catch away the living saints to Him in the air. Second to reign on the earth a thousand years.
14) In the bodily resurrection, eternal life for the righteous, and eternal punishment for the wicked.
To provide a wide variety of believers the opportunity to train for ministry, a minimum set of qualifications has been established. The college is open to all who meet the minimum spiritual and academic requirements.
Successful Applicants should meet the following spiritual requirements:
- Able to provide evidence of a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
- Demonstrates a life of holiness.
- Agree to respect the statement of faith (not antagonistic towards it).
Successful Applicants should meet the following educational requirements:
- A high school diploma or equivalent.
Mature students that do not have a high school diploma or equivalent in a few cases may be accepted to the college provided that relative work experience can be shown. Those in these cases can receive a certificate or diploma in ministry. To continue toward an associate or undergraduate diploma, the student must obtain a high school diploma or equivalent. Undergraduate and associate diplomas can only be officially given when a high school diploma or equivalent is on file. In special cases, students under the age of 18, but not younger than 16 years old may be accepted if they are currently completing high school diploma, and can demonstrate good academic standing, and are active participants in ministry. In these cases HAIS reserves the right to reject any applicants not possessing a high school diploma or equivalent, as only a certain threshold of students in these special cases can be enrolled in the college during an academic year.
- Bachelor’s Degree or Equivalent.
How to Apply
Application for admission may be made at any time; however, depending on the program the applicant is pursuing, required classes may or may not be available at the time of submitting application. The admission department will instruct all approved applicants when they can begin classes.
Prospective students must complete the required application, and provide evidence of a high school diploma. A high school transcript or a copy of a high school diploma or equivalent can be used for evidence. For credit for previous college work, transcripts from all previous attended colleges should be submitted.
There is an application fee of $50. The fee is non-refundable, and is used to cover the administrative cost of evaluating and enrolling applicants. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to reject any application at any time
Depending on the program that students sign up for, the registrar will designate classes that students must take for the academic year.
Students who are enrolled in a program must check with the registrar to find out what classes they are required to take.
Harvest Army International Seminary offers the following four programs: a certificate with 30 credits, associate diploma with 60 credits (equivalent to Associate Degree), Undergraduate Diploma (equivalent to Bachelor) with 120 credits, and an Advanced Diploma (equivalent to Masters) with 60 credits.
HAIS acknowledges the value of academic and theological training. Students may submit transcripts from other academic and theological institutions that will be reviewed for transfer credits. While we will accept as many credits as possible, it is required that at least 20 credits for an associate degree and 30 credits for a bachelor degree are completed at HAIS.
Life Experience Credit
We recognize that some students have years of experience in ministry, and may have received training that is not recognized by HAIS. We value this experience, and will allocate up to 4 credits per academic year for life experience... To apply for credits for life experience, students must do the following:
For Christian Ministry courses, submit a resume along with a written explanation of why your experience should be accepted as credit for a particular Christian ministry course. In addition, submit a recommendation letter from your pastor or respective church leader verifying your experience in the particular area of ministry. Following an interview, the dean will determine your eligibility.
For all other courses,( general, bible, theological), Students can obtain credit by taking a test given by HAIS in the subject area, and passing the test with at least a 75% grade.
Service credits consist of a student’s involvement in the following:
- mission trips
- pastoral work
- ministry projects
- ministry internships
- humanitarian service
- ministry assignments
Service credits are required to complete all programs. A service credit hour is equivalent to a minimum of 10 hours in any of the above. Therefore, three credits for service would be equivalent to at least 30 hours.