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St. Gregory Nazianzen Institute for Eastern Christian Studies is a free-standing, not-for-profit, private, religious institution of higher learning governed by an independent Board of Trustees that provides faith-based distance learning opportunities in higher education through accessible, affordable, flexible, and high quality undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate programs, (see New Program and Degree Options, Academic Programs, and Headquarters). The Institute's raison d'être is the preparation of men and women for service and leadership roles in the Church, (i.e., its academic programs are directed towards the preparation of students for religious vocations as clergymen, monastics, professionals, and laypersons in the disciplines of theology, ministry, and interdisciplinary studies). The Institute is an academic unit of Universidad Rural de Guatemala, (URG), an institution of higher learning accredited by El Consejo de la Enseñanza Privada Superior [Council of Private Higher Education], Guatemala. URG is listed as an accredited university in the International Handbook of Universities and is included in the International Association of Universities (IAU) database. The IAU is a UNESCO-based worldwide association of higher education institutions.

 

Caribbean Evangelical Theological Association (CETA)

St. Gregory Nazianzen Institute is accredited (see Certificate of Membership) by the Caribbean Evangelical Theological Association (CETA), which operates under the auspices of the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education. The Council's cooperating regional associations are: (1) Accrediting Council for Theological Education in Africa (ACTEA); (2) Asia Theological Association (ATA); (3) the Caribbean Evangelical Theological Association (CETA); (4) European Evangelical Accrediting Association (EEAA); (5) Euro-Asian Accrediting Association (E-AAA); (6) Association for Evangelical Theological Education in Latin America (AETAL); (7) Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), which is recognized by the US Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA); and (8) South Pacific Association of Bible Colleges (SPABC). Through CETA, St. Gregory Nazianzen Institute enjoys links with over 1,000 Christian institutions in 120 countries across 6 continents. For additional information, see ICETE Directory and Manifesto.

Association of Universities of Latin America and the Caribbean for Integration

St. Gregory Nazianzen Institute is a full member of the Asociación de Universidades de América Latina y el Caribe para la Integración [Association of Universities of Latin America and the Caribbean for Integration]. Through the Association, the Institute has mutual course and degree recognition with the Association's 70 member institutions of higher learning listed below, (see Membership).

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Academic Programs

St. Gregory Nazianzen  Institute for Eastern Christian Studies now offers 27 certificate, diploma, and degree programs that have been designed to equip the student for service and leadership in the Church. Additionally, there are now dozens of interdisciplinary double major, minor, and concentration options. For additional information see Academic Programs or contact the Registrar.




Beguiling and deceptive is the life of the world, fruitless its labor, perilous its delight, poor its riches, delusive its honors, inconstant, insignificant; and woe to those who hope in its seeming goods: because of this many die without repentance. Blessed and most blessed are those who depart from the world and its desires.

Elder Nazarius


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