SUM Fresno

    Cornerstone Church of Fresno, CA operates in partnership with SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary to enhance the distance education that SUM provides. SUM is a fully accredited Bible College that is training men and women to proclaim Christ throughout the cities of our world! At the SUM Fresno cohort you will be able to gather with like-minded SUM students in a dynamic classroom environment while fulfilling the SUM experiential ministry and spiritual training requirements via the practical hands-on ministry training and transformational mentorship provided by Cornerstone Church and various local ministry leaders.

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    SUM’s distance education uses the internet to provide live two-way classroom interaction. To enhance this educational experience, SUM helps students organize into study groups which voluntarily meet at locations provided by ministries around the country. SUM refers to these group locations as “cohorts.” Cohorts provide free internet access, a study room, and all the needed equipment for SUM’s students. The classroom facilities are donated by a local church. SUM’s students are encouraged to participate in the sponsoring cohort site’s ministry for their experiential ministry requirements.


    SUM Bible College & Theological Seminary equips local leaders from America and the other nations around the world by offering an accredited, affordable theological education combining academic instruction, practical hands-on ministry, and personal mentorship. Our mission empowers these leaders to be instruments of change in their communities.


    Undergraduate Program

    The BA degree focuses on academic preparation and real-life applications, which allow students to think clearly, examin their Christian heritage, write distinctively, form a Biblical theology and worldview, and communicate the Gospel effectively. We offer concentrations based on the fivefold ministry according to Ephesians 4:11

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    Graduate Program

    MA in Biblical Studies
    The degree equips students for the biblical research aspects of ministry related to teaching, preaching, Bible education, and research. Students research biblical concepts and theological principles with a view toward equipping the saints and building the local church. The MA in Biblical Studies is an appropriate degree for anyone called to serve in any of the five-fold ministries.

    MA in Christian Leadership

    Students are equipped to lead Christian organizations through learning the skills required to evaluate leadership practices with biblical principles, critically examine Christian organizations and trends through theological critique, personal reflection on the inner life of a leader, and servanthood within the kingdom of God.

    Master of Divinity

    Students are prepared for vocational ministry through biblical, theological, and applied theological studies. The essence of ministry in the future requires the skills of biblical exposition, grasping Christian theological heritage, disciple making, spiritual formation of the minister, interpersonal skills, servanthood leadership, and worship leadership relevant to culture yet faithful to the core Christian gospel.

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    SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary is nationally accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), the oldest Bible college accreditation agency, specializing in biblical ministry formation and professional leadership education. It is officially recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education. It is also one of the eight regional associations that make up the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE), representing North America.

    ABHE provides the best option for maintaining high academic standards while also sharing the Christian faith. Their Accreditation Standard on Institutional Integrity requires institutions to be honest and open with its compliance regarding accrediting, licensing and governing bodies.
    In acknowledgement of a satisfactory institutional self-study and evaluation team visit, the Commission on Accreditation reaffirmed until 2021 the accredited status of SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary with all the rights, privileges and honors that pertain to it. This is the longest possible term of re-accreditation that the ABHE confers.

    Association for Biblical Higher Education

    5850 T.G. Lee Blvd, Suite #130
    Orlando, FL 32822
    (407) 207-0808

    Bureau for Private Post-secondary Education

    2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
    Sacramento California, 95833
    (916) 431-6959

    SUM is currently registered with the Louisiana Board of Regents, Florida Board of Regents and California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). The Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education has granted SUM approval to operate and grant degrees within the State of California. Approval to operate means compliance with minimum standards set forth by the BPPE.
    SUM complies with the Department of Consumer Affairs with all state statutes, rules, and regulations pertaining to private post secondary institutions.

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