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Something I found on a Web-Blog called Signposts 02. Is Doctor Phil really a Doctor?
The article says,
Diploma Mills & Doctorate Dills?
If you are concerned about your spiritual health, you’d be concerned who you’d consider to be your spiritual doctor…
About Phil Pringle’s Doctorate
You can see Phil Pringle promote his credentials here in his own College ‘School of Creative Arts’ prospectus below. Click to view the attachment:
Phil Pringle’s Credentials (pg 15)
“Dr Phil Pringle, OAM
Founder and President of Christian
City Church International
CERTIFICATE IV & DIPLOMA >
Faith + Lessons from The Book of Acts + Leadership
> Founder and President of the Christian City Church International – founded in 1980 with 12 members
in a Surf Club, CCC has since grown to a worldwide movement of over 100 congregations and over 25,000 members
> Senior Minister of CCC Oxford Falls – membership 3,500+
> National President of the Australian Pentecostal Ministers Fellowship
> International Director on Dr David Yonggi Cho’s Church Growth International Board (Yoido Full Gospel Church,
> Awarded the Order of Australia Medal by Queen Elizabeth II in 2001 for his service to the community
> Awarded a PhD by New Covenant International University in 1999, achieved by thesis on the Book of Acts, following a Masters by thesis on Church Growth
> Much-sought-after speaker internationally”
At the back of the prospectus the disclaimer says:
“Disclaimer – All details contained in this brochure are true and correct at the time of printing.”
He promotes his doctorate here too: http://www.philpringlegallery.com/bio.html
In 2000 the Government of Australia awarded him the Order of Australia Medal for services to the community and he has earned a Doctorate in Biblical Philosophy. Dr Pringle has also authored more than ten books and is a sought after international speaker.
(Phil Pringle is on the CMN Board with the president of the ‘New Covenant International University’. The President of the New Covenant International University, is ‘Dr’ Kevin Dyson.)
This information is from http://www.cmnworld.com/about/leadership:
CMN Ministry Board
- Bishop Dale C. Bronner – Atlanta. Sr. Pastor/founder Word of Faith Church, Chairman – Bronner Brothers Corp., CMN.
- Dr. Robert Barriger – Lima, Peru. Sr. Pastor – Camino De Vida Church, national church leader, director of “Red de Hombres” (CMN) for Latin America.
- Eddy Leo –
- Dr. Rod Anderson – London. Co-founder with wife Julie of international prayer ministry, “Prayer for the Nations”.
- Rv. John Arana, Jr. – Arlington, Texas. Sr. Pastor/founder of Center Point Church. Author, motivator, missionary.
- Mr. Glenn Bollinger – Dallas. CEO, Alliance Sports Group, multi-national corporation. Secy. – CMN Board.
- Rev. Joel Brooks, Jr. – Kalamazoo, Michigan. Sr. Pastor/founder Christian Life Center. Author, church planter.
- Dr. Kevin Dyson – Central Coast, Australia. President/founder New Covenant University – international college.
- Dr. Jim Garlow – San Diego. Sr. Pastor Skyline Church. Best-selling author, speaker.
- Dr. Phil Pringle – Sydney, Australia Sr. Pastor C3 Church. President – C3 Churches International.
- Rev. Doug Stringer – Houston. Founder Turning Point Ministries and Somebody Cares, international compassion.
Guess what the address is to this place?
7255, Military Tr, Lake Worth, FLORIDA. Went to Google maps. There’s no ‘New Covenant International University’. Instead you stumble across an academy: Trinity Christian Academy. (Drag image to URL, to see bigger image.)
The address given of this place can be found here:http://epayroll.nasa.gov/documents/fppsTables/Colleges_Universities.txt?keepThis=true&TB_iframe=true
This is their website: http://www.tcalw.org/
You can see that this is the correct institute from google maps because they have photos of the construction site of their new buildings on both google maps and their website. But after browsing endlessly on their church and the TCA website, there is no mention of New Covenant University, New Covenant International University or Kevin Dyson.
But this site may offer some information:http://www.statemaster.com/encyclopedia/Name-It-and-Frame-It%3F
Name It and Frame It? is a 1993 book by Steve Levicoff about Christian schools. He explores the accreditation process, good and bad institutions of higher learning. This work has four different editions, which contain updated information and responses from various groups. In the preface of the third edition Levicoff wrote about the book, “administrators at legitimately accredited Christian schools loved it, but the operators of degree mills weren’t too pleased.”
There are some very impressive ministry college names in the list in his book. The one that caught my eye was, ‘New Covenant International Theological Seminary‘, which is supposedly located in Honolulu, Hawaii. Thank you Steve Levicoff!
Just to be sure this was the institute, I checked out the New Covenant International Theological Seminary:http://www.newcovenant.edu/index.php?page=home.
Read the ‘About Us’ here (Emphasis mine):http://www.newcovenant.edu/index.php?page=about-us2&PHPSESSID=e001e896d3b1d9ca604838def87de407.
NCI was founded in Auckland, New Zealand in 1978 as a logical outgrowth of the recognition that all members of the local church body need appropriate forms and levels of training and equipping to be able to effectively do the work of serving those around them, as well as those in other nations.
In 1990 NCIU was incorporated in the United States as an independent, self-governing corporation where it remains to this day. NCI was established in relationship with the apostolic oversight of a local assembly of Christian believers at Lake Worth, Florida, as well as other ministry leaders from a broad spectrum. NCIU is a “user focused” institution that exists to serve the needs of the end-users, not simply to perpetuate knowledge for the sake of knowledge. Our chief end is to glorify God and Him alone in all that we do.
It is widely known that many fully engaged leaders and adults with careers, families and community involvement— with busy lives— often desire to further their education and be better equipped for their chosen task of Christian service, regardless of their vocational location.
To these people, NCI University & Theological Seminary offers an enriching learning experience that allows them to fit much needed education into their lives, rather than forcing them to fit their lives into education.
NCIU acknowledges that the local body of Christian believers and its community of members remain the primary place for planting and nurturing of biblical, foundational truth and meaningful spiritual experiences through what is termed “the Disciple-making Process”.
The “Disciple-making Process,” which is God’s prime weapon for extending His ever-increasing, unshakable kingdom throughout the nations and people groups of the entire earth, may take place within recognized structures or spontaneous, organic groups in the marketplace and beyond. The new life of faith needs to grow where it happens!
The necessity of this pivotal practice is under-scored by NCIU in the development and provision of appropriate foundation and disciple-making materials, such as are found in the Resources section of this website.
In the technology-driven twenty first century with the worldwide Internet providing adult learners with a more convenient global-focused education, this process is a basic task. The challenge, however, for NCI University & Theological Seminary is to make sure that this ‘convenience factor’ keeps technology as our servant and not our master. It also provides the global vehicle for us to be able to jointly engage in a genuine, educational, intellectually challenging and spiritually enriching experience.
It is because of the commitment to maintaining this academic standard and practical spiritual development that NCI University & Theological Seminary is able to provide culturally relevant and meaningful distance-learning, higher education programs, establishing it amongst the more innovative Christian institutions of higher learning.
NCI University & Theological Seminary also works alongside a number of campus-based Christian education providers on the five main continents and gives special recognition to their validated programs as equal components of the total learning requirements to receive specified, academic awards for religious, vocational purposes.
Go to this websites contact page:http://www.newcovenant.edu/index.php?page=contact
You will find an address and map (address sound familiar?). Click the image below to see the screen grab of where the map says this ‘University’ is. (Drag image to URL, to see bigger image.)
Enter this address into Google maps and you will find this familiar location. (Drag image to URL, to see bigger image.)
It’s the same place. No university. The university’s information is wrong when it says, “In 1990 NCIU was incorporated in the United States as an independent, self-governing corporation where it remains to this day”.
I quickly went over to this site to check if NCI University & Theological Seminary should be indeed considered a diploma mill:http://www.elearners.com/guide/online-colleges-universities-and-schools/diploma-mills/.
How can I tell if a school is a diploma mill?
- They often have names similar to well-known colleges or universities, but fail to mention an accrediting agency or name a fake accrediting agency.
- The organization frequently changes addresses, sometimes moving from state to state.
- Written materials typically include numerous spelling and grammatical errors, sometimes on the diploma itself.
- Overemphasis on the speed and brevity with which someone can receive a degree (e.g. “Call now and have your degree shipped to you overnight!”).
- Degrees can be earned in far less time than normal (e.g. 27 days) or the diploma is printed with a specific backdate.
- There is no selectivity in admissions, or any questions about previous test scores or detailed academic history.
- No interaction with professors or faculty (e.g. only two emails are received from a professor).
- Degree requirements are vague or unspecified, lacking class descriptions and without any mention of how many credit hours are required to complete a program.
- Tuition and fees are typically on a per-degree basis.
- Grade point average (GPA) and academic honors (e.g. Summa Cum Laude) can be specified at the time of purchase.
Finally, I found this comment made by Lionfish on Groupsects:
“Dr Phil (Pringle) “earned” his doctorate from New Covenant International University in Florida writing a book about Acts.
Note that even on his own site he does not quote the Institution from where he “earned”” this qualification: Source:http://www.philpringlegallery.com/bio.html
Here is the website for this institution: http://www.newcovenant.edu/(note the low number of visitors to the site and the ‘sprawling campus at this address: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=7255+South+Military+Trail+Lake+Worth,+33463-7899+USA&sll=37.509726,-95.712891&sspn=38.626676,93.164063&ie=UTF8&ll=26.569491,-80.111275&spn=0.042912,0.090981&z=14
There are a number of well researched sources that document that New Covenant International University is yet another diploma mill.
“This is a legal religious educational institution in the state of Florida in the USA. The Florida Statutes 1005.6 (f) states that, “A religious college may operate without governmental oversight”.
That means you can start up an university to teach black magic in Florida as long as the rules in Statutes 1005.6 is followed. You can give out Ph.D in Voodoo or Ph.D in Bomoh, if you like. Though being legally instituted by the state of Florida, that alone does not guarantee the recognition of the institution’s degrees in other states of the USA and other countries. Such recognition comes through ‘accreditation’. That means the master’s degrees and doctorates provided by institutions which are accredited and those which are not are qualitatively different.
The accreditation body that guarantees the quality of higher education in Florida is the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Theological seminaries and Christian universities like Asbury Theological Seminary and Baylor University are accredited by the body. And New Covenant International University & Theological Seminary is not in the accreditation list.
Simply said, those without accreditation is free to grant degrees without ensuring academic competency and so the certificates are not recognized. The implication is that those people who got their degrees and doctorates from unaccredited institutions cannot use the title “Dr.” in their referent, or even if they use it, it is a fake “Dr.”, like calling a woman without a child under her care as “mother”.
Now you may be wondering why am I highlighting the New Covenant International University & Theological Seminary. That is because the institution’s president Kevin Dyson was here earlier this year giving a series of talks on relationship at City Harvest Church. And lo and behold, our local charismatic Kong Hee’s Master of Divinity (M.Div) and Doctor of Theology (D.Th) are from Dyson’s institution. If he really wants a good quality theological education degree, he can get them from local seminaries and theological colleges. There are plenty which are accredited here. Don’t have to get from a dubious institution in Florida. But if he prefer overseas degrees, he should opt for places like Asbury or Baylor”. Source:http://szezeng.blogspot.com/2009/12/new-covenant-international-university.html
1: Be wary of any Doctorate earned in the US – especially Florida. 2: Do your own research
3: Ask for a copy of Dr Phil’s transcript and ask any University in Australia whether they would recognize it
3: Be extremely wary of anything a megachurch Pastor tells you!
RJM – Lionfish”
- So Phil Pringle for the last few years has been asking his staff and students to call him Dr Phil.
- Pringle has used his ‘Doctorate’ to promote and advertise his ministry and ministry colleges.
- Phil Pringle is on a board of members where he seems to know the president of the NCI University & Theological Seminary, Kevin Dyson.
- Kevin Dyson DID have an educational institution in Florida, which later moved off the property.
- Kevin Dyson also gave Kong Hee a Master’s and Doctorate in theology.
Maybe it is worth to take Steve Levicoff’s advice from his book, ‘Name It and Frame It’. If the book was released in 1993, it already exposes the sad credentials of Kong Hee. With Pringle it is more questionable. There is no sign whatsoever that the Seminary is now endorsed as an accredited educational facility. Since Pringle gained his doctorate in 1999, the chances are incredibly high that it is not legitimate.
What adds further weight to it’s illegitimacy is the fact that Pringle only promoted his credentials only a few times. The second time I found he used his doctorate credentials, he was too vague to explain where he got them, what he got them for and who gave them to him. Even if he knows his doctorate is meaningless, why would he not promote people to call him ‘Doctor’ anyway?
If anyone has any more information regarding this, please comment and source your information.
This is a good post. I am currently undertaking PhD studies, via the University of Sydney. Let me tell you first-hand, it is a rigorous enough process being admitted,let alone beginning the PhD itself. For starters, you need to have completed:
1 – A Bachelors Degree. This is typically 3-4 years of undergraduate study at a recognized institution.
2 – A Masters degree. Usually 1.5-2 years of postgraduate research work, or it can be undertaken as coursework, provided you then undertake additional post-grad study on top. Again, this needs to be undertaken at recognized institutions.
3 – You must submit a compelling research proposal. This outlines to the faculty your project scope and specifics and articulates how you will be making an “original contribution” to the wider body of knowledge within your chosen academic field. If the faculty has “heard it before” or if there is little evidence of originality, you can forget the application proceeding beyond this point.
All told, there needs to be around the 4.5 – 6 years worth of study prior to even applying, or considering application for a PhD. So in the first instance, one must ask themselves where Phil Pringle has completed all of the above? Good question.
Any institution admitting students who have not undertaken the above should not be taken seriously.
Secondly, published academic writing and PhD dissertations are held in high regard and as such, are subject to being “peer reviewed.” This means that the authors work is scrutinized and critiqued thoroughly before proceeding further. Everything is analyzed, from appropriate referencing to your use of arguments to general grammar and writing style. We must therefore ask – who undertook to review Dr. Pringle’s thesis? And what qualifications do they have?
If Phil Pringle does indeed have a doctorate, I imagine that his thesis would be of the 100,000+ word figure, a substantial work by any standard. Those who have gone to the trouble of earning a doctorate will usually publish their thesis being that the whole M.O here is to make a contribution to the wider body of knowledge. Is there a publication from Dr. Pringle that would be of this standard and length?
At the very least, a copy of Dr. Pringle’s thesis should be available from the institution, upon request.
Bill, Pringle dropped out of high school after a couple of years, and worked on the rubbish truck, emptying garbage cans into the truck.
The other option is that Dr Pringle was awarded an “honorary” doctorate.
Nominally, these are given to individuals who have made substantial contributions to their field and the honorary doctorate is a recognition of that fact. They are given out at the discretion of the institution.
Honorary Lollipop said:
Do you mean “made substantial contributions” to his own pocket and superfund, and to the rest of the itching ear masses by preaching a heretical and damning Word of Faith prosperity perversion of the biblical message of repentance of sin and faith in Christ? – your probably right, Pringle has earned himself 10 honorary doctorates in that ‘field’
I’ve never heard him ask to be called Dr, just saying I also have friends that go to the college and they don’t call him Dr
He himself, puts Doctor on some of his books and has allowed people to call him Doctor when they choose. He claims to also have a doctorate.
He used to get called “Doctor” quite a bit, but that doesn’t seem to have been the case for a while now. I think he realised that people had woken up to the deception, and even he could appreciate how bad that made him look.
He’s a man of average intelligence who wants to be perceived as being bright. It’s a symptom of his deep-seated insecurities, which themselves spring from the shallowness of whatever relationship may have with God. It’s all rather sad.
@ Courtney – his wife calls him Dr. Phil quite often.
From the “CMN Ministry Board” above – Bishop Dale Bronner is keynote speaker at C3 Realmen Conference….
Click to access Real%20Men%20Digital%20Brochure.pdf
Gary MacDougall said:
Honorary Lollipop you have made a substantial contribution to christianity with your post above and I would like to promote you to Bishop. Archbishop Gary.
I was in the actual service when it was announced Phil Pringle had received his doctorate. Simon McIntyre made the announcement towards the end of the service, and it was a pretty big deal. Phil made out like he didn’t want a fuss made over it but from then on, was referenced as “Dr Pringle” by staff and others. This would have been 98 or 99, I can’t exactly recall.
Honorary Doctorate in Fairyfloss Making said:
if Pringle has truly earned a doctorate in theology, why is he a theological novice? why does he demonstrate precious little theological knowledge, why does demonstrate no discernment, why is he apparently unfamiliar with even the most basic themes of scripture, why does he consistently twist scripture and take individual verses of scripture out of context (even a first year seminary student learns the basis of a proper biblical hermeneutic and has it drummed into them not to ‘cherry pick’ verses of scripture), why does he demonstrate no ability to properly preach in an expository manner instead of turing the bible into some repository of narccissistic little platitudes like Aesop’s Fables or a silly sentimental “footprints in the sand” Hallmark card, why does he embrace, promote, and teach heretical and damning Word of Faith doctrine, why does he allow the WoF and NAR wolves (i.e. KONG HEE at the conference a few days ago (d i s g r a c e f u l)) into the pulpit to devour his “flock”, why…….etc…..
the reason is, he is a fraud and if he ever was awarded a ‘doctorate’ (by whatever means imaginable), it is an absolute canard and the institution that allowed it to happen should hang thier head in shame, Pringle should step down from his CEO role, stop calling himself a pastor and associating his activities with the biblical & historic Christian faith, give back all of the money he has fleeced from the flock over the years, grow a very long beard, invest in a baseball cap and sunglasses, repent and be forgiven and go and sit ‘quietly’ at the back of a biblical church under the ministry of a real biblical pastor for the rest of the term of his natural life…….
Hey there. I was at no point suggesting Pringle is worthy of the Dr suffix, merely that it’s not beyond the scope of possibility that some institution, somewhere, bestowed this upon him in the honorary sense.
I hear what you’re saying. No argument from me!
Hi. I am studying at NCIU doing a Ph.D. with the german extension center. All my mentors here are fully recognised german/european doctors. After I will defend the Thesis it will be published. My M.A. is from Columbia International University 2003 (SACS). I found the requirements were very hard. I wrote it in german, and many people e.g. the german sports university in cologne is very interested in my interdisciplinary subject. I understand that in the US are many bible colleges “unaccredited” but most of them have good quality. Even Fuller around 2005 would have granted me access to their programm. One year costs would have been around 30.000 Dollars. So maybe you get an idea why some people want to study but have some reasons why not to enroll in the world class universities. Can I be proud of the title? The German
Würste Frankfurter's Gap Decade at a German Seminary said:
Sorry Hans, but a theoligical education at a German institution better qualifies one of its graduates to run NASA space mission than it does to stand behind a pulpit and teach people the word of God…..in fact I have heard many of them make very good Subway sandwitch artists……..
Gary MacDougall said:
Honorary Doctorate in Fairyfloss Making your post was spot on. You have been granted an Honorary Doctorate in Easter Egg Dropping from Helicopters!
Gary MacDougall said:
Hey guys why don’t we all call each other ‘Dr’ Jake etc and that way we can make the title as meaningless as it really is in Christendom?
Maybe someone can grant you the title of Mockery Ph.D. I asked a serious question.
@ Oliver – I agree.
I would like to see this blog answer all questions and issues addressing the church today, with respect, including the person of Phil Pringle. He is a husband, a father, a grandfather and these are areas of his life that are above reproach.
We need to critique the man’s ministry and it’s impact in the church world today, rather than the man himself. We need to hold ourselves to the same standard we expect of others.
Personally, I am sure he “believes” what he’s doing is of God. The bible clearly, proves, along with many other ministries in the world today, he is deceived. And we are all a “scripture twist” away from being in the same boat.
Oliver, there has been a lot of investigation into his doctorate. I think we can safely say he has not done or achieved anything to the standard you have applied to achieving your goals. Money would not be an issue, I’m sure, when it comes to paying for a theological education if he wished to pursue one from a reputable seminary.
Würste Frankfurter's Gap Decade at a German Seminary said:
“We need to critique the man’s [Pringle] ministry and it’s impact in the church world today, rather than the man himself. We need to hold ourselves to the same standard we expect of others.”
Your absolutely right “Berean”…….after all, he is (apparently) the husband of only one wife – and1 out 15 “P E R S O N A L” character attributes mentioned in Holy Scripture for the pastoral office aint half bad……compared to a scumbag like Todd Bentley….right…..???
you are no “berean” if you want to argue like that……..
@ WFGDAAGS – Not interested in arguing for the sake of it.
But since you brought the name up (Todd Bentley), and this is not a personal “attack” on Phil Pringle, just wondering about his apparent pastoral lack of ability to discern character traits in others.
So let’s join a few dots……………
Phil Pringle endorses Bill Johnson by inviting him to be next year’s keynote speaker (again) at Presence 2013.
Bill Johnson endorses John Crowder of “tokin the ghost” fame, recommends his own followers to follow Crowder’s ministry. FB exchange between Bill Johnson & Dan Carlton – “Why would you entertain two crazy nutters like Benjamin Dunn and John Crowder?” Johnson responds “I’ll stand with the accused any day before I’ll stand with their accusers”
Bill Johnson is part of the group that has endorsed Todd Bentley’s restoration to public ministry, along with his new trophy “prophetic – I see elephants” wife (former nanny of his children), after a year in the “wilderness” of repentance?
Phil Pringle seems not to know how to deal with a little problem called “leaven” –
1 Cor 5:6 “……don’t you know a little leaven affects the whole batch of dough?”
And as for what we see in the church today, it appears that we are not allowed to be critical (Berean) of abberant ministers/ministries but rather we are to embrace them?
Gary MacDougall said:
Good idea Oliver…it could be abreviated to M.Ph.D. Berean money may not be an object but is he prepared to put the blood, sweat and tears into it like everyone else has to? As someone else has pointed out he has been gifted a doctorate for false teachings, pulpit pimping and blatant scamming not to mention his pagan Easter egg act and his Catholic style crucifying of Jesus afresh.
Berean , I’m sure most pulpit pimpers like Pringle are pricked in their consciences initially, but now maybe Pringle’s conscience is seared with a hot iron. However , surely from time to time he must have some intuition that he is deceived. He also has people like Gervase Charmley,bless his soul, who calls Pringle’s teaching rubbish and calls Pringle a twit. Personally, I think Pringle is so full of his inflated ego, that he wouldn’t listen to the best man of God in the world.
@ Gary – Oliver says “One year costs would have been around 30.000 Dollars. So maybe you get an idea why some people want to study but have some reasons why not to enroll in the world class universities.”
I mentioned money, because Oliver seems to suggest that Phil Pringle may not be able to afford it 🙂
Initially did he set out to deceive? I don’t believe so. Not from what we saw in the early life at C3. We were all caught up in a definite lack of doctrinal integrity. Your perspective in NZ prior to his arrival in Australia is another story.
Agree that Ps. Charmley is a force to be reckoned with :), but it seems that an early “twitter'” put paid to Pringle’s view of critics (especially accurate and Godly ones).
Gary MacDougall said:
True, Phil could manipulate the money for tuition fees out of the sheeple in one offering. Just show some starving children in Africa or India and the dumb sheeple will empty their wallets.
I believe you’re right about not starting out to deceive. However Phil never had any bible training like Gervase Charmley for example has had. The Bartons, whilst from time to time having a few good teaching sermons, were basically evangelists and the AOG only wanted to employ them as such. The AOG recognized their calling.However the Bartons fancied themselves as pastors and dragged the Pringles into the whirlwind. Yonathon who posts on here actually has more insight than myself about the AOG. He has good insight prior to when I arrived. Actually I’m glad Yonathon came into this site to comment because I was beginning to think I was the only one left from those days. God used Yonathon to bring me back down to earth! he he he.There are still 400 prophets that haven’t bowed down to Baal! Anyway I don’t have an axe to grind…I am just a believer saved by grace and don’t need to prove anything to the world!
@ Gary – I attended a C3 Bible College many years ago. Even then, it was a stretch for students to pay fees. At the time, the pastors were the “lecturers”.
An example of “sound” teaching on the part of one? The study of predestination – lecturer’s erudite teaching? “That’s a tough subject, imagine walking through a door and looking back & seeing a sign over the door on this side, saying ‘predestined’…” Case closed, subject covered, let’s move on to another topic.
Assignments? Did a lot of those – marked in the mid to high 90% with 100% for major work on Joshua. A few years ago, I dug them out and threw them away, realising that had I been marked by a professor at, let’s say, Moore College, I would have had a resounding “FAIL”.
Does the ego/flesh good to think you’re a walking “biblical genius” (until you line yourself up against the Word of God – ouch!!)
Later on I did the year-long counselling course, convinced by leaders I was perfect for the “job”. Told by the principal (hereslf a psychologist) that the Holy Spirit told her that I must be accepted to do the course…hmmmmm. (more ego-stroking)
Put to work with people whose lives were falling apart, totally unqualified to deal with such tragic situations, I “resigned”, telling them that I’m more of an encourager than a counsellor. There are people (not many) gifted for counselling and wouldn’t deny its effective role when used in a proper environment.
This particular section of the College (now no longer operating) was allowing people to enrol who were more in need of counselling than to be counsellors! We had to dissuade the principal of enrolling one particular girl, totally unqualified, yet this same principal claimed the Holy Spirit tells her who to enroll???????
From what I’ve been told, there are outside lecturers coming in now, more qualified to teach in the current Bible College, and I would be interested to hear someone’s view on that, in light of their experience attending in the last few years.
Würste Frankfurter's Gap Decade at a German Seminary said:
Well…….colour me skeptical but I wont be holding my breth for the day that the C3 Biebul Skool of finger-painting is even capable of boasting its first convert let alone bible scholar….
You guys really need to get a girlfriend !!
@ Gray @ et al – this is an interesting article….
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Pringle was a fraud from day one At Sydenham AOG and led many young folk into countless failed relationships and failed ventures by his teaching along wuth Wayne Tindall whom he controlled.
Phil was always on the take and as long as you towed the line you got places in the heirachy until he left when his money supply a la Dennis and Barbra Barton were dumped from the church pastorship…….cult of personality issues that Phil followed.
Seems a shame that his teachings and departure created a vacuum that was filled by Boddy and Daryl Reeves etc. who ran the young peoples group that led to maariages
that later failed in the majority of cases and infidelities that followed when they crossed the ditch in the great Spritual migration to Austalia where their corrupt both financially ethically and moraly behaviiur continued
I would also suggest that looking at C3 issues one only has to look at the affliations of the Kiwi pastors of C3 churches to see they come out of the Jesus movement that Pringle was in charge of in Christchurch, the Sydenham AOG and Peter Morrows creation of the New Life Centre where the get the money and run philosopy came from.
Unfortunately spritual migration seems to come after a number of years in the money controlled churches and then they slinter off and form new cults and find new vulnerables to fleece.
Yonathon said quote “Pringle was a fraud from day one At Sydenham AOG and led many young folk into countless failed relationships and failed ventures by his teaching along wuth Wayne Tindall whom he controlled.”unquote
I was saved before Phil and also witnessed the Barton/Pringle circus in action. Unfortunately the leopard (Pringle) hasn’t changed its spots and he still gracariously needs his ego fed day by day.
Yonathon also said quote “Phil was always on the take and as long as you towed the line you got places in the heirachy until he left when his money supply a la Dennis and Barbra Barton were dumped from the church pastorship…….cult of personality issues that Phil followed.” unquote
Once again nothing has changed.
I thank God that He prevented me from being sucked in by the Spiritual Bermuda triangle of Barbara & Dennis Barton and Pringle.
Pringle started out with preaching absolute garbage at Hebron House-the guy had only been saved a couple of weeks and he’s preaching???
Right at the beginning Pringle scammed a free wedding and honeymoon out of the church and once again the leopard hasn’t changed its spots. BTW the money used was money the flock had given to the Lord for “God’s work”.
The Bartons effectively were kicked out by God. They were removed from the church by democratic vote that was fair and equitable. Each member of the church voted as they believed God was showing them in their heart.I believe that God needed to get rid of them and the Pringle fiasco before the whole church was shipwrecked.
Yonathon, I want to touch base-can you contact me on Facebook-Gary MacDougall or Creations Landarch International (both linked).
It is worth amplifying what Pringle’s diploma mill wrote on their website:
“NCIU is a “user focused” institution that exists to serve the needs of the end-users, not simply to perpetuate knowledge for the sake of knowledge. Our chief end is to glorify God and Him alone in all that we do.”
This would explain why Pringle doesn’t want “intellectual idiots” in his church. They would easily expose him as a passionately stupid one.
Idiocy In High Places?
It is of our opinion, as explored in the article above, Pringle purposely does not encourage people to use their minds but their emotions. This leaves people open for manipulation within the C3 church environment.
C3 Leader: Move Away From The “Emotional Moment Of A Service” To Give Money
This is the only way Phil Pringle can exercise spiritual authority and power over people. If they show any expertise or greater knowledge of the scriptures then Pringle, it’s no wonder they are often victimised, pressured to leave, bullied or demonised by the teachings, behaviour and tactics of Phil Pringle. (See C3 Tirade Brigade.)
Michael Vaughn said:
Hello from the States,
I came across this blog by accident. I am in the early process of starting a fully accredited bible college. Why? Because many of the fully accredited bible colleges here produce students that are an embarrassment to a holy God. I literally have people begging for a real college that will not make them bankrupt. This article reminded me why I am doing this labor.
Michael – Check out The Master’s Seminary if you want to see how a really good institution is run.
TMS – The Master’s Seminary : http://www.tms.edu/
Dr No said:
Is “Doctor” Phil Pringle really a doctor?
Well let’s check Wikipedia – surely if Phil has a genuine doctorate, someone from among his legions of faithful lapdogs will have ensured that his qualification is listed there. Oh, oh! Nothing at all in wikipedia about Phil having a doctorate! We can read about his OAM, but nothing about any doctorate, nothing about any degree, and in fact nothing about his education at all (I know that Phil went to some art school in New Zealand, but apparently he didn’t learn much during his time there).
There has obviously been a terrible, terrible oversight here.
Hey Phil, are you still following this site? You better get one of your minions to update wikipedia pronto! Otherwise, people might suspect that CW is right, and that your so-called doctorate is as fake as the prosperity gospel that gets pushed at C3 week in and week out. Perhaps you’ve got a faithful sheepdog who can do the job for you (can sheepdogs type?)
Pringle dropped out of high school and became a garbage collector, working on the rubbish trucks in Christchurch. He’s a dummie.
His art is just splashes of colour and an outright disgusting, ripoff scam.
Phil Pringle Can't Fool Me said:
“(I know that Phil went to some art school in New Zealand, but apparently he didn’t learn much during his time there)”
The only thing Phil Pringle learned how to ‘draw’ at art school was a big, fat, undeserved pension from unsuspecting congregants.
From my recollections of the AOG days and subsequent years in NZ, Pringle didn’t attend art school. When he was first saved Wayne Tyndall, Pringle and myself all painted pictures that were bought by members of the church. Pringle is useless with real art.Think about it logically-the rubbish he paints could be done by a ten year old child.
“Think about it logically-the rubbish [Pringle] paints could be done by a ten year old child.”
That’s quite true (not only that, but Pringle’s painting is far better than his theology).
“… pictures that were bought by members of the church.”
Ah, the old “exploit the captive audience” trick. Doesn’t Pringle persist to this day in flogging his zero-value works to the victims of his cult?
Is there a doctor in the house of God? said:
Check out Pringle’s very own biography at http://philpringle.com/about-phil-pringle – there is no mention of a Doctorate, which is quite surprising, given that he is ever-ready to trumpet his so-called gifts and achievements to the entire world.
Pringle states that “I also love to write […]”, which is quite ironic when you notice that the first paragraph of his biography refers to him in the third person, and the second paragraph is inexplicably written in the first person. Clearly Pringle’s writing is the same as his “preaching” – he loves to do it, but he is completely clueless as to how he should go about it. He’s not even smart enough to hire someone to vet the stuff he publishes – anyone who’s been to primary school would be able to spot the inconsistencies and errors in his work.
Poor old Phil is a big man who doesn’t have an intellect to match – no wonder he has such a marked inferiority complex, and that he is so touchy about being called out over his many egregious errors. I suppose he can take solace in the fact that soon he will be able to retire into the total obscurity that he so richly deserves, at which time he will be able to live out the remainder of his days in relative comfort thanks to all that money he has . Too bad it’s other people’s money, eh Phil?