Well, it seemed amazing that the International Christian Churches could set up a whole university in a couple of weeks, and even decorate founder Kip McKean with a doctorate degree almost as quickly.
How did they do it? Easy!
IT'S. NOT. ACCREDITED!
That means, any "degrees" it issues are COMPLETELY IMAGINARY and not worth a 5 cents. The ICCM is NOT A REAL SCHOOL.
It did seem a bit suspicious that Kip could earn a Ph.D. without going through the normal years-long process of research, writing a thesis, getting it reviewed by a panel of Ph.D.'s, defending the thesis, etc.
From an email sent out from ICCM in response to an inquiry:
"We have been given an accreditation exemption from the state of California and therefore the degrees we offer are under no accrediting boards, save our own. Any degree/credential given by our seminary would be accepted only within our family of churches. Our Bachelor's degree would not, for example, be transferable or serve as a pre-requisite to another seminary's Master's degree program." (Bolding mine).
I wonder how much they are charging the members for these excellent services?
Interestingly, the above email seems to contradict the message currently on its Facebook page: "At present [the ICCM] confers the degrees of Bachelors, Masters and Doctorates in Ministry."
Omitting the tiny detail that the "degrees" are 100% WORTHLESS everywhere except in their church of 2,000. You have a doctorate degree - because Kip McKean SAYS you have a graduate degree! And in the ICC, that's what matters most.
But they are, like, a totally real, and awesome - AWESOME - school! They even have, like, their own web site! Well, not like a real website, but, you know, like a whole Facebook page and everything! That's, like, totally legit!