But, why is there a "but"?
Because some in New Thought believe in bureaucracy and judgement. Shocking as it is to experience this. You could get a quality degree and education from a great instituation such as Emerson Institute and go anywhere n the world and set up a ministry. But some denominations might be afraid of the competition from various educational organizations in New Thought and thus slander other programs, graduates from those programs or simply do their best to erect barriers to jobs in their particular organization.
Should I be concerned about denominational turf wars or slanders? You should be aware that if you want to get a job in a particular denomination, you might want to get your education through them. At the same time you should understand that it is silly to limit yourself to a particular denomination. You might find yourself paying a heap of money for a degree that you can never use.
What do you mean a degree I can never use? Often the denominations that are touting themselves as the best and slandering the rest have all kinds of Spiritual Polltiics designed to insure that you "toe the line". Like the Roman Catholic Church these denominations are consumed by "nicolationism" (defined as the belief and practice of hierarchical governance, the using of inquisitions to maintain a false system of conformity, with an emphasis on mandatory tithing and using a paid ministry which is characterized by a lack of compassion for the membership and surrounding communities). In such organizations you might find yourself paying out a huge sum of money for a degree then being blocked from their ministry at the last minute. By the way, you are not going to get a refund. They will just grant you a degree in "co-creation or consciousness" or something else and tell you to get up the road.
How can they do that?
It is often carefully couched in their paperwork. You are signing up for a degree but this does not guarantee that you will become a minister. They have the right to do this because these are religious organizations. Your degree is no guarantee that you will be accepted into their organization. But you can always go out and start your own church once you have your degree. That is the beauty of living in the free world. You will just kick yourself that you didn't think of that in the first place and go to a different institution.
I thought "the inquisition" was a Roman Catholic thing?
It was, but it is still around in the Roman Catholic Church and some New Thought denominations have recreated it in the form of "consciousness committees" One student went to an institute based in Colorado and had a professor from who wanted to sleep with him. He refused her advances and wound up in front of a consciousness committee on some pretext that she concocted. "Beware of the woman scorned." Some of these institutes have created layers and layers of bureaucracy and committees out of fear and the desire to control outcomes. ASK lots of questions, DO lots of research, GET lots of answers. BEFORE you commit yourself to an institution.
Your degree can get you a job but...
That job will be in New Thought and some institutions may be jealous that you got your degree from a place outside of their system. Don't expect to get a regular job with your Master's degree in "Consciousness" Your prospective employer is liable to use you as the butt of a joke for the rest of his or her life unless of course she goes to the same New Thought Center as you, then she might welcome you with open arms and you may have the best job of your life!