Because often they are looking at the world and the potential students in the world as a pizza. Often the more expensive a program is, the more fearful they are about guarding their turf. They don't want you to get your credentials from a smaller program because they want your money. if you don't have money, then they don't care about you.
Can't I start at one program and then go to another? Yes, but don't expect your credits or degree to transfer. Some of them will accept your credits and classes earned in other New Thought programs. These are the good programs. They are not fearful and they are not worried.
But why don't all New Thought Educational Institutions accept transfers? They give many reason and you need to ask them individually for exact answers. Some claim that they have higher standards. This is a highly suspect claim usually based on the fact they have been around longer than another institution. These are the institutons that are less likely to accept your credits, degrees and ministerial credentials from another organization. Basically they are fearful. They are afraid that New Thought is growing beyond their control. They are afraid that they are becoming irrelevant.
But New Thought is not about control, it is about partnership.
That's right, but the paradigm of partnership has not penetrated into their consciousness. These institutions wish to tout themselves as the arbiters and "deciders" about which credentials are the best. Naturally this means their credentials are the only good credentials. Thus they will consult with each other, hire consultants, quite insurance agents and get testimonies from various and sundry allies to stating whatever it is they wish to put forth.
A local church wants me to become their ministers but I graduated from a different school, is that a problem? of these institutes claim they are accredited?
They probably are. Anyone can create an accredation organization and hand out accredation. In the United States, a great deal of things are left to private enterprise. There are a lot of unregulated activites and institutions. That is why there are regulations to prevent unethical activities. If you plan on going to one of these schools and then going to a regular university later on. Find out if that University, the future one, will take the credits given out by the New Thought Educational Institution you are considering. Don't learn after the fact.
What about credits earned at prestigious Universities will they transfer to one of these institiutions?
Maybe, but remember, again these are religious degrees and getting a masters degree in" Co-creation or Consciousness" is not something you can take to the bank or wallstreet. Often there is a chauvinism present in the U.S. institutions. If you get a degree an University of Mexico or University of Heidelberg they may say it doesn't count because they are Americans and can't read another language and might believe that only U.S. degrees count. Don't