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From the President

Over the past year, I have had the privilege of working with members of the NTS Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and students in creating a new vision statement. As we considered what NTS might look like in the future, we came to realize that NTS is already well on its way to becoming the kind of seminary it needs to be in order to carry out its mission in a world that is rapidly changing and increasingly complex. NTS is and is becoming a very different kind of seminary; a seminary that is missional in every respect, especially as we understand missional to mean participating in God’s mission in the world.

What does the seminary that NTS is becoming look like? It is a seminary that partners with local congregations and extension centers in a wide variety of cultural contexts; it is a seminary that values residential education and offers online coursework; it is a seminary that prepares people for ministry in the U.S. and Canada, while accepting the challenge and responsibility to serve as a theological education partner to the global Church.

NTS has a great heritage. Over the past 65 years, thousands of people have been well prepared to be faithful and effective ministers of the Gospel. But as successful as we have been in fulfilling our mission in the past, the challenges of a changing world require us to think differently and creatively about the future. The new kind of seminary NTS is, and is becoming, is one that is centered in God’s redemptive mission in the world. NTS is a missional seminary serving a missional Church.

Ron Benefiel
NTS President

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