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From the President

NTS: A Missional Seminary Serving a Missional Church
Any Questions?

As I hope you have heard, we are re-visioning NTS. We are so thankful for the heritage we have and will continue to honor and build upon that heritage. At the same time, in these changing times, we are re-visioning NTS as a “Missional Seminary Serving a Missional Church.” With this in mind, let me try to briefly respond to some of the most frequently asked questions.

Q: WHAT IS A MISSIONAL SEMINARY?
A: A Missional Seminary understands that God is a missionary God, that the Church (and the Seminary) are called to participate in God’s mission in the world; therefore, preparation for ministry must take into account the variety of cultural contexts of local church ministry.

Q: HOW WILL NTS AS A MISSIONAL SEMINARY BE DIFFERENT?
A: In preparing women and men for ministry, NTS as a missional seminary will work more intentionally with local churches, districts and sister educational institutions in a variety of social and cultural contexts.

Q: HOW DOES THE NEW MULTI-CAMPUS SEMINARY* FIT IN WITH THE RE-VISIONING OF NTS?
A: This fall, NTS will begin offering coursework for the Master of Divinity Degree (M. Div.) on the campuses of Mount Vernon Nazarene University and Southern Nazarene University. Plans are also underway to begin offering NTS coursework on the campuses of several other sister institutions in future years. The Multi-Campus Seminary will provide students greater access to NTS coursework in a variety of cultural contexts, and will make getting an NTS degree more accessible.

Q: IS THERE STILL A NEED FOR A CENTRAL CAMPUS?
A: Absolutely. The Kansas City campus is the hub, or center, of NTS. The central campus will continue to offer residential students the full range of courses and ongoing interaction with faculty. In addition, the central campus has a lot to offer in regard to campus life including chapel, an outstanding library, a student commons and student housing.

Q: HOW WILL THE RE-VISIONING CHANGES IMPACT MINISTERS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN PURSUING AN NTS DEGREE?
A: As part of the re-visioning process, we are committed to making an NTS degree more flexible, more accessible and more affordable:

  • FLEXIBLE – We have adopted a new curriculum* in which there are more electives, very few required courses, and fewer credit hours necessary for completion of the M. Div. Degree.
  • ACCESSIBLE – Receiving graduate theological education at NTS is now much more accessible through modular courses,online courses and the new Multi-Campus Seminary initiative.
  • AFFORDABLE – Friends of the Seminary have stepped up to provide additional financial support to all new students in the coming year via a President’s Leadership Grant (equivalent to a 25% reduction in tuition). In addition, the proposed reduction of the number of required credit hours for the M. Div. Degree (from 90 to 76) means the overall cost to obtain an M. Div. Degree has been significantly reduced (based on current tuition rates, the estimated savings is $5,600!).

With all these changes, you will likely have additional questions. Some of your questions may be answered in this issue of the Connection (see pages 4-6 in the PDF or printed version in particular); other answers can be found on our website at www.nts.edu.

THANK YOU for your prayerful support of Nazarene Theological Seminary.

Ron Benefiel
President

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