Friday
Jun012007

Dr. Norm Shoemaker ('04)

I decided upon the NTS Doctor of Ministry Degree Program for two reasons: First, without exception, each of the modules was being taught and facilitated by faculty members not at NTS at the time I completed my Master’s Degree there; I valued the opportunity to study with a new generation of Nazarene scholars. And secondly, the Academic Dean was extremely helpful in his encouragement, interest, and support, in contrast to the otherwise pre-occupied administrators I met from several other institutions. The overall strength of the NTS Doctor of Ministry Program in my estimation is the learning that occurs in the context of community. The unique opportunity to “journey” for two years with a cohort of peers determined to stretch and grow, became a gift of God’s grace. We “fanned the flame” in each other, beginning as hopeful strangers and emerging as devoted friends.

Dr. Norm Shoemaker (‘04)
Director of the Center for Pastoral Leadership
Point Loma Nazarene University (San Diego, CA)