Nazarene Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the launch of its Center for Pastoral Leadership (CPL), under the direction of Dr. Jesse Middendorf, General Superintendent Emeritus for the Church of the Nazarene.
NTS is once again sponsoring a trip to explore our spiritual heritage. Please plan NOW to join us May 16-30, 2014* for “The Roots of our Faith Journey: From Martin Luther to John Wesley”, including travel to Germany and England.
Nazarene Theological Seminary (NTS) elected Carla Sunberg as its tenth president on January 3. Sunberg, the first woman president in the school’s history, was elected on the first ballot and accepted the position.
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Nazarene Theological Seminary has received a $250,000 grant as part of Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Theological School Initiative to Address Economic Issues Facing Future Ministers. It is one of 67 theological schools across the country to receive this funding.
NTS alumni are contributing a great deal to ministry resources! Here is a list of publications—which includes only those of which we are aware (there are likely MANY more)—that our graduates since 2000 have written or contributed to: [*contributor, **editor]
- The Church and Work: The Ecclesiastical Grounding of Good Work (forthcoming) – Josh Sweeden (MDiv 2007)
- Conversations on Holiness – * **Keith Davenport (MDiv 2012), *Libby Tedder Hugus (MDiv 2012), *Philip Friday (MDiv 2011), *Carla Sunberg (MA(TS) 2004)
- Covering Up Luther: How Barth’s Christology Challenged the Deus Absconditus that Haunts Modernity – Rustin Brian (MDiv 2005)
- Created to Worship: God’s Invitation to Become Fully Human – Brent Peterson (MDiv 2000)
- Creation and Chaos Talk: Charting a Way Forward – Eric Vail (MDiv 2005)
- An Evangelical Social Gospel?: Finding God’s Story in the Midst of Extremes – Tim Suttle (MDiv 2010)
- Marks of the Missional Church (forthcoming) – Libby Tedder Hugus (MDiv 2012), Jason Veach (MDiv 2006)
- Missional Discipleship: Partners in God’s Redemptive Mission – *Brian Postlewait (MA(TS) 2003)
- The Mosaic Experiment: Bringing Old Testament Practices Out of Retirement – Lucas Cole (MDiv 2012), Padraic Ingle (MA(TS) 2009), Brian Schafer (MDiv 2009), Wendie Brockhaus (MDiv 2009)
- The Next Generation of Wesleyan Theology: Twenty-First Century Challenges and New Directions (forthcoming) – *Nell Becker Sweeden (MDiv 2007)
- One in Christ: Reconciliation, Justice, and Mutuality – *J. Thomas Johnson (MDiv 2009), *Julene Tegerstrand (MDiv 2004), *Deanna Hayden (MDiv 2006), *Kevin Smith (MA(TS) 2011), *Libby Tedder Hugus (MDiv 2012), *Wilson Ryland (MDiv 2011), *Ryan Scott (MDiv 2009), *Molly Latchaw (MDiv 2010), *Margaret Bryce (MDiv 2005), *Stephen Stanley (MDiv 2012), *Sarah Voigt (MDiv 2009), *Jason Veach (MDiv 2006)
- Pastoral Practices: A Wesleyan Paradigm – *Nell Becker Sweeden (MDiv 2007)
- Postmodern and Wesleyan?: Exploring the Boundaries and Possibilities – * **Brent Peterson (MDiv 2000), *Kara Lyons-Pardue (MDiv 2005), *Dustin Metcalf (MA(TS) 2004), *Christa Klosterman (MDiv 2002), *Brian Postlewait (MA(TS) 2003)
- Presence-Centered Youth Ministry: Guiding Students into Spiritual Formation – Mike King (MA(TS) 2010)
- Public Jesus: Exposing the Nature of God in Your Community – Tim Suttle (MDiv 2010)
- Reclaiming Eve: The Identity and Calling of Women in the Kingdom of God (forthcoming) – Carla Sunberg (MA(TS) 2004
- Relational Theology: A Contemporary Introduction – *Libby Tedder Hugus (MDiv 2012)
- The Samaritan Project – Rob Fringer (MA(TS) 2001), Jeff Lane (MDiv 2001)
- Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church Growth Culture (forthcoming) – Tim Suttle (MDiv 2010)
- A Seat at the Table: A Generation Reimagining its Place in the Church – Tim Gaines (MDiv 2008), Shawna Songer Gaines (MDiv 2010)
- The Sinai Experiment: Ten Words for God’s Chosen People – Ryan Scott (MDiv 2009)
- Spiritual Formation: A Wesleyan Paradigm – *Julene Tegerstrand (MDiv 2004), *Brent Peterson (MDiv 2000), *Andrew Schwartz (MA(TS) 2009)
(NOTE: We do stress that this is only a partial list, including only those publications we are aware of by graduates since 2000)! If you are an NTS alum and wish to update us on what you have been doing, please fill out this form on our website).
Nazarene Theological Seminary, in cooperation with Youthfront, a nationally known youth ministry program based in Kansas City, hosted an important panel discussion on Tuesday November 12 around current issues related with youth ministry and race. The panel brought together youth pastors, ministers, theological educators, and students to discuss the state of racial relations and the role of youth ministry in light of national events like the Trayvon Martin case. Dr. Michael Brandon Winstead (‘05), Student Ministries Director at Killearn United Methodist Church (FL) and adjunct faculty at NTS, framed and moderated this important event. Panelists included the following:
- Reverend David Gilmore (Pastor at both St. Andrew UMC and Centennial UMC in Kansas City)
- Reverend Kurt Rietema (Youthfront leader and President of The Franklin Center Renewal initiative in the Argentine District, Kansas City, Kansas)
- Dr. Claire Smith (Saint Paul Faculty and Director of Youtheology Kansas City)
- Professor Montague Williams (NTS Graduate, ‘09; and Professor at Eastern Nazarene College)
- Depends on the strength of the Holy Spirit
- Emerges out of spending time with youth and youth workers in communities of color
- Uplifts the importance of racial forgiveness
- Addresses racism in white communities
- Utilizes non-white theological/spiritual sources and develops a radicalized lens of reading scripture and the Christian tradition
- Remains Prophetic for the sake of youth and race
- Claire Smith: True racial reconciliation requires a deep listening to people from other ethnicities and settings to understand their gifts and complex relationship to local contexts.
- Montague Williams: Recent uses of incarnational language in youth ministry have been helpful. However, this language should include more than a focus on the youth pastor reflecting Christ by including an ecclesiological focus on congregations and the church as a whole as the Body of Christ.
- Kurt Reitema: Ministers have to recognize that racial boundaries are often perpetuated through neighborhood associations and other sophisticated human networks that appear to deflect the question of race unless seriously investigated.
- Claire Smith: Globally aware youth tend to engage issues of race more quickly than those focused on personal context.
- David Gilmore: Mission must always be mission “with” a people and not mission “to” a people.
- Brandon Winstead: We must be careful how we claim the early days of any Christian movement in the United States, particularly in how the movement actually reinforces racism of the past.
- Kurt Reitema: Contact with other people of color must include teaching our youth prior to that contact or else our efforts may reinforce racist assumptions in youth.
- Montague Williams: One of the major challenges includes the assumption that young people will fix (or have already fixed) issues around race and racism. In fact, young people need mentors to help them navigate these issues.
- David Gilmore: Race relations is not only about keeping it “real,” it must also be about keeping it “reel.” Keeping it reel calls ministers to recognize the commodification of race through media forms like movies, video, and commercialized music.
Theologians and Deans of Schools of Theology, representing Nazarene educational institutions in the USA/Canada region, gathered at Nazarene Theological Seminary to discuss how to serve the Church of the Nazarene more effectively through theological education and ministry preparation. This discussion was of particular importance given the changing landscape of pastoral ministry and the continual mission for these institutions to partner with local churches and districts in preparing the next generation of clergy. The two day conference, sponsored by Dr. Dan Copp, director of the International Board of Education (IBOE), included conversations on such topics as ecclesiology, the role of the pastor, and ministry preparation. The discussions illustrated the common mission and passion of religion faculty to educate, form, and equip those who are called to serve the Church and the Kingdom of God.
“Holy, Holy, Holy…Lord God Almighty…” Nearly 400 voices rang out in worship in the chapel at Nazarene Theological Seminary (NTS) on Wednesday morning October 2, kicking off the second day of the first NTS Preaching Conference, “Preaching Holiness in a Pluralistic World.”
This webinar will take place the day following the Seminary’s first Preaching Conference: Preaching Holiness in a Pluralistic World (Thursday October 3, 2013; 10:30am CDT). Some of the members of the new NTS Alumni Council will be sharing their reflections based on their experiences at the conference. Listen to them dialogue about the sermons they heard and the interviews that took place with each of the preachers, and to talk about preaching holiness in general. We will also be anxious to hear from participants on the webinar—both those who were able to attend and those who were not. This webinar will also take place during the Seminary’s Thursday chapel time and so students and faculty present will also be able to weigh in. You won’t want to miss it! Sign up TODAY!
The Association of Theological Schools (ATS), the accrediting agency for NTS, has granted the Seminary full approval to offer the complete Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree at the Multi-Campus Seminary site of Eastern Nazarene College (ENC). NTS began offering courses at ENC last fall.
NTS President Dr. David Busic has been elected the 40th General Superintendent in the Church of the Nazarene. He was elected on the 21st ballot with 722 votes (648 needed for election).
In his address to the assembly after his election Busic shared, “My brothers and sisters, I find myself experiencing two emotions at once. First, incredible gratitude to the Church and to God; except for the grace of God I have nothing and I am nothing. And apart from the Church, I have been given nothing. The other emotion I have is amazing humility that the Church would extend this honor to me. I have never felt adequate for the call that God has placed on my life, but I have always known His power to help me do what He has called me to do. And it is providential that the report on Scripture would be given prior to my election, because I have submitted myself to the authority of God’s word my whole life. I am a servant of the Church.”
Busic closed his address by saying, “I am submitted to the will of the Church. And with great humility, I accept your affirmation and I commit to be the kind of leader who continues to lead us into our best days as a Christian church, as a holiness church and as a missional church.”
View/read his full speech here.
Of Busic’s election, Dr. Jeren Rowell (Chair NTS Board of Trustees) shared, “The Board of Trustees congratulates President Busic on his election to the office of general superintendent. The global family of Nazarenes will be blessed by his leadership. While we clearly regret losing his direct leadership of NTS, we are confident that God will again provide the right leader for this time. We pray the grace and peace of Christ for the Busic family in this time of transition.”
Biblical preaching is one of the most important tasks of the God-called ministry. That’s why preparing and resourcing women and men to be outstanding biblical preachers is a priority for Nazarene Theological Seminary. For that reason, NTS is hosting its first Preaching Conference: PREACHING HOLINESS IN A PLURALISTIC WORLD | OCTOBER 1-2, 2013.
Children provided the focus of study at Nazarene Theological Seminary on Tuesday April 9, via the Miriam J. Hall Lectures in Children’s Ministries. Dr. Scottie May, Associate Professor of Christian Formation and Ministry at Wheaton College, provided a powerful opening lecture on “Why Welcoming Children Welcomes Jesus” and followed with an interactive session on “How Welcoming Children Welcomes Jesus.”
Congratulations to NTS student Jonathan Platter who has been selected as this year’s winner of the Tom Nees Social Justice Award for his paper titled, “The Trinity, Social Justice and the Missio Dei: A Trinitarian Construal of Agency, Treating Social Justice as Paradigmatic of Christian Action.”
Platter will present his paper in an NTS Chapel on Tuesday April 16 at 10:30am. All are welcome!
Dr. Tom Nees is widely recognized as the one who led the way in renewing the Church of the Nazarene’s understanding of its call to minister to and among those in need through the development of the Community of Hope in Washington D.C. Dr. Nees later served as Director of Mission Strategy for the Church of the Nazarene in the United States and Canada and as adjunct faculty for NTS, teaching urban ministry courses. The Nees lectureship and Nees Social Justice Award was made possible by NTS alumnus, Jim Copple, in 2008.
Last week, 3 seniors preached in chapel as a part of the Corlett Sermon Series. One of these will be selected by the NTS Faculty to preach their sermon at KC First Church of the Nazarene on the Sunday morning of commencement Sunday (May 12, 2013).
Nazarene Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $400,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. NTS was awarded a grant in the same amount by the Luce Foundation in 2009 in order to start a Global Consortium that includes NTS and seven global Nazarene graduate theological schools and seminaries. This consortium has, over the past 4 years, met on a number of occasions in order to find ways to share resources and develop collaborative programs.
Monday, June 24, 2013 | 6:45am
Indianapolis Convention Center: Sagamore Ballrooms 6 & 7
Please plan to join us! You won’t want to miss out!
- Re-connect with former classmates, colleagues and friends.
- Catch up with current and former faculty members.
- Enjoy a full, hot plated breakfast (no buffet lines to stand in!).
- Be a part of imagining new and active ways for the NTS Alumni Association to engage its members and increase partnerships between NTS and the local church.
- Hear firsthand an exciting announcement from NTS President David Busic; and listen to him share from his heart a new vision for the future of NTS.