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A New Logo: Anchored in the Past, Moving into the Future

It was a beautiful summer night, and my husband and I were driving back to the NTS campus. There in the dusk of the oncoming night, the outline of the main building was visible and the warm glow of light coming from the tower appeared as a beacon up on the hill. The light poured out from the four-circle rose windows which adorn the top of the tower. These windows are a part of our building’s architecture, as well as a part of the architecture of church history, dating back to the medieval period when these geometric shapes began to adorn the churches and cathedrals of Europe, representing the radiance of the Spirit and an expression of the human desire for wholeness. These windows are found within the entire architecture of NTS, from the main building and the library, to the wrought-iron works of the stairwells. In the 1970’s, this window design was the logo for NTS, for this piece of our architectural history represents the fact that we are a part of the greater story of all of Christianity, and that we are a people who believe in wholeness found in holiness.

In many ways, our new logo represents our mission statement. The windows of the institution remind us of our heritage as a graduate school of theology, rooted in a very rich Christian history. At the same time the flowing cross in the deep color of flames reminds us of the centrality of Christ in our holiness message and heritage. We are a graduate school of theology in the Wesleyan-holiness tradition, shaping more pastors, better pastors and leaders for the future of the kingdom, and serving as a theological resource to the Church of the Nazarene.  

Our new logo may be anchored in the past, but it is also moving us into the future. Inherent in the brush strokes of the cross is movement, for we are a missional seminary, serving a missional church. Just as we are drawn to the light of the tower in the midst of oncoming darkness, so may the Seminary continue to be light in the world.

– Dr. Carla Sunberg | NTS President




President Sunberg's Inauguration

Dr. Carla Sunberg will be inaugurated as the tenth President of Nazarene Theological Seminary on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 10:00am.  

The event is open to the public and all are welcome to join us…including YOU!  

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Join NTS in Exploring the Church in Eastern Europe

Much of church history developed in Eastern Europe and yet, we have seldom heard about how God has worked in this part of the world. Join NTS President Carla Sunberg, others from the NTS team, as well as Friends of NTS, as we travel through Eastern Europe on a Riverboat Cruise, June 3-14, 2015.  Not only will we explore sites on a daily basis as we cruise down the river, but we will have times of reflection, lecture and devotions as together we learn from the past what we can apply to the present. 

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Nazarene Theological Seminary is a place where the best ideas and the BEST PRACTICES OF CHRISTIAN MINISTRY are explored.  At our next CLUB 300 webinar (9/17 @ 10:30am CDT), we will dialogue about some BEST PRACTICES taking place in churches across North America.   Read more…



NTS has appointed Rev. Hannah Beers as its new full-time Director of Recruitment. Hannah is a 2014 graduate of the Seminary’s Master of Divinity Program and a 2009 graduate of Northwest Nazarene University. Ms. Beers will lead a newly formed team of five recruiters, tripling the size of the NTS recruitment staff. Among the entire team are representatives who have graduated from six of the Nazarene undergraduate institutions in North America.

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NTS Receives $25,000 Grant to Increase Financial Literacy Among Students and Alumni

Nazarene Theological Seminary has received a $25,000 grant from the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) as part of its initiative to promote default prevention and debt management related to student loan borrowing and repayment.

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Nees Social Justice Award

Congratulations to Ms. Jessica McConnell who is the recipient of this year’s Tom Nees Social Justice Award for her paper, “The Horrors of Sex Trafficking & The Need for Redeeming Love.” (You may download and read her paper by clicking on the title above).

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FREE Webinar Series & Open-Access Online Course

This fall, Dr. Doug Hardy, NTS Professor of Spiritual Formation, will be leading a webinar series and an open-access online course on the Disciplines of Christian Spiritual Formation.

The webinar series will be August 11, 18 & 25.
The open-access online course will be September 8-October 31.   

Both the webinar series and online course are free.  Click here to get more information, including registration information.  Please join us!  


2014 Seminarian Offering - Highest in 6 Years

Nazarene Theological Seminary (NTS) announced today that the 2014 Seminarian Offering reached a six-year high with a total raised of $190,000. This offering represents the highest total since the economic recession of 2008. Further, 300 more churches participated in the offering in 2014 than participated in 2013.

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NTS DMin Program in Africa and the U. S.

After three years of collaboration in planning, Africa Nazarene University has launched the first cohort of their new Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree program. Nazarene Theological Seminary is a supporting partner of this program as an expression of the Seminary’s mission to serve as a theological resource for the global church as it seeks to educate and prepare pastoral leaders at the highest level.

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Speakers for 2014 Preachers Conference Announced

Incarnational Leadership in a ‘Me First’ World
September 30 – October 1, 2014

NTS is pleased to announce the lineup of preachers, speakers and panelists for its 2nd annual Preachers Conference. The conference will be held this fall, September 30 – October 1, and will once again take place on the Seminary’s main campus in Kansas City, MO. This year’s Preachers Conference will be the first event hosted by the new NTS Center for Pastoral Leadership (CPL), which is under the direction of Dr. Jesse Middendorf.

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The NTS Class of 2014

Nazarene Theological Seminary held its 68th commencement on Sunday, May 11, at 4:00pm at Kansas City (MO) First Church of the Nazarene. The 49 graduates of the Class of 2014 received degrees as follows: 6 Master of Arts (Theological Studies); 5 Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies; 6 Master of Arts in Christian Formation and Discipleship; 25 Master of Divinity; 7 Doctor of Ministry. 16 of the graduates earned additional certificates or diplomas along with their degrees, including 4 receiving the Diploma in Cross-Cultural Ministries (365m Program); and 4 receiving the Advanced Graduate Certificate in Wesleyan Pastoral Theology. The graduates represented 3 countries: Canada, Germany and the United States. Dr. Henry Spaulding, President of Mount Vernon Nazarene University, delivered the commencement address.

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Chet Decker Named New NTS Dean for Administration

NTS is pleased to announce Rev. Chet Decker (’78) as the new Dean for Administration and Student Services. Rev. Decker’s assignment to this position comes as a result of the retirement of Dr. D. Martin Butler who has served NTS in this capacity since 2005.

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NEW Spanish Language DMin at NTS

In response to an invitation by the Hispanic Strategy Committee of the USA/Canada Region of the Church of the Nazarene, Nazarene Theological Seminary is working with the Office of Multicultural Ministries on a plan to offer its Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree in Spanish to leaders ministering in Hispanic contexts in North America. As with the English language DMin program, the emphasis will be on Wesleyan Pastoral Theology.

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MA(TS) Degree Fully Distance

Nazarene Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that BOTH tracks of its Master of Arts (Theological Studies) degree (MATS) are now available as fully distance programs. Students may earn this degree, either the General Academic or Research Track, by taking courses online, via video-conference or by enrolling in a one-week module course in Kansas City or at any of the Seminary’s multi-campus sites (Bethany, OK; Mount Vernon, OH; Nashville, TN; Quincy, MA).

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Seminary Celebration Banquet

On Saturday May 10, students, faculty, staff, friends and guests are invited to attend a special banquet to celebrate the completion of the academic year and to honor our graduates. The banquet will be held at Kansas City First Church of the Nazarene at 6:00pm, preceded by the President’s Reception at 5:00pm. NTS President Carla Sunberg will be the evening’s speaker.  

Food will be provided by Jack Stack BBQ, and a vegetarian meal will be provided by Café Gratitude. 

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NTS Announces Launch of Center for Pastoral Leadership Center

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.

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Dr. Carla Sunberg Elected Tenth President of NTS

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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Annual Seminarian Offering - January 26, 2014

The SEMINARIAN OFFERING is about our students and their capacity to serve the church and respond to the call God has placed on their lives. Together, we can help them fulfill this calling. Your investment via the SEMINARIAN OFFERING is an investment in the future of our congregations globally.  Our students are asking you to SEND THEM—they are ready and we want to provide them with the financial support that preparation and education requires.  Read more…


NTS Receives Lilly Endowment Grant to Improve the Economic Well-Being of Future Ministers

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.

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