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The week of January 18, 2016, the NTS Center for Pastoral Leadership (CPL) hosted a series of service projects, worship services, panel discussions and dialogues in order to honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and to address the important issues of race, privilege, and our responsibility as the church. Click here to view a schedule of the week’s events.  NTS is grateful to Multicultural Ministries for the financial grant that made MLK Week possible. 

On Monday, a group of staff and students worked and served at a local non-profit in the Kansas City area.  Monday night, the NTS community joined the city-wide celebration honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. at Metropolitan Baptist Church. 

Rev. Dr. Wallace Hartsfield, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at Central Baptist Theological Seminary and Pastor at KC Metropolitan Baptist Church, preached in a special chapel service on Tuesday at NTS to honor Dr. King.  Hartsfield’s message was centered around the themes: “Our greatest attribute is our diversity; our greatest advantage is our unity; our greatest attainment is our humanity.”  A diverse group of pastors from across the metro area also participated in the service, sharing Scriptures and prayers of lament, healing, and hope.

“In addition to services honoring Dr. King,” shared Dana Preusch, Director of the NTS CPL, “we also wanted this week to be a time when we could create space for honest dialogue about race and social justice.  Our panel on Wednesday led us into a very candid conversation about issues of racism and privilege and helped us to begin to think about how we as a church must respond.”  Panelists and workshop leaders on Wednesday included:  Wallace Hartsfield (Central Baptist Theological Seminary); Angela Sims (St. Paul School of Theology); Charles Tillman (Richmond Woodville Church of the Nazarene); Montague Williams (Eastern Nazarene College); Brandon Winstead (Killearn United Methodist Church [FL]), and Deth Im (People Improving Communities Through Organizing). 

Many of the panelists noted that they had no choice in engaging race, as it extends from their personhood and social situation. Angela Sims noted that conversation alone does not work in truth and reconciliation, noting that if we do not speak truth in the midst of privilege we cannot embrace reconciliation.  Montague Williams noted that it is important for us to remember that our words matter, and that when it comes to race, truth is really caught up in the narrative which often includes painful stories of exclusion. 

Wallace Hartsfield challenged the idea of truth and reconciliation, stating that we need to name two key issues:  1) “Whose truth?” Hartsfield noted that we often assume an “objective truth” that actually assumes a Western European perspective rather than including the perspectives and realities of people of color. 2) “Whose reconciliation?” How do we talk about reconciliation if there has never been a conciliation? If we are talking about this country, he said, there is no time when African Americans have been constituted as full participants—full human beings.

Charles Tillman noted that for black pastors to fully participate in the life of the church, there has to be a real platform for real respect and understanding. Brandon Winstead noted that we need to have conversations around power, history and money if we really want to challenge congregants to address the “nitty gritty” stuff that shapes congregational life.

Deth Im, serving as moderator, asked panelists to help those in attendance begin to think about how the church needs to respond. Hartsfield noted that, in order to properly address and find the truth, we have to begin with people that have never had an opportunity to be full participants. We need to begin to talk about conciliation as the primary task, the hard work; to acknowledge a past that did not exist and work toward a future that truly “conciliates.”

On Thursday, Williams, Winstead and Tillman led a lunch dialogue with local youth pastors, continuing the conversation around racism and youth ministry specifically.  Ministers were challenged to avoid thinking of race as an “addendum” to their regular curriculum and plan, but rather see it as something that is a part of all they do.  Later that evening, a similar group gathered back at the Seminary to watch the documentary, “We are Superman: The Transformation of 31st and Troost.”  Chuck Sailors, former Director of the Kansas City Urban Youth Center (which was located at 39th and Troost), led a dialogue after the showing. 

“The conversations that we had this week are important,” shared Dr. Jesse Middendorf, Executive Director of the NTS CPL. “We plan to make this an annual event; however, I think we were all challenged to see that conversation is not enough.  May God give us the courage to do the hard work that needs to be done in order that our churches might reflect the Kingdom of God more fully.” 

Sessions from the week were recorded and will be able on the CPL website.  Click here to find out how to become a member/subscriber, giving you access to a wide variety of ministerial resources. 

You can click here to download Theology To Go, a take-home journal of resources written by several of the week’s participants as well as others.  The winning paper of this years’ Tom Nees Social Justice Award written by NTS student Tim Hahn is included in the journal.  Tim presented his paper, “Lest We Forget Thine Agony: Racial Reconciliation, Memory and the Wounds of Christ”, to the NTS community this past Monday.  

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Statement of Condolence Regarding KC Firefighters 

Kansas City area Churches of the Nazarene and affiliated educational institutions-including Nazarene Theological Seminary-offer their condolences to the families of Kansas City firefighters Larry Leggio and John Mesh. Both men lost their lives on October 12 while making heroic rescues of individuals trapped in a burning apartment building. Their ultimate sacrifice of life reminds us of the daily danger faced by the police officers and firefighters in our community. We are calling upon the God of all comfort to stand by the surviving family members and colleagues of these men in their dark days of loss. May the Lord bless and comfort during this time of grief as only our God can.

A memorial fund is available to help support the families of fallen firefighters. Donations can be made by check, payable to IAFF Local 42, and sent to:  320 Manchester Ave., Suite 42A  |  Kansas City, MO 64133.




NTS is pleased to host Mr. Bob Moore, owner of Bob’s Red Mill on November 2.  

To learn how to be a part of this dinner and hear “Bob’s Principles for Business Success,” click HERE.  


NTS Hosts 3rd Annual Preachers Conference and Celebrates 70 Years of Preparing Kingdom Leaders

Nazarene Theological Seminary hosted the annual Hugh C. Benner Preachers Conference September 29 and 30. This year’s conference, Local Flavor: Preaching in Context, featured seven preachers from a diverse set of local congregations across the U.S.

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NTS Online Program Ranked Ninth

EXCITING NEWS: ranked Nazarene Theological Seminary #9 in a list of the Top 25 best Master’s in Theology programs online! 

Read the details by clicking HERE.  


NTS Partners with U.S. University Homecoming Events

As we do each year, we are once again partnering wtih our undergraduate schools in the U. S. at each of their homecoming events.  

Click here for a complete list of where we’ll be and when! 



Olivet Nazarene University and Nazarene Theological Seminary (NTS) are pleased to announce their formal partnership in the preparation of ministry leaders.

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NTS Fall 2015 Enrollment Increase

We are pleased to report that our 2015 Fall Enrollment is a 13% increase over last fall!  We are praising God for his work in our community and are grateful that as he calls women and men to ministry, that Nazarene Theological Seminary continues to be a place where Kingdom leaders prepare and are sent into the world!  



President Carla Sunberg invites you to journey to China with NTS (Beijing to Shanghai, a 13-day Cruise/tour with 11 Guided Tours) June 4-16, 2016.  

Click here to learn more, including how to reserve your spot TODAY!



On Tuesday night (Sept 29) of the Preachers Conference, NTS will host a special dinner to celebrate our 70th Anniversary, as well as alumni class reunions.  Click here for the details and to purchase your ticket!  


Honoring Dr. Larry Lott

NTS President Carla Sunberg and the community of NTS are saddened by the news of the passing of Dr. Larry Lott (NTS Class of 1993), pastor of Blue Hills Community Church of the Nazarene, who passed away July 13.

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First Cohort for NTS KC Spanish Language DMIN Established

In response to an invitation by the Hispanic Strategy Committee of the USA/Canada Region of the Church of the Nazarene, Nazarene Theological Seminary, together with the Office of Multicultural Ministries, has successfully established a Kansas City Spanish Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree. Like its English counterpart, the emphasis on the degree will be on Wesleyan Pastoral Theology.

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Statement on the Charleston Shooting

The NTS community is grieved and saddened by the senseless shooting at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The pastor of the congregation, Rev. Pinckney was a DMin candidate at Wesley Seminary studying under Dr. Lovett Weems, former president of St. Paul School of Theology here in Kansas City. We pray for the family members of all the victims of this crime and for the entire Emmanuel AME congregation. May our sanctuaries be places of peace and reconciliation where the kingdom of God reigns.


In loving memory of Dr. Rob Staples

The NTS Community mourns the loss of Dr. Rob Staples, AB, BD, ThD, Professor of Theology at NTS from 1976-1996. Beginning in 1963, Dr. Staples spent well over three decades teaching at Southern Nazarene University and Nazarene Theological Seminary. Rob was a sage teacher-leader who provided wise counsel to the Church of the Nazarene in the midst of some of her most challenging periods. He often said that if you want to change the Church you must do it from the inside. And generations of students, pastors, missionaries and church leaders would testify that he embodied his theology in that very way. Rob loved Christ’s Church, and he loved the Church of the Nazarene. With unswerving conviction, he embodied in his faith and witness a robust theology of the Church of the Nazarene that is indissolubly connected to the universal Church.

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Community Prayer Breakfast

NTS will host a Community Prayers Breakfast on the National Day of Prayer, Thursday May 7 at 7:00am.  

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Annual Report of the President

At the April 2015 meeting of the NTS Board of Trustees, President Sunberg delivered her annual report.  

Click here to read the report she delivered, which includes not only an overview of the past year, but also a look at Nazarene Theological Seminary, Preparing Kingdom Leaders for 70 Years. 


Preachers for #Preach2015 Announced

NTS is pleased to announce the lineup of preachers and panelists for its third annual Preachers Conference. The conference will be held this fall, September 29-30, and will once again take place on the Seminary’s main campus in Kansas City, MO.

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McPherson Appointed NTS Dean for Institutional Advancement

Nazarene Theological Seminary is pleased to announce Rev. Tim McPherson as the new Dean for Institutional Advancement. This is a new position for the Seminary.

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Seminary Celebration Banquet

On Saturday May 9, 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. ALL ARE WELCOME!

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In Memory of Dr. J. Dudley Powers

President Carla Sunberg, together with the NTS community, would like to extend condolences to the family of Joseph Dudley Powers, M. D., who passed away Sunday morning March 22. Dr. Powers was a physician, missionary, dedicated churchman, and a great supporter and friend of the Seminary.

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