This past week (July 31 - August 2), NTS was privileged to host a meeting of the presidents and academic deans from the schools that make up the Nazarene Global Consortium of Graduate Schools of Theology. The consortium’s purpose is to connect Nazarene seminaries by optimizing the global resources available for theological education. This very unique partnership includes Africa Nazarene University (Kenya), Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary (Philippines), Korea Nazarene University (South Korea), Nazarene Theological College, Brisbane (Australia), Nazarene Theological College, Manchester (England), Seminario Nazareno de las Americas (Costa Rica), and Nazarene Theological Seminary (Kansas City; USA). Funding for the consortium is provided through a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.
This is the third meeting of the group. The consortium first met face-to-face in Manchester, England in October 2009; the second meeting was in Cheonan City, South Korea in October 2010. Much of the work of the consortium is done throughout the year via video conferencing, which allows the members to dialogue face-to-face between the times when they are able to gather physically.
Dr. Roger Hahn, Dean of the Faculty for NTS, shared, “NTS is learning both to serve and to be served by our brothers and sisters in Christ who are culturally different from us, and at the same time, are one in the bond of love and of commitment to the mission of God in the world.”
Hahn further noted that this most recent meeting was noteworthy in the deep sense of collegiality and friendship that has developed among the representatives of the schools. The three meetings have taken participants to three continents; and observation/participation in cultural events at each host school has greatly increased understanding of each other and of the challenges of theological education in the contexts represented.
A number of projects have been initiated or facilitated through the consortium, including the NTS Doctor of Ministry degree being offered in Africa and Latin America. This week’s meeting explored possible ways to share electronic resources with less expense, increasing effectiveness in using video conferencing, new avenues of fundraising, clarification of how credit hours could transfer between participating schools, and ways to improve pedagogy.
“The Global Consortium,” reflected NTS President Dr. David Busic, “will have a significant and lasting impact on the next generation of church leaders, pastors, and scholars around the world. The conversations that are emerging from the collegiality and collaboration of this alliance provides the potential of a theological coherence in the Church of the Nazarene like we have never experienced before.
Pictured above are members in attendance at the Global Consortium Meeting at NTS:
First row (left to right): Dr. Ruben Fernandez (Semanario Nazarene de las Americas), Dr. Leah Marangu (Africa Nazarene University), Dr. Rod Reed (Africa Nazarene University), Dr. Jerry Lambert (Nazarene Theological Seminary), Dr. Peter Rae (Nazarene Theological College, Manchester)
Second row (left to right): Dr. Jorge Banos (Seminario Nazarene de las Americas), Dr. Roger Hahn (Nazarene Theological Seminary), Dr. San Young Lee (Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary), Dr. Deirdre Brower Latz (Nazarene Theological College, Manchester).
Third row (left to right): Dr. SungWon Kim (Korea Nazarene University), Dr. David Busic (Nazarene Theological Seminary), Dr. Dan Copp (Commissioner, International Board of Education), Dr. Min-Gyoo Shin (Korea Nazarene University), Dr. Floyd Cunningham (Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary), Dr. Bruce Allder (Nazarene Theological College, Brisbane), Dr. Kent Brower (Chair, International Board of Education; Nazarene Theological College, Manchester)