Nazarene Theological Seminary’s cross-cultural, mentored internship program 365m is currently accepting student applications for the 2013-2014 academic year. Cohorts are being formed for New Zealand, Ireland, Northern Ireland (U.K.), Bulgaria, and New York City (U.S.).
365m’s newest mentors, Pastors Gabriel and Jeanette Salguero of the Lamb’s Church of the Nazarene in New York City, will oversee the first 365m learning site in the U.S. Lamb’s Church is situated in the ethnically and socioeconomically diverse urban core of New York City, making it an ideal location to study multicultural, urban, and justice-related ministries.
A second cohort of students will engage in learning and ministry in three different locations in New Zealand under the mentorship of Neville Bartle, Church of the Nazarene New Zealand district superintendent. Bartle and his wife, Joyce, were missionaries in Papua New Guinea for more than 30 years before returning to Bartle’s native country in 2004.
Roland Tedder recently spent a year in Kenya with 365m.
“The word I would use to describe how 365m has impacted my understanding of ministry is ‘formational,’” he said. “Never before have I had an experience like this, in which I have been thrown into a culture and given the liberty to decide how gospel and culture collide through what I do. This freedom, of course, was informed by my coursework at NTS, my cultural mentors and the people of Kenya.
“365m provided ample experience to empower me to face challenges and obstacles as they come in my current and future ministry. I have grown in my cultural sensitivity, which I believe leads to a greater understanding of the Kingdom of God in the world.”
Last month, Tedder and other students who just completed their 365m experience in New Zealand, Ireland, Northern Ireland (U.K.), Bulgaria, and East Asia came together on the NTS campus in Kansas City for the first ever COMPASS event. The week-long event provided direction through orientation, training, assessment, and reflection so that students might discern how this experience has shaped their call to ministry.
The 2011-2012 cohort of 365m students also shared their experience with students from the 2012-2013 cohort who were departing for their year of learning and ministry in a different culture. This new cohort also had met with cultural mentors, engaged in assessment and preparedness with psychologists, and participated in cross-cultural and ministry orientation and training.
Through the grant that funded the COMPASS event, NTS was able to host six 365m mentors from Bulgaria, Ireland, New York City (U.S.), New Zealand, and Northern Ireland (U.K.). This core group of mentors includes missiologists, urbanologists, missionaries, pastors, and educators who are committed to exploring a new way of preparing persons called to cross-cultural ministry.
Since 365m began in 2009, the program has included learning sites in Brazil, Bulgaria, Croatia, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, New York City (U.S.), Northern Ireland (U.K.), and East Asia. 365m brings together the academic and practical aspects of cross-cultural ministry as students engage in graduate theological studies specifically focused on missions and cross-cultural ministry while at the same time involved in the local ministry of a different culture. The goal is to help students develop the tools necessary to learn from cultures rather than simply about cultures and the implications for how ministry is done in that particular context.
For more information about the internship, visit nts.edu/365m, or facebook.com/365mNTS for updates and links to student blogs. For information regarding the application process, contact Grant Christy in the Office of Admissions at email@example.com or (800) 831-3011, ext. 5451. The application deadline is October 15.
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