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.
The renewed funding from Luce will assist NTS and member consortium schools to build upon the reorientation process initiated through the previous grant period (2009-2012), and will enable the Seminary to move beyond innovations in “what we do and toward integration as we become who we are, a seminary with a sustained global orientation.”
The award comes in response to a proposal submitted by NTS which included four initiatives that will support the sustained transformation of NTS and the Global Consortium to a globally-oriented engagement of theological education. The four initiatives are:
- Initiating advanced pastoral training for Spanish-speakers in the U. S.;
- Expanding cross-cultural programs for master-level students in the U. S. (through the Seminary’s 365M program);
- Formalizing global consortium connections to accelerate theological faculty development; and
- Establishing permanent Doctor of Ministry programs in Latin America and Africa.
“We are very grateful for the generosity of the Luce Foundation and for their belief in the mission of NTS,” shared NTS President Dr. David Busic. “This grant will enable us to strengthen our commitment to being a global seminary and enhance the educational experiences of our students in a multi-cultural world.”
Schools that are a part of the Global Consortium include the following: Africa Nazarene University (Kenya), Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary (Philippines), Korea Nazarene University (South Korea), Nazarene Theological College, Brisbane (Australia), Nazarene Theological College, Manchester (United Kingdom), Seminario Nazareno de las Americas (Costa Rica), and Nazarene Theological Seminary (Kansas City; USA).
About the Henry Luce Foundation: The Henry Luce Foundation was established in 1936 by Henry R. Luce, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc., to honor his parents who were missionary educators in China. The Foundation builds upon the vision and values of four generations of the Luce family: broadening knowledge and encouraging the highest standards of service and leadership. The Henry Luce Foundation seeks to bring important ideas to the center of American life, strengthen international understanding, and foster innovation and leadership in academic, policy, religious and art communities. You can learn more about the Henry Luce Foundation at www.hluce.org.