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.
16 students from 9 different African countries—Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, and South Africa—are meeting in Nairobi, Kenya June 3 – 24, 2014 for the first session of courses. The students include pastors, education directors, chaplains, District Superintendents, Compassionate Ministry Coordinators, and Field Strategy Coordinators.
10 of the students, selected by the Africa Region of the Church of the Nazarene as strategic leaders, are receiving scholarships from NTS and ANU. In addition, NTS provides lecturers to co-teach core courses with African lecturers, and has helped to fund the startup of this academic program.
Dr. Doug Hardy, Director of the NTS DMin, taught at Africa Nazarene University for a semester in 2011 and is pleased that the conversations about a partnership begun then have come to fruition. Dr. Michael Lodahl, Professor of Theology at Point Loma Nazarene University and adjunct professor at NTS, is lead lecturer for this first session’s courses on “Wesleyan Theology for Ministry” and “Wesleyan-Holiness Theology and the Minister.”
In February 2015, the student cohort will travel to South Africa for the second session of courses to be held at NTC-Muldersdrift: “Wesleyan Spiritual Practice for Ministry” and “Wesleyan-Holiness Practical Christianity.”
In Kansas City this week, 9 Doctor of Ministry students finished up the second week of the course “Ecclesial Ministry in the Wesleyan Spirit,” taught by NTS adjunct professors Dr. Ed Robinson and Dr. Jeren Rowell.
At the Seminary’s May commencement ceremony, 7 students received the Doctor of Ministry Degree; and there are currently 34 students in the program working toward their degree (this includes students studying in the Latin American DMin program). Many are still in the process of taking the three required seminar courses, while others are in the process of completing their pastoral research projects (PRP). The PRP serves as the capstone of the program and is focused on a need/emphasis in the student-pastor’s current ministry context.
The NTS Doctor of Ministry program is an advanced professional theological degree for ministers, passionately committed to the integration of theory and practice. The NTS DMin is focused on missional leadership in the Wesleyan tradition. Learn more at NTS.EDU/DMIN. Read about the newly launched Spanish Language DMin for North America at NTS.EDU/SPANISH-DMIN.