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First Cohort for NTS KC Spanish Language DMIN Established

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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. 

Dr. Mario Zani, Program Coordinator for the Kansas City Spanish DMin program, shared, “When Dr. Roberto Hodgson, USA/Canada Region Multicultural Ministry Director, began the conversation about contacting NTS leadership to make the DMin program available to the Hispanic leadership in our denomination, it seemed a far away, very difficult, and perhaps impossible project.  However, thanks to the vision and good will of a great team, the first residential seminar will be held in Kansas City this fall, October 12-22.  We are excited to announce that the first cohort of students includes 13 proven leaders from across North America that will bring a wide array of skills, expertise and experiences to the program.”

With more than 700 Hispanic churches and congregations in the U.S., a dynamic immigration movement and second and third generation of Latinos permeating a great majority of our communities today, there is an ever-growing need for additional theological training for our Hispanic pastors.  

“At NTS, we desire to respond to the needs of the church and our communities as we prepare pastors and leaders for the future,” shared NTS President Carla Sunberg.  “This Spanish-language DMin program is our response to the changing demographics in our churches and communities.  News of the program has been very well received across the region, and it is great to have such a significant number of students in our first cohort.  We are excited to see how the program will continue to grow.”    

Applications for the next cohort of students are being accepted.  Ministry leaders on the USA/Canada Region who have a Master’s degree in Theology/Ministry and who are interested in a contextualized Spanish language DMin should contact Dr. Mario Zani at zaniexrd@aol.com for further information.  

The cost of the program for USA/Canada Nazarenes in the Spanish Language DMin degree is being supplemented by grants that NTS has received from foundations committed to multicultural theological education for ministers, as well as by the Office of Multicultural Ministries. 

“There is a great support team that is working hard to make this a very rewarding experience for the entirety of the Church,” shared Zani.  “We are grateful for all the encouragement being provided to the candidates by District Superintendents and local churches.” 

More information on the our Doctor of Ministry degree program can be found on HERE on our website.  

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