The NTS community is grieved and saddened by the senseless shooting at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The pastor of the congregation, Rev. Pinckney was a DMin candidate at Wesley Seminary studying under Dr. Lovett Weems, former president of St. Paul School of Theology here in Kansas City. We pray for the family members of all the victims of this crime and for the entire Emmanuel AME congregation. May our sanctuaries be places of peace and reconciliation where the kingdom of God reigns.
The NTS Community mourns the loss of Dr. Rob Staples, AB, BD, ThD, Professor of Theology at NTS from 1976-1996. Beginning in 1963, Dr. Staples spent well over three decades teaching at Southern Nazarene University and Nazarene Theological Seminary. Rob was a sage teacher-leader who provided wise counsel to the Church of the Nazarene in the midst of some of her most challenging periods. He often said that if you want to change the Church you must do it from the inside. And generations of students, pastors, missionaries and church leaders would testify that he embodied his theology in that very way. Rob loved Christ’s Church, and he loved the Church of the Nazarene. With unswerving conviction, he embodied in his faith and witness a robust theology of the Church of the Nazarene that is indissolubly connected to the universal Church.
At the April 2015 meeting of the NTS Board of Trustees, President Sunberg delivered her annual report.
Click here to read the report she delivered, which includes not only an overview of the past year, but also a look at Nazarene Theological Seminary, Preparing Kingdom Leaders for 70 Years.
NTS is pleased to announce the lineup of preachers and panelists for its third annual Preachers Conference. The conference will be held this fall, September 29-30, and will once again take place on the Seminary’s main campus in Kansas City, MO.
Nazarene Theological Seminary is pleased to announce Rev. Tim McPherson as the new Dean for Institutional Advancement. This is a new position for the Seminary.
President Carla Sunberg, together with the NTS community, would like to extend condolences to the family of Joseph Dudley Powers, M. D., who passed away Sunday morning March 22. Dr. Powers was a physician, missionary, dedicated churchman, and a great supporter and friend of the Seminary.
NTS is pleased to announce that beginning this summer, courses for its Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree will begin being offered on the campus of Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) in San Diego, CA.
NTS held its annual sending service January 27 for students preparing to serve through the 365M Program. Roger Hahn, Dean of the Faculty, shared a message of challenge and encouragement and General Superintendent Eugénio R. Duarte prayed for the students and their families.
NTS is pleased to participate in the upcoming M15 Conference (Feb 9-11, 2015) in a variety of ways. We will be hosting a dessert reception on Monday night, are co-sponsoring the Pre-Conference Workshop, and are involved a number of workshops in addition to having a booth in the exhibit hall. Find out how you can join with us at M15 by clicking here.
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Last week, the Nazarene Theological Seminary Board of Trustees met in Kansas City for their fall meeting, during which they addressed the issue of relocation. The discussion ended with a unanimously positive vote, full of great emotion, to “bring to conclusion the discussion of the relocation of NTS, committing to 1700 East Meyer Blvd (Kansas City, Missouri) as our central campus.”
After the vote, Dr. Sam Vassel, Senior Pastor of Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene stated, “I am deeply moved that the Seminary would make a commitment to remaining in the city.”
Last fall during the time of Presidential transition, there was discussion about the Seminary relocating to the campus of Trevecca Nazarene University (TNU) in Nashville, Tennessee. This offer from TNU prompted a larger discussion about relocation that has been ongoing over the past year.
“We are thankful to God for his provision over the past several months,” shared Dr. Jeren Rowell, Chair of the NTS Board of Trustees. “As a Board, we felt that we must do our due diligence in investigating location changes in light of both the Trevecca proposal and the Presidential transition. However, given all the ways in which God has more than provided for NTS since the election of Dr. Sunberg as President, it has become clear to us that relocating is not in the best interest of the Seminary, nor is it financially necessary or viable.”
NTS is committed to keeping its current location in Kansas City as the central campus, and to strengthening relationships and partnerships with other nearby organizations. “We are committed to not just being here in this neighborhood,” shared NTS president Dr. Carla Sunberg, “but also to making a difference in this neighborhood; the opportunities for doing so are numerous.”
“And we want to be sure that current and future students know that we plan to be here in our current location in Kansas City for many years to come,” continued Sunberg. “Here on our KC campus, our students, staff and faculty share a unique community where education and training for ministry are integrated with faith and everyday life. Even in the midst of our studies, we worship God together and support one another. And I am incredibly excited to be able to announce that this learning community will remain in Kansas City.”
On Thursday, October 2, Nazarene Theological Seminary celebrated the inauguration of its tenth president, Carla D. Sunberg. The service took place in the NTS J. B. Chapman Memorial Chapel on the Seminary’s Kansas City campus. Sunberg was elected president on January 3.
In many ways, our new logo represents our mission statement. The windows of the institution remind us of our heritage as a graduate school of theology, rooted in a very rich Christian history. At the same time the flowing cross in the deep color of flames reminds us of the centrality of Christ in our holiness message and heritage. We are a graduate school of theology in the Wesleyan-holiness tradition, shaping more pastors, better pastors and leaders for the future of the kingdom, and serving as a theological resource to the Church of the Nazarene.
Dr. Carla Sunberg will be inaugurated as the tenth President of Nazarene Theological Seminary on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 10:00am.
The event is open to the public and all are welcome to join us…including YOU!
Much of church history developed in Eastern Europe and yet, we have seldom heard about how God has worked in this part of the world. Join NTS President Carla Sunberg, others from the NTS team, as well as Friends of NTS, as we travel through Eastern Europe on a Riverboat Cruise, June 3-14, 2015. Not only will we explore sites on a daily basis as we cruise down the river, but we will have times of reflection, lecture and devotions as together we learn from the past what we can apply to the present.
NTS has appointed Rev. Hannah Beers as its new full-time Director of Recruitment. Hannah is a 2014 graduate of the Seminary’s Master of Divinity Program and a 2009 graduate of Northwest Nazarene University. Ms. Beers will lead a newly formed team of five recruiters, tripling the size of the NTS recruitment staff. Among the entire team are representatives who have graduated from six of the Nazarene undergraduate institutions in North America.