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.
Nazarene Theological Seminary has received a $25,000 grant from the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) as part of its initiative to promote default prevention and debt management related to student loan borrowing and repayment.
Congratulations to Ms. Jessica McConnell who is the recipient of this year’s Tom Nees Social Justice Award for her paper, “The Horrors of Sex Trafficking & The Need for Redeeming Love.” (You may download and read her paper by clicking on the title above).
This fall, Dr. Doug Hardy, NTS Professor of Spiritual Formation, will be leading a webinar series and an open-access online course on the Disciplines of Christian Spiritual Formation.
The webinar series will be August 11, 18 & 25.
The open-access online course will be September 8-October 31.
Both the webinar series and online course are free. Click here to get more information, including registration information. Please join us!
Nazarene Theological Seminary (NTS) announced today that the 2014 Seminarian Offering reached a six-year high with a total raised of $190,000. This offering represents the highest total since the economic recession of 2008. Further, 300 more churches participated in the offering in 2014 than participated in 2013.
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.
2014 NTS PREACHERS CONFERENCE
Incarnational Leadership in a ‘Me First’ World
September 30 – October 1, 2014
NTS is pleased to announce the lineup of preachers, speakers and panelists for its 2nd annual Preachers Conference. The conference will be held this fall, September 30 – October 1, and will once again take place on the Seminary’s main campus in Kansas City, MO. This year’s Preachers Conference will be the first event hosted by the new NTS Center for Pastoral Leadership (CPL), which is under the direction of Dr. Jesse Middendorf.
Nazarene Theological Seminary held its 68th commencement on Sunday, May 11, at 4:00pm at Kansas City (MO) First Church of the Nazarene. The 49 graduates of the Class of 2014 received degrees as follows: 6 Master of Arts (Theological Studies); 5 Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies; 6 Master of Arts in Christian Formation and Discipleship; 25 Master of Divinity; 7 Doctor of Ministry. 16 of the graduates earned additional certificates or diplomas along with their degrees, including 4 receiving the Diploma in Cross-Cultural Ministries (365m Program); and 4 receiving the Advanced Graduate Certificate in Wesleyan Pastoral Theology. The graduates represented 3 countries: Canada, Germany and the United States. Dr. Henry Spaulding, President of Mount Vernon Nazarene University, delivered the commencement address.
NTS is pleased to announce Rev. Chet Decker (’78) as the new Dean for Administration and Student Services. Rev. Decker’s assignment to this position comes as a result of the retirement of Dr. D. Martin Butler who has served NTS in this capacity since 2005.
In response to an invitation by the Hispanic Strategy Committee of the USA/Canada Region of the Church of the Nazarene, Nazarene Theological Seminary is working with the Office of Multicultural Ministries on a plan to offer its Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree in Spanish to leaders ministering in Hispanic contexts in North America. As with the English language DMin program, the emphasis will be on Wesleyan Pastoral Theology.
Nazarene Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that BOTH tracks of its Master of Arts (Theological Studies) degree (MATS) are now available as fully distance programs. Students may earn this degree, either the General Academic or Research Track, by taking courses online, via video-conference or by enrolling in a one-week module course in Kansas City or at any of the Seminary’s multi-campus sites (Bethany, OK; Mount Vernon, OH; Nashville, TN; Quincy, MA).
Nazarene Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the launch of its Center for Pastoral Leadership (CPL), under the direction of Dr. Jesse Middendorf, General Superintendent Emeritus for the Church of the Nazarene.
Nazarene Theological Seminary (NTS) elected Carla Sunberg as its tenth president on January 3. Sunberg, the first woman president in the school’s history, was elected on the first ballot and accepted the position.
Nazarene Theological Seminary has received a $250,000 grant as part of Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Theological School Initiative to Address Economic Issues Facing Future Ministers. It is one of 67 theological schools across the country to receive this funding.
NTS alumni are contributing a great deal to ministry resources! Here is a list of publications—which includes only those of which we are aware (there are likely MANY more)—that our graduates since 2000 have written or contributed to:
Nazarene Theological Seminary, in cooperation with Youthfront, a nationally known youth ministry program based in Kansas City, hosted an important panel discussion on Tuesday November 12 around current issues related with youth ministry and race.
Theologians and Deans of Schools of Theology, representing Nazarene educational institutions in the USA/Canada region, gathered at Nazarene Theological Seminary to discuss how to serve the Church of the Nazarene more effectively through theological education and ministry preparation. This discussion was of particular importance given the changing landscape of pastoral ministry and the continual mission for these institutions to partner with local churches and districts in preparing the next generation of clergy. The two day conference, sponsored by Dr. Dan Copp, director of the International Board of Education (IBOE), included conversations on such topics as ecclesiology, the role of the pastor, and ministry preparation. The discussions illustrated the common mission and passion of religion faculty to educate, form, and equip those who are called to serve the Church and the Kingdom of God.
“Holy, Holy, Holy…Lord God Almighty…” Nearly 400 voices rang out in worship in the chapel at Nazarene Theological Seminary (NTS) on Wednesday morning October 2, kicking off the second day of the first NTS Preaching Conference, “Preaching Holiness in a Pluralistic World.”