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.
2014 NTS PREACHERS CONFERENCE
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.”
This webinar will take place the day following the Seminary’s first Preaching Conference: Preaching Holiness in a Pluralistic World (Thursday October 3, 2013; 10:30am CDT). Some of the members of the new NTS Alumni Council will be sharing their reflections based on their experiences at the conference. Listen to them dialogue about the sermons they heard and the interviews that took place with each of the preachers, and to talk about preaching holiness in general. We will also be anxious to hear from participants on the webinar—both those who were able to attend and those who were not. This webinar will also take place during the Seminary’s Thursday chapel time and so students and faculty present will also be able to weigh in. You won’t want to miss it! Sign up TODAY!
The Association of Theological Schools (ATS), the accrediting agency for NTS, has granted the Seminary full approval to offer the complete Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree at the Multi-Campus Seminary site of Eastern Nazarene College (ENC). NTS began offering courses at ENC last fall.
NTS President Dr. David Busic has been elected the 40th General Superintendent in the Church of the Nazarene. He was elected on the 21st ballot with 722 votes (648 needed for election).
In his address to the assembly after his election Busic shared, “My brothers and sisters, I find myself experiencing two emotions at once. First, incredible gratitude to the Church and to God; except for the grace of God I have nothing and I am nothing. And apart from the Church, I have been given nothing. The other emotion I have is amazing humility that the Church would extend this honor to me. I have never felt adequate for the call that God has placed on my life, but I have always known His power to help me do what He has called me to do. And it is providential that the report on Scripture would be given prior to my election, because I have submitted myself to the authority of God’s word my whole life. I am a servant of the Church.”
Busic closed his address by saying, “I am submitted to the will of the Church. And with great humility, I accept your affirmation and I commit to be the kind of leader who continues to lead us into our best days as a Christian church, as a holiness church and as a missional church.”
View/read his full speech here.
Of Busic’s election, Dr. Jeren Rowell (Chair NTS Board of Trustees) shared, “The Board of Trustees congratulates President Busic on his election to the office of general superintendent. The global family of Nazarenes will be blessed by his leadership. While we clearly regret losing his direct leadership of NTS, we are confident that God will again provide the right leader for this time. We pray the grace and peace of Christ for the Busic family in this time of transition.”
Biblical preaching is one of the most important tasks of the God-called ministry. That’s why preparing and resourcing women and men to be outstanding biblical preachers is a priority for Nazarene Theological Seminary. For that reason, NTS is hosting its first Preaching Conference: PREACHING HOLINESS IN A PLURALISTIC WORLD | OCTOBER 1-2, 2013.
Children provided the focus of study at Nazarene Theological Seminary on Tuesday April 9, via the Miriam J. Hall Lectures in Children’s Ministries. Dr. Scottie May, Associate Professor of Christian Formation and Ministry at Wheaton College, provided a powerful opening lecture on “Why Welcoming Children Welcomes Jesus” and followed with an interactive session on “How Welcoming Children Welcomes Jesus.”
Congratulations to NTS student Jonathan Platter who has been selected as this year’s winner of the Tom Nees Social Justice Award for his paper titled, “The Trinity, Social Justice and the Missio Dei: A Trinitarian Construal of Agency, Treating Social Justice as Paradigmatic of Christian Action.”
Platter will present his paper in an NTS Chapel on Tuesday April 16 at 10:30am. All are welcome!
Dr. Tom Nees is widely recognized as the one who led the way in renewing the Church of the Nazarene’s understanding of its call to minister to and among those in need through the development of the Community of Hope in Washington D.C. Dr. Nees later served as Director of Mission Strategy for the Church of the Nazarene in the United States and Canada and as adjunct faculty for NTS, teaching urban ministry courses. The Nees lectureship and Nees Social Justice Award was made possible by NTS alumnus, Jim Copple, in 2008.