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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.
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.