David Wesley

Professor of Intercultural Studies


David Wesley

Professor of Intercultural Studies
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My approach to theological education is shaped by my experience as a missionary and my on-going research regarding the church’s missionary identity in a changing global environment. I love creating meaningful, participatory experiences both in the classroom and in the context of a globalized society. I relish the opportunity to collaborate and customize experiences that meet learning needs. This includes bringing students into my own research process. As I teach I invite students into this process to analyze findings and to participate in the formation of informed ministry practices. In all my classes I work toward integration of theological, missiological and biblical frameworks with grounded application in the context of their own ministry. I strongly believe that the class room experience is enhanced when a robust learning experience integrates the context of ministry, the learner’s experience, an engaging literature base, my role to mentor students in the process and the work of the Holy Spirit.
The diversity and complexity of the Kansas City urban community is engaging. My wife and I live near NTS and we enjoy being involved in the Kansas City Urban corridor that extends into our area. Our neighborhood reflects interesting aspects of diversity and our daily prayer is that our friends that we call neighbors will be blessed through our lives.

Book: A Common Mission: Healthy Patterns in Congregational Mission Partnerships. Eugene, OR. Wipf and Stock Publishers. 2014.

Article: Collective Impact and Mission in Didache: Faithful Teaching (Summer 2012)

Dissertation: Collective Impact in Congregational Mission: A Multisite Case Study of a Congregation to Field Partnership, Ph.D. Diss., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Dec. 2012.

Paper presented for the M11 Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, Feb.,2011 titled Congregational Mission in Context.

Contributor: “The Church as Missionary” in Missio Dei: A Wesleyan Understanding. Kansas City, Beacon Hill Press, 2011:25.

Paper presented at Africa Missiology Conference in Johannesburg South Africa. The Emerging Missionary Paradigm in Africa: A Missional Vision from the Church of the Nazarene in Africa.

Article: Short‐Term Mission as Pilgrimage in Didache: Faithful Teaching 9:2 (January 2010).

Paper presented to Wesleyan Church pastors and leaders in Kansas City, 2010. The Church as Missionary: A very Wesleyan Conversation.

Article: A Short‐Term Mission Research Project in Didache: Faithful Teaching 9:1 (Summer 2009) ISSN: 15360156.

Article: Nazarenes in a Post‐American World. Article for Holiness Today, Aug., 2008.

Reaction paper presented at Global Theology Conference in The Netherlands. Missional Advance and Effectiveness of Theological Education (Reaction to the paper by Rubén Fernández)

Editor and contributor for series of 24 Spanish modules and professor guides for the South American course of Study. 2007.

Dissertation: Strategic Ministerial Education in the North Andian Field: The Development and Implementation of a strategic plan for the Seminario Teololico Nazareneo Sudamericano in Quito, Ecuador. DMin., Nazarene Theological Seminary, August 2004.


Doctor of Philosophy, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Ill. December, 2012
Doctor of Ministry, Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO June, 2004
Master of Divinity, Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO May, 1990
Bachelor of Arts, Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, OK May, 1985

Academic Affiliations

American Society of Missiology
Evangelical Missology Society

Teaching/Research Interests

Missional Ecclesiology, Congregational Mission, Contextual Theologies, Mission Theology, Collective Impact in global intiatives, Third wave missions, Mission Innovation ‘from below’.

Classes Taught

Congregational Mission
Emerging Global Realities
Mission Ecclesiology
Theology of Mission
Missional Theology
Missions in Global Contexts
Ethnographic Research Methods
Contextual Theologies
Emerging issues in mission: Short Term Missions


Elder, Church of the Nazarene

Local Church Involvement

Mission Pastor, Shawnee Church of the Nazarene

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