Meets all educational requirements for ordination in the Church of the Nazarene
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NNU was an early leader among seminaries and divinity schools by offering a flexible, fully online, 75-credit Master of Divinity degree with specialization in Missional Leadership. As an M.Div. student, you'll pair our strong pastoral ministry core with our Missional Leadership track to transform you, your church and your neighborhood.
Complete your entire program in as few as four and a half years, taking just one course at a time.* Start with your pastoral ministry core or dive into your specialization first, depending on your preference. Regardless of what you choose, our experienced faculty will invest in your growth and development.
*Students in their final year of study may complete Supervised Ministry concurrently with other course/s or enroll in it separately during the Summer session.
Upon graduation from the program, you will be able to:
Understand and be able to explain Wesleyan-Holiness theology as it relates to Scripture, Christian tradition, reason and experience in the practice of ministry
Identify characteristics of the cultural context of ministry and assess them through an appropriate theological perspective, compare existing cultures with alternative cultural expressions and develop personal and corporate practices consistent with God’s reign
practice the means of grace or spiritual disciplines that lead to emotional and spiritual health, personal Christian virtue and responsible social engagement
Integrate Christian theological themes in the understanding and practice of ministry and leadership
understand the historical interplay between cultural, philosophical and theological shifts that inform Christian ministry practice
Engage the social context from the perspective of Christian mission to articulate and embody the gospel of Christ
Utilize insights of missional leadership to evaluate and assess congregational contexts and move people and congregations toward practices consistent with a Wesleyan-Holiness theology
Understand and explain God's mission in the midst of a dynamic and changing world
NNU’s Graduate School of Theology is accredited by The Commission on Accrediting of The Association of Theological Schools. The following degree programs are approved by The Commission on Accrediting: Master of Divinity; Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry; and Master of Arts in Leadership & Formation with specializations in Missional Leadership; Spiritual Formation; and Youth, Children & Family Ministry.
Since 1930, NNU has been continuously accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges & Universities, the same respected accrediting body that validates other leading educational institutions across the Pacific Northwest.
As I began this education, all I knew was that God was calling me to deeper levels of ministry, and I was to “study and prepare myself.” NNU has gone above and beyond my idea of being fully equipped for every good work God might call me to accomplish in His Name.
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