Theological Education Requires Both Preparation & Engagement

It takes years of study and practice to become a professor, so my colleagues and I know what our graduate students are going through. We remember the challenges: what helped and what didn’t work. We try hard to integrate our knowledge and experiences into all of our interactions with students. My friend and colleague Dr. […]

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Aug 2015
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Christian Professors Instruct and Lead From Experience

My colleagues and I in NNU’s School of Theology and Christian Ministries went through years of study, service, prayer and preparation to educate men and women for Christian ministry, challenging them in ways that bring out their best. Across our years of biblical and theological studies, we have been shaped by our own unique backgrounds. […]

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Aug 2015
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Pastor Prepares to Lead in Postmodern Culture

Self-awareness can be a beautiful thing – especially when it’s orchestrated by the Spirit. When Brandin Melton entered NNU’s Master of Arts in Missional Leadership program, he was already a leader. He’d been doing it for several years — first as lead pastor at a Nazarene church in Sarcoxie, Missouri, beginning at the age of […]

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Jul 2015
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NNU Dean Leads Through Love, Commitment

Ultimately any educational experience is only as good as the professors who guide students. For more than a century, NNU’s most valuable asset has been her faculty. Highly supportive professors who lead our students with love, compassion and knowledge have long blessed us. For the past decade, Dr. Mark Maddix has served as dean of […]

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Jul 2015
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MDiv Grad Reaches World in Exciting New Ways

One of the most rewarding aspects of theological education is the opportunity to expand the boundaries of love-driven students who are reaching their God-given ministry goals. For many students in NNU’s Master of Divinity and Master of Arts programs, their graduate studies refine dreams that God gave them years before. For Kenton Lee, it was […]

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Jun 2015
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No Secrets to Student Success

Students of John Wesley know he was famous for powerful, plainspoken preaching. Despite the fact that he was an Oxford don, he had an uncanny ability to communicate in ways that reached those without any formal education. In this same tradition, I was pleased to run across this simple yet powerful report on student success […]

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Jun 2015
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The Link Between Challenge and Blessing

I consider myself one of the most fortunate people in the world. Almost 30 years ago, Kim and I were a young married couple actively engaged in our local church’s ministries. Over time, a growing itch from God led us out of our comfort zones and into a new chapter of our lives. Little did […]

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Jun 2015
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South African Pastor Finds Community Online

Again this year, NNU’s commencement exercises reminded me how blessed my colleagues and I are. As theological educators, we’re privileged with opportunities to meld our gifts with the talents and hard work of students all over the world, including graduates like Gabriel Benjamin. Last week, Gabriel and his wife Mary traveled to Idaho to celebrate […]

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May 2015
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Leading Long Before Commencement

It’s commencement season here on NNU’s campus. This weekend, thousands of family members and friends will join us to celebrate with our graduates. One of the best parts of my service at NNU comes right now, as I congratulate our grads ― some of whom I am meeting for the first time. Regardless of whether […]

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May 2015
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Professors Roundtable ― Meaningful Relationships From Online Tool

As NNU’s director of Graduate Theological Online Education, I’m honored to serve alongside some of the most gifted and experienced educators in the Wesleyan-Holiness theological tradition. To help answer some of the questions I often receive, I asked a couple of my colleagues to weigh in on relationships developed through their online teaching connections: How […]

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May 2015
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