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Wesley Center



Wesley Center

About the Wesley Center

The purpose of the Wesley center is to facilitate the embedding of Christ-centered discipleship across the university's campus and curriculum, and to support the mission of the Church of the Nazarene throughout the Northwest Educational Region and globally.

As part of the College of Theology & Christian Ministries the Wesley Center is comprised of two offices. The offices and their directors are as follows:

  • Wesley Center Director, Dr. Brent Peterson, bdpeterson@nnu.edu
  • Office of Applied Theology, Dr. Richard Thompson, Director. rpthompson@nnu.edu
  • Wesley Center Conference, Directors Dr. Jay Akkerman, jakkerman@nnu.edu and Dr. Brent Peterson, bdpeterson@nnu.edu

Wesley Center Online

The Wesley Center Online is a collection of historical and scholarly resources about the Wesleyan Tradition, theology, Christianity and the Church of the Nazarene.

Physically Distant, Relationally Strong Series

One Hour Weekly Training and Equipping - $25 for 10 sessions

In this unique season we want to offer some encouragement and resourcing for your ministry. You can see below a schedule of 1 hour courses that will be offered live via google meet at 11am (MST) every Tuesday. Each session will count as one Lifelong Learning hour. Each session will be taped for those who cannot participate synchronously. Watch the video inviting you to participate in these sessions.

Your first session is free. To sign up for this free session email Michele Emerson (mlemerson@nnu.edu). If you find these helpful you can then participate in 10 live (or recorded) sessions for $25. You can register for these at the Wesley Center Store.

For any questions contact Michele Emerson (mlemerson@nnu.edu) and Brent Peterson (bdpeterson@nnu.edu).

4/21/20 Brent Peterson and Ryan Gage Communal Worship in Light of COVID
4/28/20 Scott Daniels Preaching Well To A Camera
5/5/20 Jon Middendorf Being the Church Amidst Challenge, Chaos, and Covid
5/12/20 David Busic The Grace of Lament: Learning to Pray During a Pandemic
5/19/20 Dan Boone How to talk about God when our world is suffering - Job and COVID 19.
5/26/20 Tahmina Martelly COVID 19 and local Food Systems
6/2/20 Dierdre Brower-Latz Pastoral Care To and With Those on the Margins
6/9/20 Brent Peterson Sacraments Theology and Practice Before, During, and After COVID
6/16/20 Steve Hoskins “Establishing Identity: The Importance of Nazarene History
6/23/20 Letiah Fraser The Church and Disability: During and After COVID
6/30/20 Jay Akkerman Dialogical Preaching with the Church scattered
7/7/20 Jesse Middendorf The Sociology of the Small Church During and After the COVID Season
7/14/20 Dave Bowser Adaptive Leadership in a Chaotic Culture
7/21/20 David Busic The Praying Pastor: Shepherding Congregations From Your Knees
7/28/20 Jeren Rowell Details on Purpose: Practices to Form the People of God
8/4/20 JR Forasteros Pastors Getting Out of the Church Bubble
8/11/20 Richard Thompson Steps to good Biblical Exegesis
8/18/20 Diane Leclerc and Brent Peterson Theodicy and COVID: A Wesleyan Response
8/25/20 Tara Beth Leach Embracing the Simple Church Way
9/1/20 Jeren Rowell The Pastor and District Superintendent: My pastor? My boss? My colleague?
9/8/20 David Busic The City: Urban Churches in the Wesleyan Holiness Tradition
9/15/20 Brit Bolerjack Being a Good Steward of God's Creation
9/22/20 Jay Akkerman The Good Funeral
9/29/20 Olivia Metcalf What Do We Do NOW? Church in an Ever Changing Landscape
10/6/20 Dan Boone Planning worship services as if we were creating a narrative trip for our people.
10/13/20 Stephanie Lobdell Mental Health in the Church and Parsonage
10/20/20 JR Forasteros Pastoring a Big Tent Congregation

Lifelong Learning for Ministers

One Week Online Course $29 - 10 Lifelong Learning Hours

Because Lifelong Learning shouldn't be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Enhance your life and ministry with Northwest Nazarene University's low cost, fully online catalog of continuing education courses and fulfill your denomination's lifelong learning requirements.

You are dedicated to improving your ministry. And we're committed to your leadership growth. Taught by NNU's gifted faculty and leading-edge practitioners in the field, our easy-to-navigate online courses feature a fresh design that is also mobile-friendly for those on the go.

Explore our expanding catalog of ministry courses: each one carrying ten lifelong learning hours for just $29 per course. Expand your biblical and theological knowledge. Enhance your ministry skills. Log in at whatever time of day works for you using your desktop, tablet, laptop, or smartphone. Do it all in a week, just a couple of hours per day. All content is embedded in each course, with no textbooks required. Courses are limited to 15 adults to maximize interactive learning.

Courses are intended for continuing education and are not designed to satisfy requirements for ordination in the Church of the Nazarene. For more information or to register for a course, please contact Michele Emerson at lifelonglearning@nnu.edu.