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    Master of Arts: Pastoral Ministry

    Northwest Nazarene University's online master's in Pastoral Ministry program is designed to provide theological education to those preparing for vocational Christian ministry. Our faculty members hold doctoral degrees and include pastors with extensive experience as leading-edge practitioners, scholars with wide-ranging teaching experience and professors with proficiency in cross-cultural and online teaching contexts. Students work with a pastoral mentor and can earn the degree within 28 months with no residential requirement.

    Students in NNU's MAPM program begin their studies with a zero-credit online orientation, followed by twelve three-credit courses and a four-credit supervised ministry course. While many of our students come from traditions outside the Church of the Nazarene, many Nazarene students will be encouraged to know that NNU's fully online MAPM program fulfills the academic requirements for ordination required by the denomination*.

    This 40-credit program covers the breadth of ministerial studies, with courses in Christian education, missiology, pastoral leadership, spiritual formation, preaching and worship, Bible, church history, theology, and philosophy, as shown in the chart above.

    Financial aid is available for those who qualify, or students may take advantage of a zero interest monthly payment plan. Avoid expensive travel costs associated with modular programs at other seminaries, not to mention costly time away from home and your workplace. Tuition discounts are also available to assigned Nazarene clergy.

    *While NNU's MAPM program has been validated by Nazarene Clergy Services as meeting the educational requirements for ordination in the Church of the Nazarene, denominational polity gives final authority on such matters to the district, not to general authorities.

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    Course Descriptions

    Pastoral Ministry Core Courses

    BIBL6760 — Old Testament Interpretation (3 Credits)
    This course introduces key strategies and exegetical tools particular to interpreting the Old Testament. Students will develop exegetical skills and the ability to recognize Scripture's theological texture through study of selected texts from the different genres of the Old Testament.

    BIBL7760 — New Testament Interpretation (3 Credits)
    This course introduces key strategies and exegetical tools particular to interpreting the New Testament. Students will develop exegetical skills and the ability to recognize Scripture's theological texture through study of selected texts from the different genres of the New Testament.

    CHED6160 — Congregational Education & Formation (3 Credits)
    The course provides a Wesleyan approach to Christian discipleship by integrating Wesleyan theology and current developmental theories. The course explores how pastors can develop educational ministries that foster faith formation and Christian discipleship in local congregations. Particular attention is given to the role congregations play in forming faith disciples through teaching, worship, and congregational life.

    CHIS6560 — History of Christianity I (3 Credits)
    A study of the historical development of Christianity from 150-1500 C.E., from the Patristic period through pre-Reformation. The course will trace theological and doctrinal development as well as offer a general survey of the history of the Church in its ecclesiastical and cultural contexts. The student will have opportunity to read primary as well as secondary sources, and do research on a specified and focused area of interest.

    CHIS6960 — History of Christianity II (3 Credits)
    A study of the historical development of Christianity from 1500-present, C.E., from the Reformation through the 20th century. The course will trace theological and doctrinal development as well as offer a general survey of the history of the Church in its ecclesiastical and cultural contexts. The student will have opportunity to read primary as well as secondary sources, and do research on a specified and focused area of interest.

    PHIL7560 — Philosophical Foundations of Ministry (3 Credits)
    This course will provide the fundamentals for logical reasoning, review the philosophical foundations of theology, explore contemporary issues in the philosophy of religion, and develop methods for making ethical decisions within the framework of Christian values.

    PRTH6760 — Spiritual & Personal Formation (3 Credits)
    This course examines spiritual formational practices with particular emphasis on the personal and spiritual formation of the minister. Students will gain personal spiritual formational practices for the purpose of developing them holistically.

    PRTH6960 — Missiology & Contextualization (3 Credits)
    This course provides a study of the challenge and complexity of mission within the cultural diversity of today's world. Students will review the historical dimensions of missiology, develop biblical and theological foundations for missional ecclesiology, and strategize for cross-cultural communication of the gospel.

    PRTH6990 — Supervised Ministry (4 Credits)
    Under the direction of a ministry mentor, students will be involved in practical ministry experience in a local ministry context. Special attention will be given to preaching, counseling, teaching, education, evangelism, and administration. This experience will be under the direction of the instructor in cooperation with the supervising ministry mentor.

    PRTH7560 — Pastoral Leadership (3 Credits)
    This course will help to equip ministers to lead and manage churches and mission agencies. Special attention will be given to the student's ability to conceive and articulate purpose, mission, and vision for ministry and assist the student to develop the strategic means to realize that vision.

    PRTH7960 — Preaching & Worship (3 Credits)
    An advanced study of the methods of homiletics as well as applying principles of biblical interpretation to worship and preaching. A major focus of the course will be on practical application to selected biblical passages through the writing and preaching of expository sermons as well as a study of the Christian practices of the Church including baptism, funerals, weddings, and the Eucharist.

    THEO7560 — Christian Theology I: Wesleyan Theology (3 Credits)
    Students will explore the theological issues pertaining to the classical doctrines of the Wesleyan tradition. This exploration will focus upon the main characteristics of the nature of God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the human person, sin, salvation, the Christian life, the Church and sacraments, and eschatology.

    THEO7960 — Christian Theology II: Contemporary Theology (3 Credits)
    Students will reflect theologically on life and ministry by exploring various sources of theological reflection. In particular, dominant themes and figures in contemporary theology will be explored. In this exploration, students will compare and contrast distinctive characteristics of Wesleyan theology, including various understandings of holiness, with issues found in contemporary theology.

    Program Outcomes

    • The graduate understands and is able to explain Wesleyan-Holiness Theology as it relates to Scripture, Christian tradition, reason, and experience in the practice of ministry.
    • The graduate identifies characteristics of the cultural context of ministry and assesses them through an appropriate theological perspective, compares existing cultures with alternative cultural expressions, and develops personal and corporate practices consistent with the Kingdom of God.
    • The graduate practices the means of grace (spiritual disciplines) that lead to emotional and spiritual health, personal Christian virtue, and responsible social engagement.
    • The graduate integrates Christian theological themes in the understanding and practice of ministry and leadership.
    • The graduate understands and applies the offers of ministry to their cultural context in light of the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition. 

    Schedule

    Pastoral Ministry Learning Community 24, Fall 2016

    Grad Fall Semester 2016
    PRTH6000     OnRamp Program Orientation 08/15 - 8/28/16  Bynum/McNeiece     
    CHED6160 Congregational Education & Formation     08/29 - 10/16/16 Dean Blevins
    CHIS6560 History of Christianity I 10/24 - 12/11/16 Diane Leclerc
    Grad Spring 2017
    BIBL6760  Old Testament Interpretation 01/09 - 02/26/17 Stephen Riley
    PRTH7560 Pastoral Leadership 03/06 - 04/30/17 Matt Rundio
    Summer Grad Semester 2017
    CHIS6960     History of Christianity II 05/08 - 06/27/17 Tom Umbel
    Grad Fall Semester 2017
    PHIL7560   Philosophical Foundations of Ministry 08/28 - 10/15/17 Tom Oord
    BIBL7760 New Testament Interpretation 10/23 - 12/10/17 Celia Wolff
    Grad Spring Semester 2018
    *PRTH6990     Supervised Ministry 01/08 - 04/08/18 Ralph Neil
    PRTH7960 Preaching & Worship 01/08 - 02/25/18 Tim Stidham
    THEO7560 Christian Theology I 03/05 - 04/29/18 Brent Peterson
    Summer Grad Semester 2018
    THEO7960 Christian Theology II 05/07 - 06/24/15 Brent Peterson
    Grad Fall Semester 2018          
    PRTH6760 Spiritual & Personal Formation 08/27 - 10/14/18 Jeff Barker
    PRTH6960 Missiology & Contextualization 10/22 - 12/09/18 Howard Culbertson

    Please Note

    *MA students have the option of taking this course during the Spring 2018 semester or Summer 2018 semester

    *New MDiv students need to work with the Program Coordinator to schedule PRTH6990 as well as the other advanced summer MDiv course, BIBL8090.

    **Schedules are subject to change

    MDiv students who have already completed their specialization courses will take an additional summer class (BIBL8090) not listed in the above schedule. Contact the Program Coordinator for details.

    Commencement: May 2019


    Past Schedules

    Pastoral Ministry Learning Community 23, Spring 2016

    Pastoral Ministry Learning Community 22, Fall 2015

    Pastoral Ministry Learning Community 21, Spring 2015

    Pastoral Ministry Learning Community 20, Fall 2014