Critical Issues

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Critical Issues
  • Dr. Jan Lanham and Dr. Mary Paul: Women Clergy - Their Unique Concerns and Gifts

    Dr. Mary Paul, Dr. Jan Lanham, and Dr. Jesse Middendorf discuss critical issues surrounding the unique challenges facing women called to ministry.

  • Dr. Dean Blevins: Neuroscience and Its Impact on Christian Formation

    Dean Blevins, Professor of Practical Theology and Christian Discipleship at NTS, makes the connection between new discoveries in neuroscience and its implications for Christian formation.

  • Youth on the Brain: Discovering the Role of Neuroscience in Youth Ministry

    Co-hosted by YouthFront and Nazarene Theological Seminary, Youth on the Brain: Discovering the Role of Neuroscience in Youth Ministry features a panel including Dr. Dean Blevins, Professor of Practical Theology and Discipleship at NTS, Dr. Se Kim, Assistant Director: Dialogue on Science, Ethics, ...

  • Dr. Jesse Middendorf: Sociology of the Small Church

    Dr. Jesse Middendorf talks about how the sociological aspects of a church can have a greater impact than formal ecclesiological structures (and more) which are imposed on it from the outside. Dr. Middendorf is a former District Superintendent and General Superintendent for the Church of the Nazar...

  • Dr. Steve Borger, Rev. Bonnie Beam, COMPASS Initiative

    Dr. Steve Borger and Rev. Bonnie Beam talk about the COMPASS Initiative. In 2016, the Church of the Nazarene received a grant from the Lilly Endowment's National Initiative to Address the Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders. With this grant the Church of the Nazarene created The COMPASS I...

  • Dr. Dean Blevins: Digital Footprint of Social Media

    Dr. Dean Blevins talks about the pitfalls of social media. He is Professor of Practical Theology and Christian Discipleship at Nazarene Theological Seminary.

  • Dr. Dean Blevins: What Would Jesus “Like”?

    During the 2017 General Assembly, delegates adopted a resolution designed to address social media practice. This webinar explores the impact of social media, its influence in congregational life, and suggestions for future practice through the 'lens' of that resolution.

  • Dr. Jo Anne Lyon: Giving Yourself to the Least of These

    Session 5 of the 2014 NTS Preachers Conference featured Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, now Vice President of Wesley Seminary in Marion, Indiana and, previously, General Superintendent of the Wesleyan Church.

  • Dr. Dan Boone: Human Sexuality

    Dr. Dan Boone was the featured speaker at the annual NTS Pastors Day in 2016. He is a Nazarene minister, author, and president of Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN.

  • Rev. Tara Beth Leach: When a Woman Preaches

    Tara Beth Leach is senior pastor of First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena in Southern California. She discusses and celebrates the unique voices and styles of women in the pulpit.

  • Dr. Dan Boone: The Church in Exile

    Dr. Dan Boone was the featured speaker at the annual NTS Pastors Day in 2016. He is a Nazarene minister, author, and president of Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN.

  • Matthew Soerens: Welcoming the Stranger

    Matthew Sorens from World Relief and the Evangelical Immigration Table joined local leaders on the NTS campus in the summer of 2018 to discuss how to 'Welcome the Strangers' among us.

  • Dr. Carla Sunberg and Christine Jones: A Place At the Table, Women in Leadership

    Carla Sunberg hosts a conversation with Christine Jones about leadership, women and a place at the table for all.

  • Montague Williams: Risking Reconciliation The Church's Prophetic Role

    Dr. Montague Williams was one of the workshop presenters during a special week of celebrations and events on the NTS campus around Martin Luther King Day in 2015.

  • Panel Discussion: Risking Reconciliation the Church's Prophetic Role

    During a special week of events on the NTS campus around Martin Luther King Day (2015), a panel of thought leaders from the local KC area and the Church of the Nazarene gathered to discuss the Church, racial realities and the possibilities of moving forward.

  • Dr. Brandon Winstead: Risking Reconciliation - the Church's Prophetic Role

    Dr. Brandon Winstead was one of the workshop presenters during a special week of celebrations and events on the NTS campus around Martin Luther King Day in 2015.

  • Dr. Carla Sunberg: Risking Reconciliation the Church's Prophetic Role

    NTS President Carla Sunberg sets the stage for a discussion about racial realities and the possibilities for reconciliation on the NTS campus during a week of special events on Martin Luther King week.

  • Rev. Charles Tillman: Risking Reconciliation- the Church's Prophetic Role

    During a special week of celebrations and events on the NTS campus around Martin Luther King Day, Rev. Charles Tillman talked candidly about the possibilities for reconciliation.

  • Rev. Keith Davenport: Millennials in the Church

    Davenport, a Millennial himself, tries to give context for understanding, ministering to and impacting this critical generation.

  • A Hopeful Conversation about the Nazarene Church’s Young Clergy

    Revs. Brit and Aaron Bolerjack, seminal figures for the young clergy movement and network that has formed in the Church of the Nazarene in recent years, dialogue about their hope for the Church's future and the place of younger clergy in it.

  • Rev. Julie Cheney: Creativity, Confidence and Companioning

    Julie Cheney is Executive Pastor at Porterville Church of the Nazarene in the Visalia, California area. Her address is part three (Companioning) of a pre-conference workshop for women clergy held on the campus of Mid America Nazarene University for a 2016 Pastors and Leaders Conference. The theme...

  • Rev. Rebecca Lum: Creativity, Confidence and Companioning

    Rev. Rebecca Lum's address on Confidence is part two of a pre-conference workshop for women clergy held on the Mid America Nazarene campus during a 2016 Pastors and Leaders Conference. The conference theme was 'Creativity, Confidence, and Companioning: Vital Development in Times of Change.' At th...

  • Dr. Carla Sunberg: Creativity, Confidence, and Companioning

    Dr. Carla Sunberg (former president of NTS and now General Superintendent in the Church of the Nazarene) kicks off a pre-conference workshop for women clergy held on the campus of Mid America Nazarene University during a 2016 Pastors and Leaders Conference entitled 'Creativity, Confidence, and Co...

  • Dr. Leah Gunning Francis: Leadership at the Crossroads of Faith and Public Life

    At this NTS Pastors Day in 2017, Dr. Leah Gunning Francis talks about how the Church can take leadership in the continual struggle to create equality in our communities.