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MA Netherlands Student Stories

Rev. Ed van Hoof (MA, 2011)

Church of the Nazarene Veenendaal

Netherlands

Thinking about my time at NTC, nothing but good memories come to mind. It was a great privilege studying with students from various nationalities. The system of preparing literature and other stuff at home, then coming to Manchester for two weeks, having discussions in class and building friendships going along our studies, was very rewarding. It helped me to understand what it means being part of an international church.

Thinking about my time at NTC, nothing but good memories come to mind. It was a great privilege studying with students from various nationalities.

Looking at the content of the MA course it was important to me to learn at a deeper level what Christian holiness means. In that respect the course units NTC provides are very helpful. I really enjoyed studying holiness in various perspectives ( Biblical, Pauline, Theological, etc.) and came aware of its importance for me as a Nazarene pastor . In sum I can only say to our Dutch students: you will have a great time in Manchester and truly I believe the Lord will enrich your ministry while studying at NTC.

 

Gabi Markusse (MA, 2005; PhD, 2013)

My years at NTC were immensely formative in my life. I was challenged to allow the best in me to be formed and pruned. To me, one of the most amazing and refreshing aspects of the school was the combination of a very high academic level with the challenge to deepen my relationship with the living Jesus.

My years at NTC were immensely formative in my life. I was challenged to allow the best in me to be formed and pruned.

The course enabled me to love him more and more, and to live with him and from him. And thus also to study from within this intimacy with him. In my view, the perfect preparation for ministry within the church.

 

Rev. Maarten van Immerzeel (MA, 2003)

“Catch on fire and people will come for miles to see you burn.” Looking back at my MA study at NTC I recognise what these words of John Wesley meant for me. I was on my way to Manchester in a period that I experienced a spiritual crisis. How could I be an authentic pastor to my people while I was struggling with basic faith issues? During my study, reading books in depth, sparring with other students, struggling in silence, I started to see light at the end of my tunnel. I went back to my people, not being another person, but a small fire of inspiration was kindled inside of me.

If you want to be pastor and teacher not willing to give the easy superficial answers, you must read, think and be moulded and educated by wise and pious teachers.

It is crucial to be educated as good and as thoroughly as possible. For we live in a complex time with many questions regarding the meaning of life and the relevance of our faith. If you want to be pastor and teacher not willing to give the easy superficial answers, you must read, think and be moulded and educated by wise and pious teachers. They can help you to explore the Bible; using the quadrilateral method of Wesley, guided by a love for God, mankind and creation. Only then people will sense and discover the silent inner flame of wisdom, love and knowledge in you. It will make you more fit and open to be used by Gods Spirit for the ministry of reconciliation and sanctification.

 

Daniel J. Atkins (MA, 2016- 2019)

City Pastor, Kirche in Aktion, Mainz

My time in the MA program with NTC has profoundly shaped me, both theologically and practically. Through my engagement with scholars I previously did not know, having real practitioners as professors, and their flexibility as I remain in local church leadership, I feel as if I have been given a foundation to build a life of ministry upon.

I feel as if I have been given a foundation to build a life of ministry upon.

More than that, however, is the spiritual gift that NTC has been to me personally, as it is clear the faculty is working and teaching first and foremost to know Christ and to empower the Church’s obedient participation in God’s mission to redeem all things in Christ.

 

Thomas Baldur (MA, 2011)

Pastor, Vadum Kirkecenter

I enrolled in NTC’s distance learning MA programme. For me, it was a near-perfect solution. I was able to pursue studies while working full time here in Denmark. Yes, it’s a lot of hard work and it takes some amount of personal discipline, but for me it was as rewarding as it was demanding.

I enrolled in NTC’s distance learning MA programme. For me, it was a near-perfect solution. I was able to pursue studies while working full time here in Denmark.

The annual fortnight in Manchester became something I enjoyed and looked forward to. Not only because of the learning experience but also as a time of developing new (and still lasting) friendships. With the added bonus of staying at a beautiful campus in a vibrant and interesting city. I recommend this programme to anyone for whom full-time on-site education is not a viable option.

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