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MA Partnership with the Netherlands

Homepage Feature — 22nd February 2019

MA Partnership with the Netherlands

What happens when the Church and its educators dream together about further equipping, serving, and deepening theological education for ministry and mission in the 21st century? It results in creative partnerships that extend across seas!

NTC and the Netherlands District of the Church of the Nazarene have established a vital partnership that will see NTC deliver MA-level study as a possible route to ordination for Dutch students.

This partnership is designed for students (mostly ordination candidates) who already hold a first degree in Theology or another discipline. They would meet key ordination requirements through a planned pathway of the MA in Theology. The MA is validated by the University of Manchester, so graduates receive a globally-recognised postgraduate award.

Students will enrol as a group – a ‘cohort- with up to ten students gathered together in each group to support their learning, shape each other and give companionship along the way. The first cohort is due to enrol from September 2019, and the first two units, which wrestle with ‘Holiness in Biblical Perspective,’ and ‘Holiness in Theological Perspective’, support the students in thinking about their theological identity. These units will run through the 2019-20 year.

What happens when the Church and its educators dream together about further equipping, serving, and deepening theological education for ministry and mission in the 21st century?

Students without a first degree already have the option of pursuing ordination through the European Nazarene College (EuNC) learning centre based in Rotterdam, so this offers an alternative for those who are looking to move to a more advanced level of study. The EuNC centre will allow any students who need transitional study to complete that ahead of starting the MA, and also allow all students to complete a handful of skill-based units in Preaching, Church Administration, or ‘Practice and Polity of the Church of the Nazarene’ as well as some others identified by the district. This enables the MA to be a reflective and theological complement to context based practical skills of daily service to the church and world.

Wonderfully, this model allows students to remain based in the Netherlands, living and working, whilst pursuing their studies: first units will be taught in the Netherlands, with the remainder taught in intensive mode on the NTC-Manchester campus.

The Netherlands district has decided that ordination candidates with a degree in Theology from a non-Nazarene College will be required to take the Postgraduate Certificate as a platform for ordination: the PGCert is the first two units of the MA (and is also a University of Manchester award). It matters to the church that Wesleyan theology and identity are at the heart of who we are.

The MA route to ordination was approved in 2016 by the Regional Course of Study Advisory Committee, so can be used as an avenue to ordination across the Eurasia region. Academic study is, of course, only one part of the route to ordination: candidates are also expected to complete mentored ministry experience, and to be approved by their district Board of Ministry, demonstrating their character, gifts, calling and a deep life of faith as well as the ability to think, lead and serve.

For more information on this award please visit: www.nazarene.ac.uk/ma-netherlands or contact the Netherlands Board of Ministry: drko@kvdn.nl

Click below for more information on this award, or contact the Netherlands Board of Ministry: drko@kvdn.nl

MA Netherlands Information