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Academically, NTS is committed to grounding students in the classical and applied theological disciplines for the practice of ministry. We affirm Holy Scripture as the primary, final and decisive norm of teaching, while making full use of tradition, experience and reason as tools in biblical interpretation and theological formulation.

ATS Member Status: Accredited

1700 East Meyer Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64131-1246

Phone: 816-268-5400
Fax: 816-268-5500

Carla Sunberg, President Ph: 816-268-5402
Roger L. Hahn, Dean of the Faculty Ph: 816-268-5412

Denomination: Church of the Nazarene

Fall 2010 Data:
Enrollment: 283 (156.2 FTE)
Faculty Full-Time: 11
Faculty Part-Time: 19

Approved Degrees: MDiv, MA in Intercultural Studies, MA (Theological Studies), DMin, MA in Christian Formation and Discipleship

Comprehensive distance education program: yes

13 Reviews

  1. Nazarene Theological Seminary, preparing faithful and effective ministers of the Gospel, is exactly why I came here. NTS’ unique 10-month, cross-cultural program called 365m, where it sends students abroad to utilize contextual education as the catalyst for a transformational learning process, was one of the main reasons I came here. The program bridges missions and academics in a powerful way, to better learn and shape your view on the missio Dei.

    The faculty, staff, and students brings the NTS community to life and embracing the strong roots of the Wesleyan-Holiness doctrines helps solidify NTS as the premier seminary for the future. Go NTS!

  2. I thoroughly appreciated my time at Nazarene Theological Seminary. I received the MDiv degree (76 hour degree) and found it comprehensive but also flexible. As far as the instruction goes – the staff is thoroughly Wesleyan but remains tied to the historic church. There is a definite emphasis upon connecting ministry in today’s culture with the theology of the early church and diving into the writings of the church fathers. Alongside of that Scripture is honored and held up (I’d say Brandon’s experience is really out of the norm…I’ve never heard anything like that at NTS). A practical thing that I appreciated was the availability and transparency of the professors. Most (if not all) of the professors were relateable and approachable. The class sizes were such that interaction was able to happen. If you’re looking for a seminary that holds theology and practice in tension, that honors the thought that theology is best done in an “integrative” manner, and want to connect with your professors in meaningful ways inside and outside the classroom, then I’d suggest checking out NTS.

  3. My time at Nazarene Theological Seminary was formational in who I am becoming in Christ Jesus. It prepared me to be a life long learner who grows as she ministers in Christ’s name. I made friends, was mentored (and continue to be mentored) by staff and gained a valuable education all at the same time. If God is calling you into ministry, this is the place to go.

  4. Nazarene Theological Seminary is by far one of the most wonderful schools I have ever attended, and I am not just saying that. The faculty, staff, and students are super friendly, and the material is both challenging and theologically accurate and holds true to the Wesleyan-Holiness doctrines. There is no place I would rather be and am incredibly blessed that God called me to this place, at this time, and for His purpose! I am excited to see what the future of the seminary holds and what part I will play as we journey into uncharted territory. God is alive and well at NTS and it is a privilege to study here!

  5. Being someone without a theology undergraduate degree, I appreciate how well they give you a firm ministry foundation. Looking forward to continuing my education here as I follow God’s call.

  6. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at NTS. It is a wonderful community, committed to the Church, engaged in mission, and living out their faith together. The classes, professors, and students all significantly shaped me as a pastor and helped me to think deeply on the faith. At the same time, I knew I was deeply cared for and by the community. NTS is a great place to prepare for the ministry to which God has called you.

  7. This school is excellent. I came to NTS expecting to be fed the American holiness theology of my grandfather’s generation. I was pleasantly surprised to find that teachers help students connect with all sides of the major theological conversations that are out there. Students are challenged to think critically and a not just force fed a particular dogma. It is a small but vibrant community. There are multiple methods for taking courses which allows students to work while in school. When I was there I took some classes online, through video conference, in block format (3 hours one day a week, and in module (9 hours a day for one week). Professors engage the students with the work of many of the main theologians out there and do not limit the course resources to denominational material. I felt supported while at school and equipped after leaving.

  8. This seminary was awful. Professors ranted about how the Bible isn’t the Word of God as well as saying we can’t know for sure Jesus said anything that was recorded. Awful experience.

    • I definitely did not have the same experience as you had. I don’t recall any professor “ranting” about anything for that matter.

    • That was not my experience either. I have never heard any of the professors say anything remotely like that.

    • And that, folks, is a classic example of bearing false witness…

    • Did they say that JESUS was the Word of God [not the bible], like the bible itself says?

  9. Great school I graduated in 2011 and feel that I was well equipped for ministry. Their online and video conference classes and networking with other schools opens up many doors that were shut a few years ago.

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