Nazarene Theological Seminary
1700 E. Meyer Blvd.
Kansas City MO 64131
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 268-5400
Mission Statement
The Mission of Nazarene Theological Seminary, a graduate school of theology in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, is to prepare women and men to be faithful and effective ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to offer itself as a theological resource in service to the Church of the Nazarene, its sponsoring denomination, and the wider Christian Church. NTS is a missional seminary serving a missional church.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Carla Sunberg
Board Chair Rev. Dr. Jeren Rowell
Board Chair Company Affiliation District Superintendent, Kansas City District
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1945
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
The Mission of Nazarene Theological Seminary, a graduate school of theology in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, is to prepare women and men to be faithful and effective ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to offer itself as a theological resource in service to the Church of the Nazarene, its sponsoring denomination, and the wider Christian Church. NTS is a missional seminary serving a missional church.
Background Statement
The Eleventh General Assembly of the Church of the Nazarene was held in Minneapolis in June 1944. This assembly authorized the establishment of the Seminary as a graduation institution of the Church of the Nazarene. The first Seminary Board of Trustees was then elected and the name Nazarene Theological Seminary was chosen. The Board of Trustees unanimously selected Kansas City as the Seminary's location.
 
 
At a special meeting in Kansas City, September 1944, the Board of Trustees unanimously elected Hugh C. Benner as the Seminary's first president.
 
Meeting in January 1945, the Board of Trustees elected the following full-time faculty: Russell V. DeLong, district superintendent of the Northwest Indiana District, as Dean and Professor of Philosophy of Religion; Ralph Earl, Professor of Greek and Bible; L.A. Reed, pastor of First Church of the Nazarene, Chicago, as Professor of Preaching and Pastoral Ministry; Mendell Taylor, Dean and Professor of History at Bethany Nazarene College, as Registrar and Professor of Church History; and Stephen S. White, Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Olivet Nazarene College, as Professor of Theology.
 
 
The Seminary started its first school year in September 1945 in temporary quarters with 61 enrolled. The Nazarene Publishing House generously provided space for administrative offices and a classroom on the first floor of the General Editorial Building, 2901 Troost; and the management of the denominational headquarters building extended a similar courtesy in providing the Seminary with its main classroom and chapel. The library was house in the renovated coach house of the Headquarters property.
 
 
In January 1950, a 10½-acre site was purchased at 1700 East Meyer Boulevard, Kansas City. An administration and classroom building was erected on this campus in 1954. A library building was added in 1966. In 2008 the Seminary received the Commons and the King Conference Center as gifts from the General Church of the Nazarene. Ten of the houses across the street were purchased for student housing.
Nazarene Theological Seminary presidents include:
 
Dr. Hugh C. Benner, 1945 - 1952
Dr. L.T. Corlett, 1952 - 1966
Dr. Eugene Stow, 1966 - 1968
Dr. William M. Greathouse, 1968 - 1976
Dr. Stephen W. Nease, 1976 - 1980
Dr. Terrell C. Sanders, Jr., 1981 - 1992
Dr. Dr. A. Gordon Wetmore, 1992 - 2000
Dr. Ron Benefiel, 2000 – 2012
Dr. David Busic 2012-2013
Dr. Carla Sunberg 2014- present
Impact Statement
2014-15 Accomplishments:
 
  1. A quarter million dollar library renovation.
  2. Finalizing a hail damage insurance claim that replaced the roofs on all our properties.
  3. Recruiting the highest number of new student applications in the last five years.
  4. Development of an Office of Advancement
  5. Addition of a new multi-site campus at Point Loma Nazarene University to begin operation in fall 2015.
 
2015-16 Goals:
 
  1. Launching new certificate level programs in urban ministry and church planting.
  2. Launching a new Spanish language Doctor of Ministry degree.
  3. Development of near campus student housing.
  4. Raising $775,000 in unrestricted giving.
Needs Statement
  1. Student housing – development of on-campus or near campus student housing for use by fall 2016.
  2. Fundraising – Increasing our unrestricted giving by $250,000 annually for the next five years.
  3. Recruiting – Increasing student applications and enrollment by 10% a year for the next five years.
Service Categories
Graduate & Professional Schools
Christianity
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Most Seminaries in North America have faced a myriad of challenges since the 2008 recession and NTS is not exempt. The perfect storm hit when the Denominational Headquarters moved from their location adjacent to our campus in the city to the suburbs. At the same time the denomination suffered financial setbacks resulting in budget cuts to the Seminary. Traditional forms of Seminary education came into question as technology began to develop in new ways that would transform theological education. Today, traditional religion is in decline and therefore begs the question of the role and place of a Seminary for a denomination and in the wider community. In the next 10-15 years 40% of all pastors in the United States will retire and there is the question of who will replace them!
Affordable theological education as an investment in the future of society is the major challenge. We are working to address this challenge in a variety of ways.
  1. Intentional investment in future leaders: I am personally raising funds for the President’s Leadership Grant, funds used on top of scholarships to invest in future leaders so that they can study with minimal or no debt. This includes young leaders from diverse backgrounds.
  2. Development of an additional $10 million endowment, specifically addressing the intentional development of future pastors and leaders. This fund currently stands at $1.3 million.
  3. Development of delivery systems that meet the variety of needs for today’s students. This includes technology, block scheduling and satellite campuses.
  4. Development of programs, either degree or certificate to address contemporary needs of church and society.
  5. Expansion of our Office of Advancement. A broader base of donors and resources is needed as the institution grows and expands, while desiring to keep costs affordable.
  6. Broader recruitment, specifically reaching into areas where we have previously been silent. This includes the greater metropolitan area of Kansas City.
  7. Development of affordable student housing within walking distance of the Kansas City campus.
Programs
Description
The Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree is central degree program of NTS. Its purpose is to prepare persons for pastoral and spiritual leadership in congregations and other settings. It is the normative degree for those preparing for ordained ministry. The MDiv Program provides both breadth of exposure and depth of understanding for theological disciplines and ministry skills. It prepares persons for pastoral responsibilities by providing opportunities for the integration of theological study, personal and professional formation, and the practice of ministry in congregational, community, and cross-cultural contexts.
For more information, visit http://www.nts.edu/master-of-divinity-degree/.
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success By the end of the MDiv degree program students will demonstrate achievement at a satisfactory level each of the degree program objectives. By this means they will be able to integrate biblical, theological, historical, and practical resources to provide ministry in a variety of ecclesial and cultural contexts.
Long-Term Success
NTS is committed to preparing leaders with mature mind and character appropriate for service in the various ministries of the church.
The long-term effectiveness of our graduates is the ultimate measure of our success.
Program Success Monitored By
To measure the effectiveness of its educational programs, Nazarene Theological Seminary’s faculty has developed outcome assessment plans that are implemented annually. The results are presented annually for faculty review in the annual report of each degree director. The assessment plans and annual reports are available by request from the Office of the Dean of the Faculty.
 
NTS also monitors completion rates, placement rates, overall satisfaction with degree program, and student ratings of their learning as evidenced of program success.
Examples of Program Success Tim Gaines (’08) and Shawna Songer-Gaines (’10) have been co-lead pastors of Bakersfield First Church of the Nazarene (Bakersfield, CA) since 2012. Tim and Shawna co-authored “A Seat at the Table.” Tim earned a PhD from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and adjuncts at Nazarene Theological Seminary.
Description
The Master of Arts in Christian Formation and Discipleship (MACFD) degree provides resources in faithful spiritual formation and discipleship for those entering ministry, as well as specialized study for practitioners seeking to expand their abilities in educational ministry.
 
As a research component in practical theology, the program integrates specialized study with theological reflection. As a professional degree leading to ministry practice, the program provides both foundational ministry education (in conjunction with the MACFD Diploma for Diaconal Ministry) with specialized age-level or family based ministry.
 
For more information, visit http://www.nts.edu/christian-formation-disciple/
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success
By the end of the MACFD degree program students will demonstrate achievement at a satisfactory level each of the degree program objectives. By this means they will be able to integrate scriptural, theological, historical, ecclesial, sociological and psychological resources to provide ministry appropriate for various age groups and family units.
Long-Term Success
NTS is committed to preparing leaders with mature mind and character appropriate for service in the various ministries of the church with special attention to specific age groups and family units.
The long-term effectiveness of our graduates is the ultimate measure of our success.
Program Success Monitored By
To measure the effectiveness of its educational programs, Nazarene Theological Seminary’s faculty has developed outcome assessment plans that are implemented annually. The results are presented annually for faculty review in the annual report of each degree director. The assessment plans and annual reports are available by request from the Office of the Dean of the Faculty.
 
NTS also monitors completion rates, placement rates, overall satisfaction with degree program, and student ratings of their learning as evidenced of program success.
Examples of Program Success Shannon Green (’14) has been the youth pastor at Enid First Church of the Nazarene (Enid, OK) since January 2013. She is passionate about youth ministry and youth forming their identity around Christ.
Description
The Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies (MAICS) degree prepares students for ministry in multicultural contexts, providing special preparation for future missionaries, pastors, teachers and other professionals who will minister in a multicultural world.
 
This program allows students to seek specialization in areas such as urban ministries, education, and other areas of servant leadership in intercultural contexts.
 
For more information, visit http://www.nts.edu/intercultural-studies-degree/
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success
By the end of the MAICS degree program students will demonstrate achievement at a satisfactory level each of the degree program objectives. By this means they will be able to integrate biblical, theological, historical, anthropological, and ethnographic resources to provide ministry in a variety of cultural contexts.
Long-Term Success
NTS is committed to preparing leaders with mature mind and character appropriate for service in the various ministries of the church with specific attention on multicultural contexts and cross-cultural communication skills.
The long-term effectiveness of our graduates is the ultimate measure of our success.
Program Success Monitored By NEED TO DO
Examples of Program Success
Grant Christy (’15) currently serves as the Partnership Coordinator for Nazarene Global Missions for the Church of the Nazarene.
Description
The Master of Arts (Theological Studies) degree (MA(TS)) exits for two specific groups of students, represented by its two tracks.
 
The GENERAL ACADEMIC TRACK is for students who desire familiarity with the major theological disciplines and to deepen their understanding of Christian faith.
 
The RESEARCH TRACK is for students who intend to pursue further study in a theological discipline. It is designed to provide students with specialized knowledge in their chosen area of study and the advanced research and writing skills necessary for doctoral-level work.
 
This degree (either track) can be done as a fully-distance program so that students may earn it by taking courses online, via video- conference and/or by enrolling in a one-week module course in Kansas City or at any of the seminary’s multi-campus sites (Bethany, OK; Mount Vernon, OH; Nashville, TN; Quincy, MA; San Diego, CA).
 
For more information, visit http://www.nts.edu/theological-studies-degree/
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success
By the end of the MA(TS) degree program students will demonstrate achievement at a satisfactory level each of the degree program objectives. By this means they will be able to investigate biblical, theological, and historical resources to communicate an integrated understanding of the Christian faith for a variety of contexts.
Long-Term Success
NTS is committed to preparing leaders with mature mind and character appropriate for service in the various ministries of the church with special attention on research and teaching.
 
The long-term effectiveness of our graduates is the ultimate measure of our success.
Program Success Monitored By
To measure the effectiveness of its educational programs, Nazarene Theological Seminary’s faculty has developed outcome assessment plans that are implemented annually. The results are presented annually for faculty review in the annual report of each degree director. The assessment plans and annual reports are available by request from the Office of the Dean of the Faculty.
NTS also monitors completion rates, placement rates, overall satisfaction with degree program, and student ratings of their learning as evidenced of program success.
Examples of Program Success Daryl Ireland (’08) has earned a PhD from Boston University (’15).
Description
The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) Degree is an advanced, professional theological degree in which NTS takes to the highest level its mission to prepare women and men to be faithful and effective ministers of the Gospel, and to offer itself as a theological resource in service to the church.
 
The program is for ministers who have already earned an MDiv or who have (or are willing to work toward) an MDiv equivalency. It is professional orientation, passionately committed to the integration of theory and practice. The DMin is designed for Christian ministers/pastors, chaplains, denominational executives, or staff specialists who desire to expand their capacity in their current roles.
 
For more information, visit http://www.nts.edu/dmin/
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success By the end of the DMin degree program students will demonstrate achievement at a satisfactory level each of the degree program objectives. By this means they will be able to integrate biblical, theological, historical, and professional resources to provide ministry in a variety of ecclesial and cultural contexts.
Long-Term Success
NTS is committed to preparing leaders with mature mind and character appropriate for service in the various ministries of the church with special attention to professional competence.
 
The long-term effectiveness of our graduates is the ultimate measure of our success.
Program Success Monitored By
To measure the effectiveness of its educational programs, Nazarene Theological Seminary’s faculty has developed outcome assessment plans that are implemented annually. The results are presented annually for faculty review in the annual report of each degree director. The assessment plans and annual reports are available by request from the Office of the Dean of the Faculty.
 
NTS also monitors completion rates and placement rates as evidenced of program success.
Examples of Program Success Grant Zweigle (’14) served as Senior Pastor of Vancouver First Church of the Nazarene (Vancouver, British Columbia) 2005-2014. He is currently Dean of Students and Instructor of Evangelism at Asia Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Carla Sunberg
Term Start Jan 2013
Experience
Carla is the first woman president in the school’s history, and is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. She served as a missionary in the former Soviet Union, as director of compassionate ministries as well as director of theological education. Since returning to the U.S. she has served as a Pastor and District Superintendent
 
She has a Ph.D. in historical theology from the University of Manchester (UK), the MA(TS) from NTS, and a BSN from Mid-America Nazarene University. In 2012, Olivet Nazarene University awarded her an honorary D.D.
 
 
She has served on the General Board, the governing board of the Nazarene denomination; on the NTS Board of Trustees; as member of the Church of the Nazarene’s Pensions & Benefits USA Board.
She was born in Germany, the daughter of missionaries and speaks German, Russian and English.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title President
Title Dean of the Faculty
Title Dean for Administration
Title Dean for Advancement
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 78
Volunteers 2
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Rev. Dr. Jeren Rowell
Company Affiliation District Superintendent, Kansas City District
Term July 2013 to July 2017
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Dr. Cynthia Black Administrator, RK Black, Inc.
Rev. Dr. Douglas W. Boquist Pastor, Lima Community Church
Mr. Allen Brown J.D.Attorney, Allen K. Brown & Assoc.
Mr. Chad Cook J.D.Attorney, Cook Law Group, LLC.
Mr. Scott Couchenour Lay Representative
Rev. Dr. T. Scott Daniels Pastor, Pasadena First
Rev. Dr. David Downs District Superintendant, West Texas District
Mr. Rob Edwards Chief Credit Officer, United Community Bank
Rev. Dr. Eddie Estep District Superintendant, South Carolina District
Rev. Dr. Stephen Estep Alumni President Pastor, Clarksville Grace Church
Rev. Dr. Glen Gardner District Superintendant, Eastern Michigan District
Rev. Dr. Elmer Gillett Pastor, Brooklyn Community Worship Center
Dr. Robert Helstrom Retired Businessman
Mr. Howard Hendrick J.D.Experia Business Consultant
Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Kunselman District Superintendant, Northwestern Ohio District
Rev. Dr. Clair Macmillan District Superintendant, Canada Atlantic District
Mr. Merritt H. Mann Retired IBM Executive
Rev. Dr. Janine Metcalf Chaplain, Northwest Nazarene University
Rev. Olivia Metcalf Chaplain, Northwest Nazarene University
Mr. Brad Moore President, Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions
Dr. Mary Margaret Reed Retired College Professor
Rev. Dr. Stan Reeder District Superintendant, Oregon Pacific District
Rev. Dr. Jeren Rowell District Superintendent, Kansas City District
Rev. Dr. Orlando R. Serrano District Superintendant, Western Latin American District
Dr. Deborah Straub Emergency Room Physician
Rev. Dr. Carla Sunberg President, Nazarene Theological University
Mrs. Barbara Tarantino Retired School Counselor
Mr. Ron Turpin J.D.Attorney/CPA, Gibson Ins.
Rev. Dr. Samuel C.W. Vassel Pastor, Bronx Bethany Church
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 26
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 22
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2014
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2015
Projected Revenue $4,250,000
Projected Expenses $4,235,000
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2014, 2013, 2012: Financial data reported using the organization's audited financial statements.
Detailed Financials
 
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$2,667,755$2,434,916$1,824,609
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$0$0
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$0$0$0
$0$0$0
$1,170,187$1,117,780$1,244,336
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,498,344$1,050,949($19,753)
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Other$43,122$10,517$1,094
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$3,504,670$3,410,562$3,196,506
Administration Expense$732,302$702,946$742,271
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.271.120.77
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%83%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$15,732,358$14,625,964$14,065,476
Current Assets$1,384,034$978,075$655,692
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$414,129$450,171$619,240
Total Net Assets$15,318,229$14,175,793$13,446,236
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.342.171.06
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Name Nazarene Theological Seminary
Address 1700 E. Meyer Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64131
Primary Phone (816) 268-5400
Contact Email info@nts.edu
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Carla Sunberg
Board Chair Rev. Dr. Jeren Rowell
Board Chair Company Affiliation District Superintendent, Kansas City District
Year of Incorporation 1945