February 2022 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

Ministers inspire and motivate me. For the last two years, they’ve faced tests and trauma that we haven’t seen in church life in over 100 years. Some have decided to end this season of ministry, many for excellent reasons. However, over 60% have agreed to renew their call to the local church. Their decision doesn’t necessarily mean they will be in their church for the rest of their lives. But it does mean that they are staying at their post and remaining in church ministry for the foreseeable future.

Based on the insights we just learned from a survey we conducted, pastors are staying because of their calling and community support around them. Last month, nearly 400 pastoral leaders responded to a survey Northern Seminary, Seminary Now, and The Grow Center for Church and Mission co-sponsored. We wanted to learn at a deeper level why so many are not joining “the great resignation.”


Part 1 of 3: Characteristics of Resilient Pastors
By William D. Shiell


Korean Master of Arts in Worship






New Partnership with SaRang Global Academy (SAGA)

Northern Seminary is excited to announce a brand-new Korean Master of Arts in Worship program beginning Winter 2023. All lectures, assignments and exams will be in the Korean language and taught within the Northern Live platform (synchronous online recorded lectures). This degree program can be accomplished in two ways: a one-year program in partnership with SaRang Global Academy (School of Worship) or a two-year program. The Korean MA in Worship program invites Koreans around the world to gain practical musical skills and theological depth for their ministries in the church and the wider community. The Korean MA in Worship will provide seminary education, music training, global church engagement and leadership equipping.

Dr. Billy Kim, Chairman of the Far East Broadcasting Company and Honorary Trustee of Northern Seminary celebrated, stating, “I am so glad that Sarang Global Academy is reaching out to Northern Seminary to have programs together! Sarang Community Church is probably one of the largest churches in the world and God is working powerfully through His people and His church. I have been very close to Dr. John Oh who is my beloved son like Paul and Timothy in the Scripture. I give 100% endorsement for both your school and Sarang Global Academy.”

Watch the Announcement Video >>>


Success in San Antonio

Faith-based Design Lab Teaches Churches
How to Help Their Communities Flourish

Read about the great work of Northern Seminary’s partners and hosts of our center in San Antonio: Impact Guild and Park Community Church.

The following article was first published by Duke’s Faith and Leadership:
When Jess Lowry was hired eight years ago as family minister at Sunset Ridge Church of Christ in San Antonio, Texas, she faced some of the problems that arise in longtime congregations. FULL ARTICLE >


Center for Theological Integrity

Northern Seminary’s Commitment to Pastoral Resilience

In light of the growing challenges facing today’s pastors, Northern Seminary has dedicated itself toward equipping the Church for sustainable ministry.  This July, we will be launching a new Center for Theological Integrity to help vocational ministers engage in meaningful community, collaborative conversation, and engage in formative dialogue between the intersection of theology and practice.

Dr. Mark Quanstrom will be shepherding this innovative project, bringing a wealth of wisdom and experience to accomplish the Mission of the Center’s initiatives.



Alumni Impact

Lou Bury: A Man on a Mission

Bury, who previously worked in the business sector, was a member of the Downers Grove Community Church for 35 years before he felt called to the seminary and began serving as associate pastor in 2018. At the height of the pandemic, he became the church’s lead pastor. “The church as a whole gets a black eye because we have not always been authentic to the mission of Jesus Christ,” Bury said. “But the church is even more relevant right now because it needs to step up and fill the gaps.” -Excerpt from Suburban Life article below:










Would you like to be better equipped to counsel individuals in crisis?

Counselor and professor Dr. Scott Floyd has practiced and taught crisis counseling for decades. Now he brings his expertise to this course to teach you how to be ready to serve in the midst of trauma, loss, and tragedy. Dr. Floyd provides practical advice about what to do—and what not to do—following tragic events. This course will increase your ministry effectiveness and prepare you for the unexpected. Start learning today.





The Global Pandemic along with tensions stemming from race, politics, the economy, and finances have affected the lives of pastors and ministry leaders throughout the country. It has changed the scope of what pastors are asked to do and requires pastors to be flexible in their ministries. There is a need for resilience in ministry. What does this look like? What does success look like? What is needed to create a culture for a long-lasting ministry. Pastor Greg Armstrong will be our host and moderator.

Leadership Resilience: Finding Long Term Success in Ministry – Part 1, Wednesday, March 16th from 11:00 – 12:00 PM CST on Facebook Live @northernseminary and @growcenternetwork

PANEL: Dr. Deb Gorton, Dr. Rob McKenna, Dr. Derek McNeil

Leadership Resilience: Finding Long Term Success in Ministry – Part 2 Wednesday, March 25th from 12:00 – 1:15 PM CST on Facebook Live @northernseminary and @growcenternetwork

PANEL: Dr. Mark Quanstrom, Paco Amador, Jaslyn Dixon, Kensen LamFinally, join Northern Seminary for a webinar on “Staying Power through Courageous Preaching,” March 24th via Facebook Live @northernseminary


Taste of Northern

During this one day event, you will have the opportunity to talk with our admissions staff and sit in on one of the courses currently being held at Northern via our Northern Live Stream technology.


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