President’s February Newsletter
Dear Northern Friends,
Northern trains successful students by immersing them in the world of the New Testament. This month, I traveled with the Doctor of Ministry in New Testament Context cohort to Israel for a life-changing trip. We were accompanied by several trustees, alumni, and friends of Northern. Scot McKnight taught parables, the Gospels, Paul, and the book of Acts. He also shared excerpts from his new book co-written with his daughter Laura entitled “A Church Called Tov.” I shared pastoral application and baptized Celeste Jarrett in the Jordan River. This pilgrimage is just one example of many how our students engage in academically rigorous study designed to impact their church ministries. One pastor told me that his cohort gave him a safe place to discuss issues and solve problems. Another shared how important it has been for his preaching to learn more about the world of the New Testament so that he can better apply the gospel to his church’s ministries.
The next cohort in New Testament context begins this summer.
WHO GETS TO PREACH?
“Preaching is an intricate art that can exhaust even the most seasoned communicator,” writes Rev. Tracey Bianchi interim director of the Preaching and Worship programs at Northern. “There are few places in ministry where ego and insecurity collide with theological conviction every seven days only to land on display for public scrutiny. Preaching can feel like both a tyrannical endeavor and holy encounter. Sunday afternoon provides a short sip of relief that is followed quickly by a blinking cursor and blank screen on Monday morning. Fifty-two weeks a year this churn lands in the lap of a preacher.”
SEMINARY NOW FORMS PARTNERSHIP WITH NATIONAL BAPTIST CONGRESS
Northern Seminary is excited to announce a new partnership with the National Baptist Congress and its Vision Conference.
“We are honored to partner with the National Baptist Congress to provide theological education for church leaders,” said Northern President Dr. Bill Shiell. “For over a century, the National Baptist Congress has been providing relevant training for Christian leaders in their local contexts. Our relationship with National Baptist will seek to do as Paul instructed Timothy: to entrust biblical teaching to reliable people who can in turn teach others.”
MAKING CHANGES IN THE REAL WORLD
Seminaries are facing up to the challenges and opportunities in education today. InTrust magazine featured Northern’s story in their most recent publication. Read how Northern and five other institutions have rediscovered their missions and adapted along the way.
To learn how your church can sponsor a student, contact Bill Janus (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the advancement office.
TASTE OF NORTHERN FEBRUARY 24
Join us Monday, February 24 for a free day of classes. Invite a prospective student, or check out for yourself the exciting new Northern Live learning environment.
BRADY MISSION AND THEOLOGY LECTURE WITH
FLEMING RUTLEDGE AND SCOT McKNIGHT JUNE 4-5
The Gospel & Mission: The Good News of the Crucifixion For The Church On Mission
The Apostle Paul declares, “for the message of the cross is foolishness…” What does this foolish cross have to say to our culture today? In a Western context defined by power, competency, and influence, how does the crucifixion shape our life together? How does a cross-shaped mission position the church in the world?
Join renowned pastor and theologian Fleming Rutledge as she casts a vision for a church engaged with the world.
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This past month, brothers Stephen and Daniel Brantingham honored their late father and Northern alumnus Rev. William C. “Bill” Brantingham with a gift that names one of the library reading rooms after him. To learn more how you can honor your loved ones, contact Bill Janus
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