President’s June Newsletter
Dear Northern Friends,
For most institutions, June means a slower month—not at Northern. Our students are launching into mission and learning even more about their faith. Our team is on the road sharing the good news of God’s work this year.
END OF THE FISCAL YEAR
June also marks the end of the Northern fiscal year. Your commitment to Northern has made it possible for God to provide and move in awesome ways. We have increased enrollment 25%, over the past three years, and this year we have:
- Opened the Greater Cincinnati Center
- Relocated the South Side Center for Urban Leadership to New Life Covenant Southeast Youth Center
- Awarded $276,000 in scholarships, an increase of 40% over last year
- Awarded most of our scholarships to women (51%) and persons of color (53%)
- Decreased the number of students in federal student loan debt to 16%
In the process, our students have grown in their love for the Lord and for God’s word. As Julie Close, current MANT student writes:
- Our scholarship awards will continue to increase
- All MDiv and MACM tuition costs will decrease, and current MA students will remain the same
- Any student will be able to complete the MDiv and MACM via Northern Live, and our new curricula in both programs will allow students to be supervised by the congregation or ministry site wherever they are located around the world
- We will begin a new church planting residency in partnership with ABC of Michigan
- We will launch a new Doctor of Theological Ministry degree program. This program will allows students without a Master of Divinity degree to begin doctoral work at Northern
Help us finish the fiscal year by making your gift to the Northern fund by June 30. Your gift will assist students who are unable to pay their tuition bills this year.
Becky Castle Miller has just recently released a study guide to Scot McKnight’s book Following King Jesus.
Becky writes: “Following King Jesus offers 24 lessons in a workbook format. Each lesson has a section for personal study and a section for a small group experience. The lessons begin with a short reading from one of Scot’s books, followed by reflection questions on the reading, a personal Bible study, a prayer time, a way to put the learning into action, and a journaling prompt to process the lesson. In the small group guide, there are questions to discuss the reading and Bible study together, an activity to do as a group, and a suggestion for a creative way to pray for each other. At the end of each lesson is a reminder to rest, a vital part of healthy discipleship.”
Yes, we do rest around here, but we also recognize that the work of the church never stops. We’re praying for you this summer as you embark on the important work of sharing the gospel. Let us know how you are seeing God at work this summer!
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