President’s March Newsletter

Dear Friends,

In the 16th century, Ignatius of Loyola designed the curriculum for one of the first seminaries. His “School of Theology” trained pastors to grow in their love for God and neighbor. The biblical and theological courses taught students to deepen their love for God. The pastoral ministry courses (preaching, serving communion, and baptism) equipped students to love their neighbors.

Seminaries today continue in that tradition. This summer at Northern we’ll offer our Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Ministry degrees through Northern Live. Students can stay home, learn in context, deepen their faith, and extend God’s mission. Learn more here, recommend a student, or provide a scholarship for this first cohort.


LISTEN TO A WEBINAR ON MULTIETHNIC CHURCH LEADERSHIP AND READING ROMANS BACKWARDS

In case you missed it, we posted two webinars from last month for you to enjoy.

Multiethnic Church Leadership Webinar

Check out the conversation with Mark Dymaz and Derwin Gray about Multiethnic Leadership. In this episode, Derwin challenges us to take the first steps to becoming a multiethnic church by learning to lament and grieve when persons of color are hurting.

READING ROMANS BACKWARDS WEBINAR

Deepen your knowledge of the book of Romans by enjoying Scot McKnight’s new study. Imagine the deacon Phoebe reading Romans to you as Scot reveals wonderful insights into Paul’s famous epistle.

21 DAY PRAYER CHALLENGE

Have you signed up for our 21-Day Prayer Challenge? Join those already praying for Northern during Lent and Easter. The Challenge is designed so you can sign up any day and we start sending you prayer updates and requests within 48-hours to join others supporting Northern in prayer.


RESOURCE CONFERENCE
BLOOMINGTON, ILLINOIS | MAY 9-11

There’s still time to register for the Resource Conference in Bloomington, Illinois, May 9-11. If you’re a member or leader of a church of 200 persons in worship or smaller, this conference is for you. Northern faculty will be presenting fantastic workshops, and Dennis Edwards will be one of the keynote speakers.

JOIN NORTHERN SEMINARY AT THE
AMERICAN BAPTIST CHURCHES, U.S.A. BIENNIAL

VIRGINIA BEACH | JUNE 23, 2019 | 7:30AM

Join Northern Seminary at the American Baptist Churches, U.S.A. Biennial at Virginia Beach June 23 at 7:30 a.m.
You can sign up for our breakfast event by contacting Kathy Young via email at kyoung@abc-usa.org (telling her you want to reserve a seat/s for $15 each) or phone at 610.768.2222.
Dr. David Fitch will be speaking on his new book, The Church of Us vs. Them: Freedom from a Faith That Feeds on Making Enemies. Register now. Everyone who attends will receive a free copy of Dr. Fitch’s new book.

I am grateful for all the ways you support our efforts to train students and lead churches so people may know Christ.

Have a blessed week!

Your friend,

William D. Shiell
President, Northern Seminary

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