President’s May Newsletter 2022

President’s May Newsletter

Based on our recent survey, most pastors are facing four challenges: loneliness, failure, grief, and fear. They learned from seminary to expect them, but the pandemic has magnified these challenges. Churches and pastors get stuck waiting for conditions to improve. As we look at Jesus’ ministry before and after the resurrection, he prepared the disciples to go through these issues rather than wait for things to change. He gave them practices to journey into resilient and effective ministry: prayer, vulnerability, friendship, and evangelism. This post will discuss the first of these practices, expectant prayer from those who receive our ministry.


The Way Through (Loneliness)
Taste of Northern (May 17th)
Northern Seminary is pleased to announce our next Taste of Northern event scheduled for Tuesday, May 17 via Northern Live Streaming technology. On this day we are offering FREE classes from our world-class faculty on various theological topics, as well as a vibrant classroom environment, student body, and diversity of discussion. If you are discerning the next steps in theological education, Our Taste of Northern event will give you an opportunity to see if Northern Seminary is a place you can be trained to live out your purpose and ministry.

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2022 Vision Conference

In 2020 The R.H. Boyd Publishing Company and the National Baptist Congress combined their efforts in providing premier Christian Education materials and an annual training conference to host the Vision Conference. In addition to Christian leadership resources, the Vision Conference offers strategy sessions, business advice/mentorship, author services, sermons, workshops, continuing education credits for seminary and secular employment requirements, and access to Northern’s Urban Leadership Degree/Certificate Program and Seminary Now.


We are excited to be in partnership with the Vision Conference as it expands our capacity to lead the church and engage the world. Dr. Dew and Greg Armstrong will be onsite for the 2022 Vision Conference in Nashville, TN, June 16-18, 2022. Dr. Hatch will be teaching a virtual course, The Theology of the Black Church, during the conference. Thank God for this relationship.

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Lift the Financial Burden on Pastors

Our students need you now more than ever to lift the burdens of financial stress, hold their arms, and keep them in their ministry positions. Several of our current students lack the financial resources to continue their seminary journey. Either because of health concerns, family stress, or the burden of debt, they are carrying a heavy load as a pastoral ministry. Let me share three examples with you.

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June 2022 Brady Lectures
Northern Seminary is pleased to announce Dr. Willie Jennings as the lecturer for the 2022 Brady Theology & Mission Lectures. The lectures will take place in the historic New Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church on the west side of Chicago.

Registration for these lectures is currently open and free to the public. Panelists will include Drew Hart, Beth Jones, David Fitch, Marshall Hatch, and many more esteemed guests. We look forward to spurring one another on through this inspirational time together.

Register for in person or Livestream.

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Italy 2022

Join us in Italy, a classroom without walls. We’ll learn about women in the history of the church through art and architecture on this study tour of some of Italy’s beautiful historic sites.
Course: WT 403 | Women, the Church, and the Arts

Professors: Dr. Lynn Cohick and Dr. Sandra Glahn

Dates: December 27, 2022­–January 14, 2023

Cost: $3000, plus airfare and tuition (if taking the course for credit)

Broad overview: participants will have the opportunity to learn in Rome, Ravenna, Venice, Milan, Florence, Orvieto, and Sorrento

The trip is open to current Northern students, alumni, board members, and spouses. There are 20 spots available, and students taking the course for credit have priority.

Find out more about the trip >>

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Western Christians in Global Mission
Is there an ongoing role for the North American church in global mission?Missions specialist Paul Borthwick will be teaching how the Western church can best continue in its global mission. He provides a current analysis of the state of the world and how the Majority of World leaders perceive North American Christians’ place. Borthwick offers concrete advice for how Western Christians can be involved without being paternalistic or creating dependency. Using their human and material resources with wise and strategic stewardship, North Americans can join forces with the Majority World in new, interdependent ways to answer God’s call to global involvement.

In this critical age, the global body of Christ needs one another more than ever. Discover how the Western church can contribute to a new era of mission marked by mutuality, reciprocity, and humility.

This will take place on June 21, June 28, July 12, July 19 (Tuesdays)
7:00 PM – 8:15 PM • Online via Zoom

Cost: $109 ($39 for alumni)

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William D. Shiell
President, Northern Seminary


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