President’s May Newsletter
It’s the season of Pentecost…and Commencement. We’re just three weeks away from the end of the Spring Term and Northern’s 103rd Commencement. On June 9, we’ll graduate (and commission) 49 in the class of 2018. We praise the Lord for the Spirit’s leadership in their lives and for your support of our students and faculty.
TASTE OF NORTHERN WAS A HUGE SUCCESS
Over 150 pastors and prospective students participated in our Taste of Northern event last Monday. We were thrilled with the response and eager to welcome many of these into classes this summer and fall. The day featured two lectures, one by David Fitch on the church as Christ’s “Faithful Presence,” the other by Scot McKnight on the Holy Spirit.
ANGLICAN PARTNERSHIP BEGINS
Northern welcomed over 100 pastors and lay leaders to the Lisle Center for the Telos Collective May 17-19. This event marks the official start in our program of Anglican Studies. We’re offering an M.A. and D. Min. in partnership with the Anglican Network “Church for the Sake of Others.”
Among the graduating class of 2018 will be the first Master of Arts in Worship co-hort. As Aaron Keyes says, this program trains students “to lead a congregation prophetically and pastorally, to speak what’s challenging to a congregation when they need to be challenged, and to speak comfort when they need to be comforted takes a lot of wisdom.”
Elder Joshua Shelton, 33, remembers the time he first saw a homicide victim; a young, black man who had been shot and killed. The victim was left dying on his feet while his family, including a small child, was upstairs.
“[Seeing that man] was something I couldn’t get out of my head for a long time,” Shelton said softly, as a glimmer of pain flashed in his eyes. “This man had died standing up, and his family was upstairs. We escorted them out of the building using a ladder through a window. We couldn’t let them see him like that. For a long time, I couldn’t get this victim out of my mind. Praying about it constantly, God reminded me that we need to hold on to the promise of everlasting life, and, that what the wicked is gaining is stored up for the righteous.”
Shelton, who is seeking a Masters Degree in Urban Leadership at Northern Seminary’s South Side Center, works full-time as the faith-based liaison with the Chicago Police Department’s 7th District in the Englewood neighborhood.
CONGRATULATIONS TO STUDENTS KELLYE FABIAN, JOHN NETHERLY, AND ALUMNUS JONATHAN BROOKS
Kellye Fabian (current MANT student) and Jonathan Brooks (alum) are publishing books this year. Support (and congratulate) them by pre-ordering now. In addition, John Netherly (current MA-UL student) is the recipient of a prestigious award. Join us in congratulating him and his accomplishments.
CONGRATULATIONS TO STUDENT JOHN NETHERLY FOR PRESTIGIOUS AWARD
JOIN US FOR A MEMORABLE WEEK OF COMMENCEMENT ACTIVITIES JUNE 7-9
Brady Lecture with Soong-Chan Rah
June 7-8, 2018
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June 8, 2018 at 4:00 pm
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June 9,2018 at 10:00 am
Christ Church of Oak Brook
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