#GrabASeat For Northern on Giving Tuesday

Each year, more than 300 students, faculty, staff, trustees and attendees sit in the chairs at the Lisle and South Side Centers. From these chairs, our students travel the world, engaging with one common passion – the gospel of Jesus Christ.

A simple gift of $50 will pay for a student to sit in a chair for one class session where they prepare to lead the church and engage the world.

Click here to make a donation and spread the word on #GivingTuesday using the hashtag #GrabASeat.

A letter from the president

Northern Seminary has been blessed as a leader in theological education for more than 100 years. Today, we’re expanding upon our mission to better prepare our students to lead the church and engage the world for decades to come.

For the past year, Northern’s leaders have conducted a thoughtful and thorough assessment of the Seminary to determine the best course for our future. Our goal was bold and ambitious – and we’ve emerged with a strategic plan that focuses our resources to meet the complex needs of today’s students and congregations while forging a sustainable long-term path. Our time is now.

After more than 50 years at our Lombard Campus, we are taking a major step forward to make Northern more accessible, affordable and contextual for the changing world. This summer, we will relocate from Lombard to a state-of-the-art center in Lisle, less than seven miles away. Our new Lisle Center will open for the fall term in September.

As part of our expansion, we will also open our new Center for Urban Leadership, enhance the programming offered at our Lawndale Center on Chicago’s West Side, and develop new live-streaming classes through Northern Live over the next few years. Our new approach will better connect students with our world-renowned faculty and with the communities they will ultimately serve.

As Revelation 3:8 states: “Behold, I have set before you an open door.” We’re confident that the open door before us today will lead to another century of growth and ministry for Northern Seminary, and will enable the Northern community to become even stronger and more vibrant.

Whether you’re a student, an alumnus, a faculty member or a staff member, on behalf of the Board of Trustees, I invite you to join us. Let’s walk through this door together and begin a new journey – one that affirms our values, strives toward theological excellence and focuses on faithfully serving God’s Kingdom and His Church. Together, our potential is boundless.

Prayerfully Yours,

William D. Shiell, Ph.D.

President, Northern Seminary

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Transforming Theological Education

We’re redefining the learning experience to make theological education more accessible, whether you’re studying in our dynamic new learning spaces or engaging directly with students and professors through our Northern Live streaming classrooms.

We’re transforming theological education by:

  • Opening our new state‐of‐the‐art learning center in Lisle this fall
  • Establishing our new center on Chicago’s South Side this fall
  • Expanding the curriculum offered at our Lawndale Center,
    including courses in our Doctor of Ministry in Christian
    Community Development program
  • Expanding our Live Streaming Seminary classes through
    Northern Live
  • Providing students with mentoring from world‐class
  • Offering new opportunities to learn and serve overseas in countries including Israel, Greece and Kenya

Enhancing the Student Experience

We’re increasing access to scholarships, bolstering student services and strengthening our commitment to diversity and inclusion to ensure that all students thrive, grow and serve the church.

We’re enhancing every aspect of our students’ experience by:

  • Increasing access to and awareness of scholarships and financial aid to help make a Northern education more affordable for all students
  • Developing a fully online, live-streamed Master of Divinity program through Northern Live, enabling students to learn without leaving their homes and faith communities
  • Providing a “one-stop shop” for all student services, from admissions through commencement, so students have the assistance and support they need
  • Implementing the recommendations of our Racial and Gender Diversity and Inclusion Task Force by diversifying our curriculum, faculty and staff and bolstering our commitment to inclusion to ensure that all students have the knowledge, cultural competency and skillsets to serve anywhere

Training innovative leaders

We’re enriching our partnerships to better prepare future leaders who will faithfully pastor with evangelical passion and missionary skills, wherever they are called.

We’re strengthening our partnerships with local churches and communities and responding to their needs by:

  • Bringing Northern directly to communities in need by providing training for church leaders in Chicago neighborhoods
  • Establishing a center for church planting to start new
    churches and develop thriving congregations
  • Supporting and training preachers – including full‐time and
    part‐time students – through our “New Kind of Preacher” program
  • Providing continuing education and innovative leadership
    training programs for our church and community partners
  • Working closely with regional leaders to better serve American Baptist congregations and evangelical denominations and networks

Preparing students for a changing world

We’re developing and launching new degree and leadership programs to meet the evolving needs of today’s students and tomorrow’s congregations.

We’re meeting the needs of today’s students by:

  • Equipping students with the knowledge and skills to address
    the diverse needs of congregations
  • Providing students with practical training and helping them
    better understand the unique needs of the churches they will serve
  • Launching a Master of Arts in Urban Leadership program
  • Strengthening our Christian Community Development
    program, which focuses on urban‐based ministry
  • Reaching students who are seeking to develop their
    preaching or leadership skills but don’t have college degrees