Northeastern Seminary Blog

To Thrive In A Foreign Land: The Faithful Service of Northeastern Seminary Students and Alumni

Posted on Tue, Apr 14, 2015 @ 10:37 AM

Sadly, refugees are often a misunderstood people notes Rev. Bob Tice (D.Min., ‘12) senior pastor at River Rock Church. “At worst, many think of them as rejects and outcasts, poor, and a strain on America; and some a bit better think of them as just strange.” What is more alarming is that many people do not understand the unique needs of refugees.

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Tags: community, ministry, compassion

All the Resources You Need To Take Action Against Modern-day Slavery—You and Your Sphere Of Influence

Posted on Wed, Apr 01, 2015 @ 03:48 PM

Unless you are the type of person who is naturally drawn to politics, the world of policy advocacy can seem like an alternate universe. I think this is the case, at least in part, because we view the political world through a television or computer screen. We see this work as something that someone else does, people with more power, skills, or money than we have. We live in a representative democracy. We have folk knowledge about what it means to live in a democracy, but may feel incapable of exacting change because we feel removed and helpless. We are told to vote, that our voice matters. I have wondered if this was true on more than one occasion! We elect representatives that go from a robocall to a ballot box to a screen and from there, where? It is easy to think our voice no longer matters once the person we voted for appears (or does not appear) on my screen. The next layer of frustration can occur when we see our representatives failing to act on social evils and issues important to us, like modern-day human slavery.

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Tags: reflection, community, Modern-day Slavery

Multi-cultural Ministry: Unity in Diversity

Posted on Mon, Jun 09, 2014 @ 04:57 PM

The Native American sits next to the Congolese man to discuss the Pan-African/Swahili group. The Nigerian man greets the Anglo woman while the Myanmar-Burmese man speaks with the  African American woman. The Rwandan and Eritean men take their seats and prepare to meet. This is not the opening of a United Nations session. This is the leadership team at my church in Buffalo N.Y. sitting down together to ask the questions that will guide and shape their ministries.

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Tags: D.Min., cultural literacy, community, church, church growth, biblical worldview, church development, Conference on Ministry, Cultural Intelligence

The Cross and Gendercide: A Theological Response to Global Violence Against Women and Girls

Posted on Wed, Jun 04, 2014 @ 09:13 AM

The Cross and Gendercide: A Theological Response to Global   Violence Against Women and Girls

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Tags: community, Dr. Elizabeth Gerhardt, church's response to violence, The Cross andd Gendercide

Growing Oaks from Seeds

Posted on Tue, Jun 05, 2012 @ 09:50 AM

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Tags: community, equipping model of ministry, missional, youth ministry, teenagers, adolescents, ministry