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Capstone, Milestone, and Concrete Ministry—The Culmination of a Master of Divinity Degree

Posted by Northeastern Seminary on Aug 1, 2016 11:00:00 AM

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Topics: M.Div., ministry, why seminary

Vulnerability Re-Imagined

Posted by Michael Brown on Nov 4, 2015 12:00:00 PM

The truth is, we are all deeply vulnerable down to the core of our beings. We may be strong, yet not as strong as someone else. We may be intelligent, but awkward with our hands. We may be lonely, anxious, over weight, or not as good looking as some others. We must all come to a place of acknowledging our vulnerability, and the awkwardness we feel in the presence of others and of God. But the challenge of ubiquitous human vulnerability can be turned to hope for the future of our society if we as Christians are willing to live into this particular truth of our shared humanity. Our very differences and imperfections have potential to bind us together, through hospitality, in God’s kingdom as agents of God’s loving grace.

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Topics: disability awareness in ministry, equipping for ministry, ministry

Cultivating Ministries that Learn From Individuals Living with Disabilities

Posted by Barbara Isaman-Bushart on Oct 28, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Living with a disability is a reality for nearly 20 percent of the American population, affecting two of every seven families, and though eight of 10 people with disabilities state that they consider faith to be an important part of their lives, they also report they are very unlikely to attend religious services

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Topics: disability awareness in ministry, equipping for ministry, seminary alumni, ministry

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

Posted by Ashley Henry on Apr 14, 2015 10:37:23 AM

bare_feet_imageSadly, 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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Topics: community, ministry, compassion

Sabbath-Keeping: Practicing Openness

Posted by Maria Rambuski on Dec 21, 2014 1:42:00 PM

“You don’t have to try so hard. You don’t have to bend until you break.” I hear these words through my car radio and they fill my soul. Colbie Caillat’s song “Try” is not a theological treatise by any means, but it sure is insightful!

Trying describes today’s teens. As I work in a youth group setting I see first-hand how they try. They are trying to: get good grades, earn money, make friends, beat records, get scholarships, help their family, get a car, and even to escape pain. They’re busy. They’re following the adult model. We all want the best. We all want to be the best. We will pay great prices to get and be the best.

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Topics: interacting with God, reflection, ministry, sabbath-keeping

Sabbath-Keeping: So We Can Look For God

Posted by Maria Rambuski on Dec 14, 2014 1:30:00 PM

Last year I traveled to Peru to talk with some Free Methodist pastors about the importance of self-care in ministry. One of the highlights of that trip for me was a small group time where we talked about taking a Sabbath rest each week. Most of the pastors in the group were bi-vocational, and poured themselves into their ministry whenever they had the opportunity. The idea of taking a rest each week, while acknowledged as imSlide1portant, was also experienced as a real challenge.

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Topics: interacting with God, reflection, ministry, sabbath-keeping

The Writer's Calling: A Seminary Student's Reflections

Posted by Maria Rambuski on Oct 20, 2014 4:22:00 PM

book_image_Jae_NewmanWhat convictions has God planted deep within your heart this semester, this month, this year,  or the past decade? Northeastern Seminary student, Jae Newman (MAT) reflects on his journey of discovering, writing, and the role of seminary.    

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Topics: seminary education, non-traditional seminary, personal formation, reflection, ministry, poetry, theological education, spiritual gifts

Growing Oaks from Seeds

Posted by Sarah Champignon on Jun 5, 2012 9:50:00 AM
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Topics: ministry, equipping model of ministry, missional, youth ministry, community, teenagers, adolescents

Choosing a Good Ministry Placement

Posted by Sarah Champignon on May 29, 2012 3:00:00 PM

A guest post by Nelson Grimm, director of field education and associate professor of applied theology

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Topics: field education, Dr. Nelson Grimm, ministry, clergy, person in ministry, equipping for ministry, call to ministry

Beyond Disability Awareness: 4 Ways to Equip Your Church to Serve

Posted by Sarah Champignon on Mar 1, 2012 11:25:00 AM

A post by guest blogger, Barbara Bushart, MDIV, MSW, adjunct professor at Northeastern Seminary. 

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Topics: ministry, people with disabilities, disability awareness in ministry, equipping for ministry

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