ulticultural Ministries has approached several Nazarene educational institutions to partner with them to provide ministerial preparation initiatives for men and women of the USA/Canada Region. As a result, a number of valuable partnerships have developed. As stated in Nazarene Essentials, “We are committed to Christian education, through which women and men are equipped for lives of Christian service.”
In an effort to serve the Nazarene Hispanic/Latino constituency, Nazarene Bible College (NBC) has developed a Spanish language B.A. program: “The B.A.Min. degree with a Hispanic Pastoral Ministries major is the primary degree offered to persons who wish to prepare for service as a pastor, evangelist, or missionary. Completion of the Hispanic Pastoral Ministries program requirements fulfills educational requirements for ordination as elder in the Church of the Nazarene” (nbc.edu).
Another program from NBC to prepare ministers that God is calling from among the ethnic Nazarene constituency is the Multicultural English Ministry Preparation Program (MPP). The MPP is a non-degree program that exists to prepare men and women for ordination as elders or deacons in the Church of the Nazarene. This program is specifically designed for minorities whose primary language is English.
Olivet Nazarene University offers a Master of Ministry in Spanish. It is completely in Spanish and is designed around for key areas of graduate level ministerial formation: biblical knowledge, theological knowledge, analysis and design of ministerial practices, and personal spiritual development and formation (see graduate.olivet. edu/programs/ministry/master-ministryspanish).
Since its launch, several cohorts have graduated from the program. The graduates are serving in ministry across the USA/Canada Region and in Puerto Rico. Some of them are teaching at their district ministerial training centers.
In the fall of 2015, Nazarene Theological Seminary introduced a Spanish Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) cohort program for the USA/Canada Region. Six students from this cohort completed the last courses of their program in the spring of 2018.
ENTE online, a Spanish ministerial education program using the USA modular curriculum for ordination, was launched in 2015 to assist districts and local churches in the task of training men and women for ministry. ENTE offers two courses each trimester. The instructors are professionally and vocationally qualified ministers dedicated to forming a new generation of Hispanic/Latino pastors and lay leaders to serve the growing Hispanic Nazarene constituency. Over 150 students have enrolled in the program since it began.
There are close to 30 Spanish language district training centers in the USA/Canada region that offer the modular curriculum for the ordination track. Approximately 800 students are preparing for ministry in these centers.
Multicultural Ministries is committed to honoring the commitment of the Church of the Nazarene “to Christian education, through which women and men are equipped for lives of Christian service . . . Christian higher education is a central part of the mission of the Church of the Nazarene” (Nazarene Essentials).