Nazarene Theological Seminary
The Mission of Nazarene Theological Seminary, a graduate school of theology in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, is to prepare women and men to be faithful and effective ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to offer itself as a theological resource in service to the Church of the Nazarene, its sponsoring denomination, and the wider Christian Church. NTS is a missional seminary serving a missional church.
1. Embed an exploration of the implications of neuroscience for the establishment of ministerial identity in the required introductory course, Core Relationships for Christian Ministry. Specifically, a component of the course will include the power of both cognitive and social/affective neuroscience for understanding self-identity and community formation.
2. Explore neuroscience and moral formation in the required course, Christian Ethics.
Specifically, discuss the power of habits/habit-making and how neuroscience insights into brain plasticity and emergent causation can help reshape old presumptions and attitudes that inform the way we formulate and implement ethical norms.
3. Develop an additional case study examining discipleship and Christian formation through the lens of social neuroscience for the senior capstone course, Senior Integrative Seminar. This exercise provides students the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to integrate knowledge of the field of neuroscience into their practice of ministry leadership.
4. Host a forum on changing minds and neuroscience for students, faculty, and religious leaders in the Kansas City area. The forum will explore how neuroscience can inform the teaching / learning experience in both formal classrooms and discipleship settings.
5. Host a lecture and forum on neuroscience and youth ministry in partnership with Youthfront of Kansas City. This event will target Kansas City seminary students, youth workers, and Nazarene pastors and lay leaders in an effort to emphasize the importance of science in seminary curriculum.