Lifelong Learning for Ministers

Because Lifelong Learning shouldn't be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Enhance your life and ministry with Northwest Nazarene University's low cost, fully online catalog of continuing education courses and fulfill your denomination's lifelong learning requirements.  

You are dedicated to improving your ministry.  And we're committed to your leadership growth.  Taught by NNU's gifted faculty and leading-edge practitioners in the field, our easy-to-navigate online courses feature a fresh design that is also mobile-friendly for those on the go.

Explore our expanding catalog of ministry courses: each one carrying ten lifelong learning units (1.0 CEU) for just $29 per course.  Expand your biblical and theological knowledge.  Enhance your ministry skills.  Log in at whatever time of day works for you using your desktop, tablet, laptop, or smartphone.  Do it all in a week, just a couple of hours per day.  All content is imbedded in each course, with no textbooks required.  Courses are limited to 15 adults to maximize interactive learning.

Courses are intended for continuing education and are not designed to satisfy requirements for ordination in the Church of the Nazarene.  For more information or to register for a course, please contact Stacey Bullard at

Upcoming Lifelong Learning Courses at NNU

January 6-9, 2016

  • Navigating Logos & Biblical Texts, Dr. Richard Thompson
    This course explores some upcoming lectionary texts in the liturgical calendar by utilizing some of the great features of Logos software.  Students must already own a version of Logos (version 5.0 or higher) and invest ten hours in imbedded course content, discussions, and in Logos itself.  

January 18-22, 2016

  • The Psalms for Life: A Wesleyan Way, Dr. Stephen Riley
    Many people will recognize "The Lord is my shepherd...." as the first line of Psalm 23.  However, less people are acquainted with the rest of the 150 prayers of ancient Isreal and the richness of their reflections on all matters of life.  This course will offer the opportunity to engage with the full variety of psalms and think about how their form and content can help us in our own spiritual journey as well as out practice of ministry.  
  • Soul-Care for Leaders, Dr. Joe Gorman
    This course explores the various personal and spiritual issues that confront Christian leaders in ministry.  Topics include strategies for managing stress and burnout, sexuality and ministry, and re-imaging success in ministry.  

February 29-March 4, 2016

  • The Goal of Youth Ministry, Dr. Michael Kipp
    ​What is the purpose of ministry to and with young persons? What exactly does the Church hope to accomplish? In this course we will explore a biblical and theological purpose for ministry that will set the trajectory for youth ministry to stem the tide of young people leaving the Church (40-60%) after high school graduation.  
  • Navigating Evangelism, Rev. Bob Luhn
    Designed for anyone who is open to a more relational, more conversational approach to evenagelism in contraxt to the presentational styles of evangelism most often used in the past century. Jesus promised that we would be His witnesses to those close to us as well as those far, far away.  and yet, evangelism is more often talked about than done; more often criticized than welcomed; and more often feared than enjoyed.  Participants will be exposed to methods and activities that show promise for sharing the good news of christ with inhabitants of the 21st century.

June 6-10, 2016

  • The Essence & Practice of Servant Leadership, Dr. Ed Robinson
    An exploration of the nature and practice of servant leadership in the context of pastoral ministry and organizational leadership.  The course will analyze a range of leadership perspectives as they related to the Jesus imperative to his disciples, "...the greatest among you should be the least, and the one who rules like the one who serves." Applied topics include nurturning "servant-oriented" organizational culture, leading in a servant organization, developing other servant leaders, and evaluating servant leadership. 
  • Discovering Holiness, Dr. Diane Leclerc
    This course will provide the opportunity to review the tenants of a theology of holiness and sanctification, as well as explore some key areas of confusion that can still linger when presenting and preaching the doctrine today.  Attention will be given particularly in how to communicate the theology to laity.