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

September 11 - 15, 2017

The Art of Forgiveness - Joe Bankard
This class is designed to answer three basic questions.  First, what is forgiveness?  Without a clear definition of forgiveness it is near impossible to actually practice forgiveness.  Second, what are some common misconeptions surrounding forgiveness?  Often, forgiveness gets mistaken for mercy or reconciliation.  This course will help correct some of these common misconceptions.  Finally, this course will give practical tips for learning how to forgive more consistently and effectively. Many of us want to forgive, but simply don't know how.  This course will offer some very practical steps for moving through the process of forgiveness. 

Evil, Love and, Providence - Tom Oord
Most people wonder how God acts in the world.  Most think God is loving and powerful.  And yet evil occurs.  Is God to blame for causing or allowing evil?  Thomas Jay Oord explores God's providence using ideas from his award-winning book, The Uncontrolling Love of God

November 13-17, 2017

Resilience in Ministry - Joe Gorman
This class will help you be more resilient to the setbacks, failures, and challenges of ministry. defines resilience as "the ability to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions... the ability to recoil or spring back into shape after bending, stretching, or being compressed."  Those of us in ministry often experience chronic stress, burnout, and even depression, but have no one to journey with us.  This class will provide you the opportunity to meet fellow-journeyers in ministry as well as learn important practices of resilience that will sustain you in life and ministry.  Some of the practices we will look at include: adopting a Sabbath way of life, managing stress and burnout, engaging in play and hobbies, getting adequate sleep and regular exercise, and eating healthier. 

Church Board Development & Church Finance - Stephen Borger
An overview of principles, procedures and best practices relating to the leadership and development of the local church board. The course will explore ways to create functionally effective church boards and the personal development of board members. The goal is that every church board will fulfill its fiduciary responsibility and give spiritual leadership.

El Libro de Los Doce: Mensajes Mayores de Los Profetas Menores - Randy Bynum
En este curso, vamos a explorar algunos libros y pasajes no tan conocidos del “Libro de Los Doce” (Los Profetas Menores), descubriendo mensajes relevantes para nuestros tiempos y nuestras congregaciones. (Class content and professor interaction will be in Spanish)