A Ministry of the School of Theology and Christian Ministry—Olivet Nazarene University

Educational Opportunities

Educational Opportunities

Theology and Christian ministry stand at the very heart of Olivet’s heritage since the university’s founding one hundred years ago. Today Olivet offers a rich range of options for graduate education in religion, with twelve master’s degree programs and several specialized tracks for specific audiences.

Committed to the Church

The School of Theology and Christian Ministry is committed to the mission of the church. The university comes under the umbrella of the Church of the Nazarene and aims to serve the needs for theological education in the Nazarene denomination. The School of Theology and Christian Ministry, however, is also committed to serving the needs of students in other Wesleyan and Holiness traditions, in the larger Evangelical community, and indeed in the Christian church in its variety and richness. Students searching for an education that provides options in the study of the Bible, in the study of the theological heritage of the church, in the study of practical ministry, or in a combination of these will find studying the School of Theology and Christian Ministry at Olivet a rich experience.

Scholarly Excellence

The professors in the School of Theology and Christian Ministry are committed to excellence in education and to the standards of the academy. Each member of the School’s graduate faculty is committed to scholarship, publication, and the highest level of reasoned discourse in religion. And each faculty member strives for excellence in teaching. In addition, nearly all the School’s faculty members have experience in practical ministry, and the faculty in the ministry disciplines have a particularly extensive record of successful and reflective ministry.


January 2014 Module Courses

We invite you to join us for one of our January module courses on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University. These courses are available to audit for $100 (or only $50 with the recommendation of your district superintendent). The following courses will be offered the week of January 13th – 17th, 2014:

(Please click here to access the registration form)  

BLIT 630 – Advanced Topics in Biblical Studies: 1 & 2 Peter and Jude

Instructor: Dr. Dan Powers, Nazarene Bible College

This course is an intensive seminar focusing upon a study of the exegesis, theology, and homiletical value of 1 and 2 Peter. It involves pre-session readings and assignments, dialogue and assignments during the class sessions, and a post-session written research project.

CHED 631– Ministry to the Family

Instructor: Dr. Leon Blanchette, Olivet Nazarene University

This course will focus on the relationship between spirituality and the family. We will pay special attention to the role of parents in the spiritual development of the family, as well as discover family dynamics that foster spiritually healthy families. Our goal is to develop the students’ ability to provide effective ministry to families in the local church.

CMIN 631 – Life Management & Personal Renewal

Instructor: Dr. Michael Benson, Deeper Life Ministries 

This course explores the significance of spiritual development and personal renewal in the life of a leader, with attention to practice and implementation as well as strategies for modeling and teaching healthy patterns as leaders.

CMIN 682 – Topics in Urban Ministry: Resource Development for Ministry

Instructor: Rev. Jay Height, Shepherd Community Center

This course will focus on developing what you need to do the work of compassion. We will explore how to raise funds, develop people, and engage volunteers.