Theology department adds option

By Hannah Rowen

Non-Nazarene ministry majors can now explore options beyond the Nazarene church.

The School of Theology and Christian Ministry has made a change in classes offered this semester.

Christian Institutions, or THEO 473, is now an option for non-Nazarene ministry students to take in place of History, Mission, and Polity of the Church of the Nazarene.

Before this change, all students on a ministry track had to take the classes required for ordination in the Church of the Nazarene.

Now non-Nazarene students will have the tools necessary to minister in their own denomination, and will no longer be required to take the class that focuses on Nazarene doctrine.

In the past the Christian Institutions class was offered, but students still had to take Nazarene-focused classes, according to Carl Leth, dean of the School of Theology and Christian Ministry

Leth hopes the change will help “provide a more productive learning experience for non-Nazarene students.”

Many students are excited about the change.

“It’s cool that the School of Theology and Christian Ministry is crossing denominational boundaries and teaching students classes other than that of the Nazarene denomination,” said senior Desmond Handson, anon-Nazarene ministry student.

Even Nazarene students are happy about the change.

“It is great that a variety of classes are being offered,” said junior Tyler Hubbell.

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