Brent Peterson (Interim Program Directors)
NNU's Course of Study program (COS) is ministerial training done via an online learning management system (LMS). The modules (courses) are provided by the Clergy Development Office of the USA and Canada Region of the Church of the Nazarene. Each module is produced by a recognized, experienced educator in the Church of the Nazarene. These modules are written for delivery in a classroom setting and have been adapted for presentation online.
Module facilitators are ordained Nazarene ministers serving in Nazarene churches throughout North America. Each instructor holds a minimum of a Master's degree and some have earned doctoral degrees.
The online COS program is open to anyone proficient in English and at least 16 years of age, especially those pursuing ordination in the Church of the Nazarene. For more information, contact the Course of Study Online office at (208) 467-8538.
In order to help all current and future COS students succeed in their work, the following registration policy has been implemented by the Course of Study Program:
- A new student to our program may register or enroll in one (1) COS module/course per session. This allows the student to adjust to online learning, the specific nuances of the course management system, the “rhythms” of our COS modules/courses, and balancing church, study, and work responsibilities.
- A returning student to our program may register or enroll in one (1) or two (2) COS modules/courses per session, as long as prior work in the program has been completed satisfactorily (a minimum GPA of 2.30). Those with a GPA below that threshold will be permitted to enroll in only one (1) COS module/course per session.
- A returning student to our program who has received unsatisfactory grades (a D+ or lower) for three (3) consecutive COS modules/courses may only register or enroll in one (1) COS module/course per session until that student demonstrates adequate ability to succeed in his/her work (i.e., a grade of C+ or above).
- Neither a returning student nor a new student may register or enroll in more than two (2) COS modules/courses per session, as past performance has indicated that students have usually not been successful in their work when enrolled in three or more modules/courses per session.
- If unusual circumstances may call for an exception, and if a reasonable plan that could help a student succeed can be implemented, then such an exception may be requested from the Director of the COS Program. Such a request would need to come from the student and be supported either by the chair or secretary of the student's District Ministerial Studies Board (or Board of Ministry) or by the district superintendent, who would (a) offer some rationale for the request and (b) describe the support that would be provided to assist in the student's successful completion the module/course work. This request (including the district support of that request) would need to be received by the Director of the COS Program at least 48 hours before the close of a session's registration.
Degrees and Certificates
Course of Study (non-degree)
This module is designed to give a multidisciplinary view of the ordination of women in the Church of the Nazarene. Broader biblical, historical and theological issues will be explored, with specific emphasis given to the Wesleyan-Holiness heritage. Practical issues such as power dynamics, the importance of inclusive language, and modeling gender mutuality, as well as the practical aspects of mixed gender pastoral teams, co-pastoring, and family issues for women clergy are also discussed. This module has 20 lessons.