Un esfuerzo de colaboración de los distritos de Texas y Oklahoma Iglesia del Nazareno.
A Collaborative Effort of Church of the Nazarene districts in Texas and Oklahoma.
Peniel School of Ministry exists to prepare both clergy and laity to be used of God in “holy Christian fellowship, the conversion of sinners, the entire sanctification of believers, their upbuilding in holiness, and the simplicity and spiritual power manifest in the primitive New Testament church, together with the preaching of the gospel to every creature.”
CORE VALUES... "the generation that seeks your face, O God of Jacob" Psalm 24:6
Peniel School of Ministry...
The Peniel School of Ministry was birthed January 14, 2015, at Northside Church of the Nazarene in Fort Worth. Fourteen representatives of the West Texas, Dallas, South Texas, and Texas-Oklahoma Latin Districts approved the joint venture to launch a program of 24 courses that allows students to satisfy educational requirements for ordination in the Church of the Nazarene in as little as 3 years.
Peniel, which means "face of God," is significant in biblical history and Holiness movement history.
Peniel School of Ministry director Keith Megehee said, "We see a culture of broken people all around us. I believe God is calling Peniel at a strategic time to train leaders for a 'generation that seeks your face, O God of Jacob.' (Psalm 24:6)"
Courses will be offered initially at host church Crossroads Tabernacle in Fort Worth, with remote classrooms set up across Texas and Oklahoma. Peniel's relationship with the Alliance Program of Nazarene Bible College will make it possible for students to receive full collegiate credit. A course rotation in Spanish is being developed that will be similar to the course rotation in English, which is provided below (Una rotación de los cursos en español se está desarrollando, y será similar a la rotación de los cursos en Inglés, que se proporciona a continuación):
Old Testament Survey
The Practice of Christian Ministry
New Testament Survey
English Composition I
Western World to Medieval Age
Global Evangelism or NT Gospels
Christian Preaching I
Western World to Modern Age
Doctrine of Holiness
Intro Christian Education
The Practice of Christian Ministry
Philosophy & Christian Ethics
OT Hebrew Prophets
Old Testament Survey
English Composition I
NT Gospels or Pauline Epistles
Systematic Theology I
New Testament Survey
Christian Preaching II
Systematic Theology II
Doctrine of Holiness
Developing a Missional Church
When are classes offered?
Peniel's baseline 24-course sequence is designed to meet educational requirements for ordination in the Church of the Nazarene for districts that have approved an Alliance with Nazarene Bible College. Additional courses are expected to be offered to enhance the minister's preparation and lifelong learning. CLICK HERE to see how Peniel's classes correspond to NBC and the Modular Course of Study track that students have also utilized for ministry preparation.
BIB 1013 Introduction to the Old Testament
BIB 1023 Introduction to the New Testament
BIB 1033 Biblical Interpretation (prerequisites: BIB 1013 or BIB 1023, ENG 1013)
BIB 2013 Pentateuch (prerequisites: BIB 1013 and BIB 1033)
BIB 2033 New Testament Gospels (prerequisites: BIB 1023 and BIB 1033)
BIB 2053 Pauline Epistles (prerequisites: BIB 1023 and BIB 1033)
BIB 3013 Hebrew Prophets (prerequisites: BIB 1013 and BIB 1033)
CEM 1003 Introduction to Christian Educational Ministries
ENG 1013 English Composition I
HIS 2013 Western World in Ancient & Medieval Times
HIS 2023 Western World & the Emerging Society
OTR 2013 Global Evangelism
OTR 4013 Developing a Missional Church
PHI 4013 Philosophy & Christian Ethics
Tuition - $150/class
Early Registration - $140/class
Late Registration - $175/class – A student must register within the first week of the beginning of the class.
Payment of the tuition is expected at the time of application.
Payments can be mailed to Peniel School of Ministry – 1470 Morrison Drive Fort Worth, Texas 761112 or can be made online during the registration process. Payments will not be accepted by professors in the classroom.
Students are expected to purchase their own textbooks in advance of the class. Additional expenses may include travel, food, and lodging. District Ministerial Boards of Education may provide students scholarship assistance.
Tuition Reimbursement of $70 is given when registrar is notified of intent to drop prior to second class session. After that time, no refunds will be given.
Classes are offered on a trimester system. Rotating classes allow students who take two courses a trimester to meet all prerequisites and to complete the course of study in 3 years. Individual courses are offered weeknights, weekends or in summer intensives for the benefit of working students. Classes are offered simultaneously in remote locations to provide a rich opportunity to develop mentoring and collegial relationships wherever a student serves.
How will I be evaluated?
The grading scale is derived from Nazarene Bible College policy and appears in each course syllabus. The syllabus also specifies the format of the student portfolio, containing all the student's coursework, that must be submitted at course end for credit. Grades will be issued to the student and the appropriate district ministerial studies board by PSM after all assignments have been graded.
A student may opt for pass-fail grade only if his or her the district ministerial board of education has notified the director in writing that it will accept pass-fail grades and only if the student makes request for a pass-fail grade to the director in writing prior to the second class session.
A student may submit a written request for the grade "I" (incomplete) when unforeseeable, catastrophic circumstances have prevented the completion of all coursework. This must be communicated in writing to the professor and director before the final due date of class materials, On the approval of the professor and director, the student may receive one extension up to two weeks. If the student fails to submit all course work by the agreed extension deadline, the student will receive a failing mark for the class.
Can I get College credit for a course?
Peniel School of Ministry is affiliated with Nazarene Bible College (nbc.edu) through the Alliance for Ministry Education. Students who are accepted at NBC and who satisfactorily complete Peniel courses may submit their course portfolios to NBC. The portfolio evaluation process allows a student to earn up to 72 hours of 120-128 credit hours needed to earn a BA at NBC. For information about portfolio evaluation and posting fees or admission requirements, contact Cheryl Graves, director for the Alliance for Ministry Education (firstname.lastname@example.org).
What are the Attendance requirements?
Peniel functions under a "no absence" attendance expectation. Students should have the same expectation of class attendance that they have of being present at Sunday services in which they have platform responsibility.
Peniel instructors keep roll and record the number of class absences, including absences for part of a class meeting. A student is absent when he or she is not physically present in a Peniel-approved classroom during the scheduled meeting time of the class. Viewing a recorded session does not count as being present but is an expectation of students who miss a class.
Minimum student attendance requirements are an accreditation standard and are not negotiable. There is no official distinction between excused and unexcused absences in these standards. A grade of "F" will be assigned to any student misses more than 30% of scheduled class time.
In the case of conflicts with important events on a district or inclement weather that closes schools at a remote classroom site, the instructor may provide for makeup class sessions. If a class is cancelled, the instructor will reschedule it.
How much time will I need to invest?
The Sourcebook on Ordination (Church of the Nazarene, USA version) paragraph 437.2 advises, “The course of study is a significant educational experience. Each course of study curriculum, however it is delivered, must be equivalent to three years of full-time, college-level study. It will take time and effort to complete.” The guideline for each course at Peniel is a minimum of 107.5 hours of engaged student learning, including time spent in and out of class. Students should consider classwork a life priority in preparation for ministry and ordination.
How do I withdraw from a class?
A student may withdraw from a class by discussing the issue with the professor and notifying the registrar of intent to drop the class by filling out the withdrawal form.
CLICK HERE for the withdrawal form. If a student withdraws from a class prior to the second class session, $70 of the tuition will be refunded. If a student registers for credit in a course and then opts to audit the course prior to the second class session, $70 of the tuition will be refunded. No other tuition or late registration fees will be refunded. After the first session, no tuition or late registration fee will be refunded.
A student may withdraw from a course before the second half of the scheduled class sessions (i.e., before the sixth session of a class that meets for eleven sessions) by submitting a completed DROP/ADD form to the registrar. The student who drops the class before the mid-point will receive no grade for the class.
A student may change from credit status to audit status for a course before the second half of the scheduled class sessions by submitting a completed DROP/ADD form to the registrar. That student will receive a grade of “AU” for the course. No ordination credit is provided for “AU” grades.
A student registered for course credit who does not officially withdraw or change to audit status will receive a letter grade for the course.
Can I audit a class?
The cost to audit a class will be $75. A student who is registered for course credit may opt to audit the class prior to the halfway point of the class by notifying the director in writing. No tuition refunds will be given after the beginning of the second class session. No credit toward ordination will be granted for auditing a course.
Can I receive an extension?
In general, NO. A student may submit a written request for the grade "I" (incomplete) when unforeseeable, catastrophic circumstances have prevented the completion of all coursework. This must be communicated in writing to the professor and director before the final due date of class materials, On the approval of the professor and director, the student may receive one extension up to two weeks. If the student fails to submit all course work by the agreed extension deadline, the student will receive a failing mark for the class.
WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS FOR STUDY AWAY FROM A HOST CLASSROOM?
The Peniel School of Ministry educational model is incarnational and depends on mentoring and collegial relationships to engage students in ministry. The overarching philosophy is that the objectives of our mission are best accomplished in the classroom. Technology now permits students in multiple remote locations to experience learning simultaneously through connections to a host classroom. In remote classrooms, relationships among students may be even more important than in the host classroom. Peniel expects students to avail themselves of the classrooms provided.
MIMIMUM IN-CLASSROOM COURSE COMPLETION. Peniel acknowledges that circumstances such as work schedule may necessitate that a student connect on an individual basis to a class from an alternative location. If the host class can accommodate individual student connections (i.e., software and bandwidth in the host site are sufficient), students may connect on an individual basis for up to a third of their courses. At least 16 of the 24 ordination-track classes a Peniel student completes must be in a district-approved remote or host classroom.
ISOLATED STUDENTS. In extenuating circumstances that geographically isolate a new student from other students (a student must travel more than ~90 minutes to a classroom), the director may grant an exception to the requirement of 16 in-classroom courses upon initial enrollment. Changes to this status (an established student moves or new students enroll in a formerly-isolated location) will be addressed by the director.
In the event that it serves the interest of Peniel and/or a host church (only one student registers for a location, for example), Peniel may designate an alternate location (a home or work office, for example) as an approved classroom. In that case, the student would not be considered as connecting to the class on an individual basis.
RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT CLASSES. The learning outcomes of particular courses (for example, Preaching I) are best met in single-location live classrooms. The director may schedule up to 4 of the 24 ordination-track courses in live-only classrooms, without remote connections. Residency-required classes will be offered in multiple locations and in intensive scheduling formats to maximize availability to students.
The primary live teaching location as we start will be at Crossroads Tabernacle in Fort Worth.
The classes taught here will be accessible from several satellite locations throughout the South Central Region.
LET'S TALK ABOUT IT
Get started on the path to preparation for ministry. Contact us for more information on how we can help you begin your journey.
Peniel School of Ministry in Alliance with Nazarene Bible College
1470 Morrison Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76112
Rev. Keith Megehee
Mrs. Judy Fraustro
West Texas Ministerial Education:
Rev. Mark Ramsey