Sacred Sorrow ( serves as an ongoing collection of lament resources that can be utilized by individuals and churches for the faithful practice of lament. Developed by Dr. John W. Nielson, this website will seek to organize a variety of lament resources in ways that will be accessible and expandable. Resources include bibliographies, sermons, music, litanies, and links to a variety of seminars, videos, and articles. For more information about the Sacred Sorrow resource, or to submit resources, please contact John Nielson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the Sacred Sorrow site and click on “Contact Us.” Note: There is also a companion Facebook group called “The Sympathizing Tear.”
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Opioid Addiction is soaring in many parts of our country. Here are some practical helps for the pastor and church who want to respond.
JR Forasteros and Tim Basselin hosted a CPL webinar on Lament in February 2017. Below are some additional resources for pastoral ministry.
Rev. Matt Rundio recently presented a webinar on ‘The Missional Shape of Corporate Worship.’ His PowerPoint can be accessed here: (Power Point). A detailed worship order is also available here: (Worship Order).
Congratulations to NTS student Jason Phelps who is this year’s recipient of the Tom Nees Social Justice Award. Jason’s full paper, entitled ‘Understanding the Wealth & Poverty Gap: A Peek through the Lens of Jubilee-Sabbath,’ can be read here.
The Nazarene Clergy Development Office makes a booklet available on their website for those who feel called to ministry. It is entitled Handbook for Christian Ministries Called to Ministry: A Journey of Service. This is a helpful resource to orient you to the process leading to ordination, including educational requirements. NTS is able and ready to help with those educational needs in particular as you embark on this exciting journey. Contact our recruiting or Registrar's office today at 816-268-5400 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Access the booklet here!
Chaplain Randall Turner, a DMin student at NTS, offers his Pastoral Research Project as a resource to clergy interested in learning more about how to engage their whole church community in care for the dying.
Don Walter, Director of the Nazarene Church’s Pensions and Benefits Office, recently presented a devotional that reflects on our presidential election, our current cultural challenges in the US and how we should respond as believers.
In our recent webinar on Developing a Meaningful Sabbatical, Professor Doug Hardy interviewed three pastors in regards to their experiences within their context pertaining to sabbaticals. Check out the additional resources they offer below.
Dr. Tom Nees recently joined Dr. Jess Middendorf for a CPL webinar on Mentoring and Coaching in the Church and Beyond. Attached are several resources that Dr. Nees mentioned in the course of the webinar.
As the facilitator of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing and charged by the Department of Justice with monitoring the implementation of the Task Force recommendations, I am often asked what faith-based organizations can do to broker reconciliation and collaboration between communities and police. This is particularly relevant in light of recent events where law enforcement officers have been involved in shootings of people of color and the subsequent retaliation directed toward police. We are preparing a publication for the Department of Justice on what faith-based organizations can do beyond the call for prayer and reflection. There are things you can do today and as a graduate of NTS (Class of 74), I urge you to take steps to be brokers of peace and reconciliation.
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