Mount Vernon Nazarene University: Life Changing

Pastors and leaders gather at MVNU to address key strategies for educational region

October 29, 2012

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio -- Pastors and district superintendents from across the Mount Vernon Nazarene University educational region gathered with the MVNU School of Theology and Philosophy faculty and representatives from the Church of the Nazarene's Global Ministry Center on October 15 and 16 to address five key strategic priorities for the USA/Canada region. The event was designed to allow each of these Nazarene leaders to explore opportunities for partnership and collaboration.

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The five key strategies were developed under the direction of Bob Broadbooks, USA/Canada Regional Director, after extensive discussions with district superintendents, pastors, and faculty from each of the Nazarene colleges and universities. The strategies include: Intentional Leadership Development, Vibrant Church Renewal, Clear and Coherent Theological Identity, Passionate Missional Outreach, and Multi-faceted New Church Development.

"I am greatly encouraged by this opportunity to discuss these strategic priorities in collaboration with so many church leaders from across the MVNU educational region," said Dr. Henry Spaulding, MVNU's Provost and Interim President. "A significant aspect of MVNU's unique mission is to be a partner and resource for every church, pastor, and leader on our region."

Sessions were built around each of the five strategies and included a brief presentation followed by dialogue and discussion in small group formats. Presentations were led by Dr. Daniel Copp, Global Clergy Development Director; Bill Wiesman, Evangelism Ministries Director; Roberto Hodgson, Multicultural Ministries Director; and Jay Height, Nazarene Compassionate Ministry consultant. Dr. Eugenio Duarte, General Superintendent, was also an active participant and closed the gathering by challenging attendees to dream big. "I don't know why we have to make sense of everything in the Kingdom of God," said Duarte. "God does not always ask for understanding. Often, he simply asks for obedience."

"I believe this is just the start of something significant," said Rev. Mike Williams, Director of Church Relations at MVNU. "I hope each region will take a close look at how churches and districts can partner with their regional school to address these strategic priorities."

For more information about this event, please contact Rev. Williams at

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students and working adults. With a 400-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,600 students from 26 states and seven countries/U.S. territories.

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