Ministerial Standing is a formative process that encourages the highest possible standards in students who plan to enter vocational ministry. This process seeks to be developmental and holistic by recognizing personal growth in students over time rather than merely applying a fixed uniform standard. Prior to achieving ministerial standing, students are considered to be in ministry observation and exploration. Ministerial standing is mandatory for admission to the program of ministry preparation, with assessments in the areas of academic excellence, personal initiative, leadership, spiritual formation, and the ability to integrate academic learning into one's own local ministry context.
Students are eligible to apply for ministerial standing in the spring semester of their sophomore year, and every year thereafter. Students who are nearing the end of their studies are interviewed in their second to the last semester, which is the fall semester for most students.
The achievement of ministerial standing involves an annual application process; the submission of critical assignments in ministerial training; character references from pastors, peers, NNU faculty and student development representatives; and an annual interview with a faculty team from NNU's School of Theology & Christian Ministries. Students who do not qualify for ministerial standing will be given clear feedback and will be encouraged to reapply the following year.
Ministerial standing must be achieved in order to meet ordination requirements in the Church of the Nazarene and graduate with a major from the School of Theology and Christian Ministries. Students who do not achieve ministerial standing but who meet all other degree requirements may receive an NNU degree but not necessarily one from NNU's School of Theology & Christian Ministries.
NNU's ministerial standing program seeks to bring the best out in our students. Additionally, ministerial standing will be strongly considered when awarding religion department scholarships and also when making recommendations to local churches, district superintendents, and graduate schools.