Teaching/Learning Values

 

  • NTS West intends to be “innovative” (teaching traditional and emerging material in new ways) and “collaborative” (partnering with other institutions to the benefit of our students).

 

  • The NTS West teaching/learning environment is collegial and collaborative as we form a community in which teachers and students learn together.  Our faculty work collaboratively with one another and believe that students are often our best teachers.

 

  • Our faculty are people of faith, scholar-practitioners as well as wise mentors.

 

  • Our educational methodology favors active over passive learning, praxis/reflection over transmission, with inductive/experiential rather than deductive/theoretical starting points.

 

  • NTS West understands the ministry context as the basic laboratory for developing pastoral identity, allowing learning to emerge from theological reflection in real-life contexts.

 

  • Congregations and ministry sites, along with classrooms, are contexts for learning.

 

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