The purpose of The Center for Theology, Spirituality, and Ministry is to create connection among a community of scholars (both faculty and students) in virtual residence at Northwind Seminary, who seek support in their calling to learn and grow, preach and teach, write and publish, and minister in church and community.
Northwind’s pedagogy features video lectures and Oxford-style one-on-one tutorials via Zoom for individual students who study in their own time and place, and at their own pace.
Romantic Theology—the legacy of the Oxford Inklings in the 1930-40’s—focuses on creative imagination and narrative theology as expressed by C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, Owen Barfield, and other writers in their literary circle. Those who want to formally study the writings of the Inklings or contribute to the future of Romantic theology should apply to this program.
Listen to an audio profile of the RT Program featuring Dr. Christensen and Dr. Charlie Starr
Spiritual Formation is the formation of the heart or deepest self, requiring both a ‘baptized imagination’ and an enlightened mind. This program focuses on Henri Nouwen's distinctive approach to spiritual direction, formation, and discernment. Students who want to study the writings of Nouwen and his sources should apply to this program.
Professor of Theology & Spiritual Formation
“What the world needs now is Romantic theology of head, heart, and hand. I find a sweet nexus of joy at the intersection of theology, spirituality and ministry in service to what we call ‘the neXt church of the new Reformation.'”
Faith-Based Community Development is one of the many practical applications of spiritual formation and Romantic theology, and as such, is included in the program offerings of the Center for Theology, Spirituality, and Ministry. Students who want to equip themselves with practical tools for community development ministry, or train others in neighborhood revitalization, should apply to this program.
:Distinguished Lecturers include
Owen A. Barfield
Brenton Dickieson, PhD
Rev. Malcolm Guite, PhD
Diana Pavlac Glyer, PhD
Suzanne Bray, PhD
Sorina Higgins, PhD
Andrew Lazo, MA
Lou Markos, PhD
Rt. Rev. Seraphim Sigrist
Michael Ward, PhD