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Local Pastor

Northwind Seminary's Local Pastor Degree  Completion program is designed for United Methodist or Nazarene Pastors who have completed their Local Pastor Course of Study

Northwind Seminary's Master's Degree Completion program is designed for working adults engaged in Ministry.

Our students take one course at a time and study at their own pace completing courses in as little as 30 days and a maximum of 120 days.


NTS Master Degree Completion students can bring up to 6 credits of previous coursework and Ministry, business, & military experience. 

Students with less than 6 credits of coursework or experience take courses from Northwind Institute that transfer to Northwind Seminary.

COURSE of STUDY - 30 Credits

3 credits - Ordination or Commission

3 credits - Ministry Experience

NORTHWIND INSTITUTE6 credits - Pastoral Ministry Seminar



6 credits - Capstone Research Methods

6 credits - Capstone Research Course

6 credits - Capstone Paper Course


Faculty Mentor:

Dr. Robert J. Duncan, Jr.
President and Professor of Leadership & Specialized Ministry


The Faculty Mentor facilitates scheduled video conversations and participates in the portfolio preparation and examination.


Students journey through a series of research milestones to generate the final Capstone Project that addresses a Need or Opportunity in their ministry context.


Students set their own schedule and proceed at their own pace. Each 3-credit course can be completed within 30 to 90 days. Each 6-credit course can be completed in 60-120 days.

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