The Global System of Nazarene Higher Education

Oct 5, 2010 | Blog


Recently I shared a brief overview of the global system of Nazarene higher education. The group appeared surprised at the scope of institutions served by the Church of the Nazarene. They thanked me for outlining for them the work of the International Board of Education, Church of the Nazarene.

Since I was on the campuses in August and September of two of these schools-Nazarene College of Nursing in Washim, India and the Nazarene Seminary in Haiti, I thought that this would be an appropriate occasion to not only share some photos of these two institutions but also the International Board of Education categories in which each of the 54 Church of the Nazarene college, university or seminary is located.

I wish you could join me as I travel to these institutions. I am blessed beyond measure by the depth and breath of national leadership on each campus.

The Church of the Nazarene is blessed with a worldwide network of education. Many of these institutions serve as hubs from which extension programs of ministerial education are offered at various academic levels and through multiple systems of delivery.  The education providers are classified into six categories.


 Graduate Seminaries and Theological Colleges

  • Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary, Manila, Philippines
  • Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
  • Nazarene Theological College, Manchester, England
  • Nazarene Theological College, Queensland, Australia
  • Seminario Nazareno de las Américas, San José, Costa Rica

Liberal Arts Universities and Colleges with Graduate Programs

  • Africa Nazarene University, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Caribbean Nazarene College, Santa Cruz, Trinidad
  • Eastern Nazarene College, Quincy, Massachusetts, USA
  • Korea Nazarene University, Seoul, Korea
  • MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe, Kansas, USA
  • Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Mount Vernon, Ohio, USA
  • Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, Idaho, USA
  • Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Illinois, USA
  • Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, California, USA
  • Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, Oklahoma, USA
  • Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Undergraduate Liberal Arts Colleges

  • Ambrose University College, Alberta, Canada
  • Brazil Nazarene College, Campinas, Brazil

 Undergraduate Seminaries and Theological Colleges

  • European Nazarene College, Busingen, Switzerland
  • Indonesia Nazarene Theological College, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Japan Nazarene Theological Seminary, Tokyo, Japan
  • Luzon Nazarene Bible College, Baguio City, Philippines
  • Melanesia Nazarene Bible College, Mt. Hagen, Papua New Guinea
  • Nazarene Bible College, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
  • Nazarene College of Theology, Siteki, Swaziland
  • Nazarene Theological College, Honeydew, South Africa
  • Seminario Biblico Nazareno, Santiago, Chile
  • Seminario Nazareno del Area Central, La Paz, Bolivia
  • Seminario Nazareno Dominicano, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Seminario Nazareno Mexicano, México
  • Seminario Teológico Nazareno, Chiclayo, Peru
  • Seminario Teológico Nazareno Cubano, Ciudad Habana, Cuba
  • Seminario Teológico Nazareno de Guatemala, Guatemala
  • Seminario Teológico Nazareno del Cono Sur, Pilar, Argentina
  • Seminario Teológico Nazareno Do Brasil, Campinas, Brazil
  • Seminario Teológico Nazareno Sudamericano, Quito, Ecuador
  • South Pacific Nazarene Theological College, Suva, Fiji
  • Southeast Asia Nazarene Bible College, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Taiwan Nazarene Theological College, Taiwan (inactive)
  • Visayan Nazarene Bible College, Cebu City, Philippines

Certificate and Diploma Bible Colleges

  • Eastern Mediterranean Nazarene Bible College, Sin el Fil, Lebanon
  • Instituto Biblico Nazareno, Amazonas, Peru
  • Instituto Biblico Nazareno, Cobán, Guatemala
  • Nazarene Bible College of East Africa, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Nazarene Theological College of Central Africa, Lilongwe, Malawa
  • Nazarene Theological Institute, ITN/NTI, Equatorial and West Africa
  • Seminaire Theologique Nazareen D’Haiti, Petion-Ville, Haiti
  • Seminario Nazareno de Cabo Verde, Cape Verde
  • Seminário Nazareno de Mozambique, Maputo, Mozambique
  • South Asia Nazarene Bible College, Bangalore, India 


Specialized Training Schools

  • Nazarene College of Education, Manzini, Swaziland
  • Nazarene College of Nursing, Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea
  • Nazarene College of Nursing, Manzini, Swaziland
  • Nazarene Nurses Training College, Maharashtra, India

The International Board of Education (IBOE) is a dynamic worldwide consortium of Nazarene universities, colleges, and seminaries to facilitate the mission of the Church of the Nazarene in shaping Christlike disciples and leaders for local witness and global impact.

This mission is accomplished by the IBOE:

  • serving as a catalyst for networking, collaboration, and resourcing the IBOE schools globally for excellence in all educational disciplines and practice, especially in regard to ministerial education;
  • providing connectivity between school needs for personnel and the diverse educational resources of the denomination within and between regions; 
  • strengthening the schools through quality and missional reviews and developing strong and effective governing boards for the institutions;
  • envisioning the future of higher education in the denomination; and assuring theological and doctrinal coherency throughout the system of Nazarene education.

A stronger global system of Nazarene education is emerging as a strategic network of Nazarene institutions worldwide under the umbrella of the International Board of Education. These educational institutions *are committed to the mission, *Articles of Faith, *Core Values, and the* Covenant of Christian Character affirmations of the denomination AND *increasingly to each other!

LeBron Fairbanks

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