A group of academic deans and presidents from Church of the Nazarene educational institutes across the denomination's Asia-Pacific Region gathered 21-25 August in Bali, Indonesia, to brainstorm ways to better incorporate discipleship into the regional educational system.
Despite the geographical and cultural differences between the educational institutions, the meeting allowed for everyone’s voices and ideas to be heard and shared.
Regional Education Coordinator John Moore organized the event. Presenters included International Board of Education Commissioner Dan Copp, Regional Director Mark Louw, and Maggie Bailey, executive director of Higher Education Board and Strategy Development.
Dick Eugenio, academic dean of Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary, said that though they acknowledged the trials ahead, the leaders were inspired and ready to tackle the future.
“The meeting was overall hopeful in tone,” Eugenio said. “Armed with a radical optimism of grace, the delegates went back to their respective areas of responsibilities with greater passion and conviction of the integral role of theological education in the disciple-making mission of the church.”