Author Archives: Dean G. Blevins

About Dean G. Blevins

Dr. Dean G. Blevins currently serves as Professor of Practical Theology and Christian Discipleship at Nazarene Theological Seminary. An ordained elder, Dean has ministered in diverse settings and currently also serves at the USA Regional Education Coordinator for the Church of the Nazarene. A prolific author, Dr. Blevins recently co-wrote the textbook Discovering Discipleship and edits Didache: Faithful Teaching, a journal for Wesleyan Education.

Hospitality in a COVID World through a Child Safety Posture

As congregations open up again during the Coronavirus pandemic, I want to be the first to say that pastors are under extreme pressure. There are historical moments when ministers (whether they admit it or not) really feel pressure to “get … Continue reading

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We Have a Lot to Learn and Even More to Do Through Imbizo

Some of the questions proposed to everyone before he (she) is admitted among us may be to this effect: — 1. Have you the forgiveness of your sins? 2. Have you peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ? 3. … Continue reading

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Youth on the Brain

This Fall 2018 I will be providing a special learning opportunity for “both” local youth ministers/workers who live around the KC area “and” for global youth pastors or other concerned ministers intrigued by with how neuroscience might influence our understanding and ministry … Continue reading

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Visio VR

Recently I was invited to take part in an experiment hosted by Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Vice-President of External Affairs at Holy Apostles College and Seminary. Dr. Mahfood is well respected through the Association of … Continue reading

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Challenging Homo Economicus

Greg Forster, with the Center for Transformational Churches at Trinity International University, opened the second day of the Oikonomia Network Faculty Retreat by greeting new schools that have joined Kern funded programs in a common goal of expanding curriculum development. … Continue reading

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Let Your Miracles Break Forth Every Day

The Faculty Retreat for the Oikonomia network opened this evening at the Sheraton Gateway, LAX. The retreat serves as a one day precursor to the Karam Forum that follows. Greg Forster greeted visiting faculty and noted that the focus of … Continue reading

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An Intergenerational Sunday School “Epiphany “

During 2017 the Sunday School ministry of Kansas City First Church elected to incorporate intergenerational efforts between classes of children, youth and adults every “fifth Sunday” as two classes combined on the last Sunday of every month that included five Sundays. December … Continue reading

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