The Church of the Nazarene, founded in 1908, has since its beginning stressed the importance of education. It started and developed a number of denominational colleges to meet the demand of its constituents for college training, and for some time it relied on the religion departments of its colleges as the principle means for training students preparing for ministry.
Nazarene Theological Seminary fulfills its mission of preparing women and men to be faithfulness and effective ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through eductional programs that engage students in a missional curriculum.
The William Broadhurst Library houses more than 150,000 titles and over 200 periodicals with significant resources in the areas of the Wesleyan doctrine of holiness and on the history of the Church of the Nazarene.
Kansas City, the historic and primary location of NTS, is a thriving midwestern metropolitan area with a population of over 2 million. Interstate highways and Kansas City International Airport make it easily accessible. Its expanding industry and commerce provide work opportunities. Its educational and cultural institutions offer a wide variety of enriching advantages, among them being the University of Missouri at Kansas City, other Protestant seminaries, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Kansas City Public Library and its branches, and the Harry S. Truman Library.
Nazarene Theological Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.