Northwind Theological Seminary and The Center for Open and Relational Theology have an Articulation Agreement to offer Certificate and Degree Programs.


  • Certificate programs are offered through Northwind Institute.

  • Degree programs are offered through Northwind Seminary.


The Center for Open and Relational Theology began in 2019. It fosters networks, develops resources, sponsors projects, and promotes events that deepen and broaden open and relational theologies. It appreciates and builds from the important work of previous open and relational thinkers.


“Open and Relational Theology” is an umbrella label under which a variety of theologies and believers reside. This variety shares at least two ideas in common:

  1. God experiences time moment by moment (open)

  2. God, us, and creation relate, so that everyone gives and receives (relational)



Dr. Thomas J Oord is the Director of the Center. He holds a ​Masters of Divinity from Nazerene Theological Seminary; a Masters of Arts in Religion, and a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University.

Dr. Oord is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. He serves in various consulting and administrative roles for academic institutions, scholarly projects, and research teams.

Master in Theology and Ministry

The 30 credit hour course of study includes:

Foundation Experience

Seven  3-credit hour courses:

Old Testament (or approved substitute)

New Testament (or approved substitute)

Church History (or approved substitute)

Theology (or approved substitute)

Elective 1 - Tutorial with a Faculty Mentor 

Elective 2 - Tutorial with a Faculty Mentor

Tutorial - Introduction to Open & Relational Theology  

Research Experience

Research Tutorial with a Faculty Mentor to research the topic of your Ministry Project

Capstone Experience

One 6-credit hour course

Ministry Project

Program Costs:

Foundation Experience

7 Courses @ $300.00 = $2100.00

Research Experience with Dr. Thomas J Oord

1 Course @ $1185.00

Capstone Experience

1 Course @ $600.00

Graduation Fee - $150.00

Doctor in Theology and Ministry


The 36 credit hour course of study includes:

Tutorial Experience

Two 3-credit hour courses:

Foundations of Open & Relational Theology

Contextualization of Open & Relational Theology

Oxford Experience

Two 3-credit hour courses:

Oxford-Style Course I
Readings in Open & Relational Theology

Oxford-Style Course II

Readings in Open & Relational Theology

Portfolio Experience

Three 6-credit hour courses

Research Course

Project Course

Thesis Course


Defense Experience

Six Credit Hours

Defense of Research, Project, and Thesis



Program Costs:

Tutorial Experience

2 Courses @ $1185.00 = $2370.00

Oxford Experience 

2 Courses @ $1185.00 = $2370.00

Portfolio Experience

3 Courses @ $2370.00 = $7110.00

Defense Experience      = $2370.00

Graduation Fee - $150.00

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