Office of Church Relations


The Office of Church Relations

Serving the South Central Region Church of the Nazarene

The Office of Church Relations exists to sustain and strengthen the relationship between Southern Nazarene University and the South Central Regional Church of the Nazarene.

Church Relations  – Maintains communication and reinforces the covenant relationship between the university and the South Central Region Church of the Nazarene. The Office of Church Relations has responsibility for receipting and reporting of general education giving by constituent churches and provides training and enrichment opportunities for pastors and church leaders, both on and off campus.

Toler Resource Center for Pastoral Leadership – Even the best-prepared and most gifted pastors often find themselves in need of additional tools and resources to meet the constant challenges they face in their congregations and the communities they serve.  The Resource Center for Pastoral Leadership at SNU (RCPL) was established to provide a place where pastors find resources, inspiration, and encouragement.

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  • Toler Resource Center for Pastoral Leadership

    The Resource Center for Pastoral Leadership at SNU was founded in 2013 under the auspices of then-president, Dr. Loren P. Gresham, who named Dr. Stan Toler its Founding, Executive Director. Dr. Toler led the RCPL until his untimely passing in November 2017.


    Today, the mission of the RCPL remains unchanged:


    The RCPL is created to be a place where pastors find:


    • Inspiration for their Calling
    • Encouragement for their Character
    • Equipping resources to grow in their Competencies


    We seek to fulfill this mission through:


    • On-campus, off-campus and live streaming of lifelong learning events
    • Quality ministry resources at low or no cost to pastors and congregations
    • Utilization of the outstanding resident faculty at SNU complemented by top tier presenters/instructors from around the world


    For more information and archived resources click here.

  • Pastors Leadership Scholarship Award

    To Our South Central Region Pastors:

    One of the many ways we partner with our regional churches is a tuition credit certificate
    made available to pastors who have led their church in reaching their annual financial goal of support of SNU.  For the current church year, a $200.00 Pastor’s Tuition Scholarship Award is presented as a token of our appreciation for Funding the Mission of Christian Higher Education – 2.25% of the net fund base.

    This award may be redeemed by the pastor to apply to their tuition, or for a member of his/her immediate family – but it is important to note that, if you so choose, you may award the certificate to a young person currently attending or coming to SNU from your church, a fellow pastor’s child, or any current SNU student that you may know and choose to encourage in this way. In any case – a maximum of $1000 in accumulated certificates may be used in any given academic year per recipient, and certificates are valid for ten church business years.

    Deadlines for redemption are:

    * To redeem certificate(s) for an academic term beginning in August, certificate(s) must be submitted by May 15.
    * To redeem certificate(s) for an academic term beginning in January, certificate(s) must be submitted by October 15.
    * Up to five (5) certificates can be combined and submitted together for an academic term.
    If your church qualifies for this award this church year, click here to access the certificate, complete the required information, and email or mail it to the SNU Office of Church Relations.  If you qualify but choose to reserve this award for future use, please save it to your files or print it for your records.

    My deepest desire is that every pastor on our Region will see Southern Nazarene University as a financially realistic college choice for their children. Our Enrollment Management team wants to work with you, and the families in your church, to design a personalized campus visit and financial plan. We rely heavily on you, pastor, to help us identify and recruit students through our High Priority referral form and the financial and spiritual support of your church. I am so grateful for your prayers and the example you set for your people through your support of SNU.

    Thank you again for your church’s financial investment in your university.  May God
    continue to bless you, your family, and your ministry.

    Keith Newman,

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