John Williams Nielson

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John W. Nielson attended Eastern Nazarene College where he received a BA in religion in 1989. He received a Masters of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary in 1993 and was ordained as an Elder that same year. He then received the Doctor of Ministry degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary in 2013 where is dissertation was called, Developing Practices of Corporate Lament for the Local Parish.

Prior to joining the faculty of Eastern Nazarene College, Dr. Nielson served as the Lead Pastor of the Melwood Church of the Nazarene in Upper Marlboro, Maryland (on the Mid-Atlantic District) for over 24 years. Prior to this assignment, he served the Worship Pastor at St. Paul’s Church of the Nazarene in Kansas City, MO

Currently Dr. Nielson serves at Eastern Nazarene College where he serves as Program Chair for the Department of Religion and Culture, Assistant Professor of Practical Theology, and Music Director for ENC Music. He has a passion for ministerial preparation, worship, and a particular focus on developing practices of corporate lament. He also enjoys music, reading (and listening to audio books), and spending time with family.

He and his wife Amy have three daughters, Bethany (and a son-in-law, Ben), Kathryn (and a son-in-law, David) and Jenna.

In addition to the resources below, Dr. Nielson also has developed the following resources:

A website of lament resources: www.sacredsorrow.org

A Facebook of lament resources: The Sympathyzing Tear

 

Works by this author

Language: English

For Such a Grief as This

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For Such a Grief as This: The Faithful Practice of Lament is a presentation from Dr. John W. Nielson that was shared as part of the 2020 ENC Academic Symposium.

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Video

Funeral and Fiesta

John Williams Nielson

First published online as an article for the Nazarene Tehological Seminary Blog, Dr. John Nielson shares thoughts on worship and lament.

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Herald of Holiness - March 1, 1978

William E. McCumber
William M. Greathouse
Ross Hayslip
Ivan Beals
John F. Hay
John Holt
Wesley D. Tracy
C. Dale German
Wil M. Spaite
Harold I. Smith
John Williams Nielson
Bill Nielson
Laura Mae Douglass
Bonnie Martin
Leslie Parrott
Elvin Hicks
Esther L. Granger
A wood cross with a length of red cloth and a crown of thrones against an illustration of flowers and Mount Gethsemane.

2 THE CRUCIFIED LIVES! by William M . Greathouse
3 WHAT THE WORLD EXPECTS OF CHRISTIANS by Ross W. Hayslip
4 MORAL RENEWAL SUNDAY
5 HOLY MODELS by Ivan A. Beals
6 SHOULD IT HAPPEN IN OUR HOME? by John F. Hay
7 CHILD PORNOGRAPHY by John Holt
8 THE MEDIA MANIPULATORS by Wesley Tracy
9 GOD’S ABSOLUTES by C. Dale German
10 AN INTERVIEW WITH DR. W. T. PURKISER by Wil M. Spaite
12 NEW EMPHASIS ON AN OLD SIN by Harold Ivan Smith
13 A LETTER OF INDICTMENT by Bill Nielson
14 THE BLESSING OF TEARS by Laura Mae Douglass

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Complete magazine

Practices of Corporate Lament for the Local Parish: A Resource for Pastors

John Williams Nielson
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Dissertation
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WHDL-00004114

The Sympathyzing Tear

John Williams Nielson

Orignially posted online for the NTS Center for Pastoral Leadership, in this blog article, Dr. John Nielson explores the place ofr tears in our worship.

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Essay