Making Connections is Alum’s Passion
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Josh Broward is a well-rounded guy. Graduating in 2000 with a double major in religion and business administration he spent the next 15 years serving abroad as a pastor, a professor, a writer and a humanitarian fighting human trafficking internationally. He also earned a Master of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary.
After nine years as the pastor of Korea Nazarene University International English Church in Cheonan, South Korea and professor at Korea Nazarene University, he returned to the U.S. last year to become associate pastor of Duneland Community Church of the Nazarene in Chesterton, Indiana.
In addition to his duties at Duneland, last year Broward became the international program manager for Free The Girls, an organization fighting human trafficking by empowering survivors of sex trafficking to earn a sustainable income while they get education and develop job skills. His role of developing international and domestic partnerships for the organization seems like a natural to someone who has so many interests and experiences to draw from. In January, he traveled to El Salvador to visit partners who are working with women formerly trafficked in the sex industry and through gangs in San Salvador.
“My two primary roles are to help local churches engage more deeply and to help pioneer our work in new areas,” Broward says. “Free The Girls is a beautiful extension of my calling and passions. I am head-over-heels in love with church partnerships and creative missional ventures.”
In addition to these roles, Broward serves as an adjunct professor at Olivet Nazarene University, teaching for the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies. He is also a freelance writer who has had poems published as well as articles in Holiness Today and Grace and Peace. His first scholarly article about long-term missions partnerships has been accepted in Evangelical Missions Quarterly.
His latest project is co-editor of Renovating Holiness with Dr. Thomas Oord, a theology and philosophy professor at Northwest Nazarene University. Just published in January, the book gathers essays from more than 100 young Nazarene pastors and theologians—including many MNU alums—on the subject of holiness in the 21st century.
So what does someone like Broward have to say to current students and new graduates finding their way into their careers and calling? He sums it up in five points.
- Be a constant learner. Go out of your way to broaden your information intake. Read books and magazines from across the entire spectrum (nature, news, literature, etc.).
- Build rest into your schedule. Because I tend toward overwork, we have some simple rhythms to prevent breakdown and burnout: weekly Sabbath day, family night, date night, and seven to eight hours of sleep a night.
- Take time to listen. Take at least 30 minutes a few times a week to be quiet and listen to God, letting him reorient the priorities in your life. A few times a year, get away for a few days to do some major soul searching regarding your life direction.
- Get a mentor. Find someone you deeply respect to help you sort through life.
- Change the world. You can’t change everything right now, but you can do something somewhere. Find a cause and a place, and invest yourself deeply there.
Finally Broward says his MNU experience gave him a foundation on which to build his life.
“My time at MNU was critical to forming my character, relationship with God and direction in life,” he states. “I was actually called to missions during a devotional in one of Professor Jim Edlin's classes.”
Broward lives in Chesterton, Indiana with his wife Sarah (Messamer ’01) and their children Emma and John David. He will be at the Church of the Nazarene’s M15 (Missions 2015) Conference in Kansas City, Missouri Feb. 9-11, launching his new book.