NAIITS, is one of the two divisions of Indigenous Pathways, a non-sectarian organization dedicated to encouraging the Indigenous community to develop and to articulate Indigenous perspectives on theology and practice. We encourage the development and implementation of Indigenous learning styles and world views through encouraging the development of a body of written work that addresses biblical, theological, and ethical issues from within Native North American and other Indigenous perspectives. We do so in concert with those of other ethnicities who would speak into this context. NAIITS currently has five degree program partnerships offering BA, MA and Ph.D programs.
We seek to facilitate the creation of a written theological foundation for a) the visioning of new paradigms to reach Native North Americans and other Indigenous peoples with the Good News of Jesus; and, b) the contextualization of the Good News in Indigenous communities
We seek to develop theological partnerships with other cultural communities of faith which will ensure the voice of Jesus is heard in all ways and will ensure biblical orthodoxy in all things.
NAIITS is dedicated to genuine dialogue with the historical traditions of Christianity and values the written and living resources encompassed in these traditions
This graduate theological degree is designed and taught by Indigenous scholars and practitioners. It is the outcome of an innovative, educational partnership between NAIITS and Tyndale Seminary. Gain a multidisciplinary understanding of Indigenous theology, history and praxis. Encourage others to fully embrace being an Indigenous follower of Jesus Christ. Assist your community in following God's call. Inspire people to embrace their Indigenous culture. Learn how to fully engage your ministry and its Indigenous context.
The Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies program focuses on the concept of a mutual learning exchange between cultures within and beyond North America. The program is multidisciplinary and strives to develop each co-learner’s heart an mind through the disciplines of anthropology, missiology, theology, Bible, church history, ethics, and spiritual formation. The program is holistic in scope, seeking to create opportunities for co-learners to gain both knowledge and experience appropriate for the 21st century.
NAIITS, in conjunction with Acadia, is dedicated to equipping men and women for meaningful engagement within their own communities, other local cultural contexts as well as globally. The MACD has been designed and tailored for Indigenous people, those serving in Indigenous communities, and others simply interested in a non-Western approach to community development education. MACD focuses on the concept of a mutual learning exchange between cultures within and beyond North America. The program is multidisciplinary and strives to develop each participant’s heart and mind through the disciplines of anthropology, sociology, asset-based philosophy and development methods, as well as theology, ethics, and spiritual formation.
Explore theology, history and the practice of ministry from Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, and world Indigenous perspectives.
Traditionally, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities did not compartmentalise their spirituality, or faith. Communities developed their own theologies but these were not necessarily the same as western ideas of theology. Indigenous life is experiential and therefore theology was practice!
In the 21st century, much has changed. We still focus our energies on helping people walk out life in a good way. Now it is a path centered in the person, work, life, teaching, death and resurrection of Jesus that is also rooted in Indigenous cultures and histories. Whether in the development of new theologies or in our forums for dialogue and teaching, it is this understanding that we speak of as our path toward wholeness.