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    by Dr. James R. Hicks
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Dr. James Hicks has been the Senior Pastor at Bloomington First Church of the Nazarene in Bloomington, Indiana for 30 years.  He has taught discipleship and small groups for 35+ years.  Dr. Hicks has a B.A. from Trevecca Nazarene University, a M.Div. from Nazarene Theological Seminary, and a D.Min. in Practical Theology from Christian Theological Seminary.  He is a graduate of the School of Large Church Management, has received training in the Alpha program, and training in small groups through Willow Creek.  He has used variations of the Dynamics of Discipleship program as well as other curriculum through the years.  He is currently the Southwest Indiana District SDMI chairman.

In these 30 years of ministry in Bloomington, he has experienced taking an old traditional church through the deprogramming stages and reprogramming the core through the church’s new purpose of Seeking the Lost, Evangelizing the Lost, and Equipping the Body for Ministry. 

His doctoral dissertation of 252 pages was entitled “Discipleship Through Small Groups.”  He found, as brought out in his dissertation, that Bloomington First Church, located near Indiana University, has been a “sending church” down through his 30 years.  Disciples have come from both churched and non-churched settings.  After being trained, they are now active in the local church as well as in various ministries across the country.

If you would like contact Dr. James Hicks, you can reach him at  



Jason Hicks has served as a staff pastor for 7 years and is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene.  His personal mission statement has been to bring together theological / biblical education with small community dynamics, utilizing current technology, to develop fully devoted follows of Jesus Christ.  

In the last 12 years, he has lead teams of disciplers and trainers in both the church world and in the technology industry, utilizing the foundational principles of small group dynamics, community building, and personal mentoring.  He has acted as a facilitator and guest speaker for various church and district functions, speaking to the Jewishness of the Christian faith and equipping the laity in the local church.  He has also served as a technical director for large group events, a  project leader, and an office manager overseeing as many as 45 employees and/or trainees at one time.   

Jason graduated from Olivet Nazarene University with a major in Religion.  He received a Masters of Religion with a major in Theology from Trevecca Nazarene University, and a Masters of Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary. While at CTS he served as Student Body President and completed an internship in Clinical Pastoral Education through St. Vincint Hospital of Indianapolis.  

You can routinely find Jason at a coffee shop typing away on a computer, entrenched in a book, or just hanging out with close friends.  He is available for speaking engagements, retreats, or just a good conversation.  You can find him at