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Educating Leaders for Ministry : Issues and Responses

Educating Leaders for Ministry : Issues and Responses


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In an increasingly secular society, the Christian community must witness a way of life that produces whole and holy people who testify to the truthfulness of the story of Jesus in their lives. Internally, church membership reflects nearly every race, language, culture, spirituality, and Christian theology in existence.

There are three particular challenges for those who prepare people for the church's ministries and those working in ministry itself: diversity, integration, and assessment. Educating Leaders for Ministry examines what each challenge means and identifies ways to respond. The material presented here draws on a six-year project, the Keystone Conferences. The project involved twenty Catholic seminaries and schools of theology reflecting on the mission of their institutions within the life of the church as it becomes manifest in the processes of teaching and learning. As these conversations continued over seven years, the issues of diversity, integration, and assessment emerged as persistent and defining aspects of every school in some way.

These three issues touch the daily life of the entire Christian community, not just theological schools and seminaries. While there are aspects of these issues in theological education that are particular to Roman Catholicism, Educating Leaders for Ministry is helpful for anyone engaged in theological education today.



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Liturgical Press


Collegeville, MN


Christianity | Practical Theology

Educating Leaders for Ministry : Issues and Responses