Alternatives in Theological Education: An Examination of the Characteristics and Outcomes of Denominational Judicatory Study Programs Which Prepare Persons for Commissioned, Licensed, Ordained or Otherwise Authorized Ministries

Citation: 
Barker, Lance R. and B. Edmon Martin. “Alternatives in Theological Education: An Examination of the Characteristics and Outcomes of Denominational Judicatory Study Programs Which Prepare Persons for Commissioned, Licensed, Ordained or Otherwise Authorized Ministries." A paper for the Religious Research Association Meeting, Boston, MA, November 1999.
Abstract: 

“Alternatives in Theological Education,? edited by Lance Barker and Edmon Martin, presents the project's initial research into alternative models of denominational judicatory study programs of six major U.S.- and Canadian-based ecclesiastical bodies. These bodies are the Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Church of Christ, the United Church of Canada, and the United Methodist Church. The paper outlines the project’s research approach and methodology, as well as details findings on the number, diversity and founding of the programs, curricula design and delivery, and program participants. <p> Six critical issues for alternative theological education (ATE) programs conclude the paper. These issues speak to the purpose, viability and resources of the ATE model as well as to their depth in comparison with theological schools, their recognition and use of baptismal gifts and how they mirror the aging population of denominations. Appended to the paper are a number of questionnaires, surveys and other materials related to the project’s process and methodology.

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