The Contemporary Context of Theological Education: A Consideration of the Multiple Demands on Theological Educators

Citation: 
Liefeld, Walter and Linda M. Cannell. "The Contemporary Context of Theological Education: A Consideration of the Multiple Demands on Theological Educators," Crux 27 (December 1991): 19- 27.
Abstract: 

Walter Liefeld and Linda Cannell observe an inconsistency between how religious leaders and laypeople interpret the church's difficulties. Where pastors locate the greatest problem in the struggle to motivate laypeople for ministry, the majority of the laity want to serve God but not in traditional programs conducted in the customary fashion. Similarly, laypeople did not consider themselves liberated for mission when such liberation simply meant leading existing programs rather than developing new ones. The source of some of this dissonance between leaders and laity is located in theological education. Liefeld outlines five difficiencies in graduates of seminary programs before calling for changes in three areas of theological education. These include curricular restructuring and the appointment of directors of ministerial development, developing closer cooperation between church and seminary, and targeting identified crisis points in clergy careers as foci for continuing education and doctor of ministry offerings.

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