"In a rapidly changing congregational and professional environnment, how will churches and their institutions of theological education prepare ministers for diverse contexts ? Barker and Martin affirm the theological school's continued role yet claim that American Protestantism can no longer rely on graduate theological schools as the sole educational institutions charged with providing curricula for theological study related to ministerial preparation. The authors researched the graduate theological programs of [several denominations including the Episcopal Church and the United Church of Canada] and here share powerful new models for successful ministry preparation". -- back cover.
Contents divided into three main sections: Alternative Models -- Issues in Formation -- Re-Imagining the Future.
Contents: Foreword / John H. Thomas -- Preface -- Introduction : Judicatory-Based Theological Education / Lance R. Barker and Edmon B. Martin -- Keepers of the Vision : Aboriginal Community-Based Learning for Ministry / Janet Silman -- From Survival to Vitality : A Journey into Mutual Ministry / Carol Bell -- Called : An Alternative Path to Ordination / Isaac McDonald -- Theology Among the People : Theological Education by Extension and the TAP Program / Richard Sales -- Standing in the Wings : United Methodist Local Pastors and Their Preparation / Bert Affleck -- Shall We Dance ? Living the Adventure That is New York Theological Seminary / Minka Shura Sprague -- Why the Seminary ? A Historical Inquiry / Glenn Miller -- Education or Calling : What Makes a Commissioned Lay Pastor a Pastor ? / Ken McFayden -- The Small Church : Radical Reformation and Renewal of Ministry / Thomas Ray -- Re-visioning Ministry Leadership : Beyond Adapting Congregational and Clerical Models / B. Edmon Martin and Lance R. Barker -- Contributors -- Index.
Canadian contributor is Janet Silman, United Church of Canada.
Episcopal Church contributers include Carol Bell, Thomas Ray and Minka Shura Sprague.