Scholars for the church

Preparing seminary teachers
“How would your introductory course in your field help prepare students for ministry?” This question consistently stumped candidates fresh from graduate school who were interviewing for a faculty position in our theological school. The candidates were bright. They could map their disciplines with precision, and they cared deeply about the role of religion in society. But even those who wanted to teach in a theological school stumbled when we asked them: “What do you think ministers really need to know about your subject in order to lead people in lives of faith and action? How do you help students learn those things?” Their fumbling for answers demonstrated something veteran theological educators know firsthand—how hard it is to connect academic expertise to the deeper work of forming students for Christian ministry.

 

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