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Transitioning the Newly Ordained into Ministry

Vocational disillusionment plagues new pastors because the transition into ministry causes clergy idealism to run up against the reality of human congregations. To help pastors, judicatories need to use non... read more >

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Educating Leaders for Ministry

Contemporary Roman Catholic ministry leadership training is challenged by the expanding diversity of students entering seminary; the difficulty students have in integrating theory and practice, self and community; and the... read more >

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Experiencing God through Diverse Religious Traditions

What would it be like to experience Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Eastern Orthodoxy, and even contemporary American culture as a pilgrim, a seeker looking for God? That curiosity prompted the Rev.... read more >

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Pastoral imagination brings church from 4 to 4,000 members

Catholic priest Jack Wall inherited a church with four members in 1983. Twenty years later, the parish served 4,000 parishioners from all over the greater Chicago area. As part of... read more >

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Jackson Carroll on Pastoral Leadership

Drawing on the massive information collected in the Pulpit and Pew study, Jackson Carroll discusses contemporary pastoral ministry in this informative interview. Though most clergy are happy in their vocation... read more >

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Clergy that Shape Congregations

In this wide-ranging interview centered around the book, God’s Potters, researcher Jackson Carroll discusses the four historic roles clergy have played – ministry as office, as profession, as calling, and... read more >

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Resurrecting Excellence in Ministry

“Resurrecting Excellence” is excellence centered on Jesus Christ. The goal is to lay down self interest and take up the interests of others. In this interview, L. Gregory Jones discusses... read more >

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Teaching Christians to Be Leaders in the World

As president of Duke Divinity School Greg Jones created an initiative to reach, equip and provide ongoing resources for current and future institutional leaders in the church. In an article available from... read more >

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A Sabbatical Reflection on Sabbath Rest

“A week is not complete until there is rest in it.” That articulation of the concept of Sabbath marks the beginning of a profound new reality for the Rev. Dorisanne... read more >

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Why Teens Choose Church

It used to be that when children were raised in a faith tradition they grew into its wisdom as they matured. Now, many teens choose their religion. And they do... read more >

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Franklin College Master's Program Gift

"A $150,000 gift from Drs. Leonard and Teresa Bissonnette will help support Franklin College's new Master of Science in...

Working Hands

The Work of the Hands by Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros ... It’s with open hands that we welcome the stranger, open up...

International Peacemaker on Syrian Refugee Crisis at Union Seminary

Dr. Mary Mikhael, a native of Syria, will visit Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond October 3, 2018, to address the...

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