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What Must a Pastor Know?: Reflections on Congregational Studies

Arthur Boers, assistant professor of pastoral theology and coordinator of the Spiritual Formation Program at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana, surveys key insights that have emerged from a rapidly expanding literature on the nature and patterns of congregational life in the United States.

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Re-examination and Renaissance: Lilly-sponsored Studies at the Turn of the Century

Paul J. Dovre, past president of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, explores key markers or characteristics of 20th century religious higher education.

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The Aims & Purposes of Literature: Notes from the Field

After mapping in broad strokes the major contributions of studies on the "aims and purposes of theological education," Jack Fitzmier, vice president of academic affairs and dean at the Claremont School of Theology, spirals down from those utopian proposals for re-visioning theological education.

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Theological Education via Plato's Allegory of the Cave

In the books and articles on the aims and purposes of theological education, William Carl, president of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, finds administrators, professors, trustees, pastors and educational specialists all feeling their way toward some elusive but edifying truth about what Ed Farley calls Theologia.

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The Stories of Our Lives: The Theological Exploration of Vocation in Colleges and Universities

Susan VanZanten discusses how the telling of personal stories about one's life has been a key element of the powerful impact that the Program for the Theological Exploration of Vocation (PTEV) has had on students and faculty.

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A Plentiful Harvest: The Fruits of Lilly-Sponsored Programs on Vocation

David Cunningham of Hope College observes here that "over the past ten years, the very word vocation has been excavated from its location among the ruins of medieval- and Reformation-era theological concepts and has been granted new meaning and new life.

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The End(s) of Theological Education: Reframing the Mission of Theological Schools

Michael Jinkins describes how theological education has been engaged in a self-critical conversation about its proper ends and appropriate means since at least the middle of the last century.

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