What do pastoral leaders in flourishing congregations have to say to theological educators in theological schools or seminaries? The changing landscape of congregations and society as a whole has required pastoral leaders to speak out about the formational preparedness and ministry effectiveness of theological school graduates. Here are some ideas we’re working on for a forthcoming article.
It is in the best interest of theological educators to listen well to pastoral leaders by considering and making adjustments to the mission and curriculum in order to fulfill its primary purpose: to prepare religious professionals for ministry. From over 100 interviews and nine focus groups with pastoral leaders across Canada, these are some of the initial themes and questions that we have discovered:
The Flourishing Congregations Institute is still in the process of analyzing these themes and questions. Watch for our article on what pastoral leaders have to say to theological educators in theological schools or seminaries.