For Life Abundant: Practical Theology, Theological Education, and Christian Ministry

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What does it mean to lead a truly "life-giving way of life"? What kinds of learning and teaching will best prepare ministers to foster such a way of life in their congregations? How might teachers of practical theology best understand and undertake their task to educate and form ministers? Respected scholars and ministers explore such questions in For Life Abundant, probing and clarifying the significance of practical theology in the classroom, in the wider academy, and in actual ministry settings.


Dorothy C. Bass Kathleen A. Cahalan David D. Daniels III Craig Dykstra Serene Jones Thomas G. Long Peter W. Marty Gordon S. Mikoski Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore James R. Nieman Christian R. Scharen Ted A. Smith John P. Witvliet David J. Wood
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802837448
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/29/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 380
  • Sales rank: 1,184,546
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Dorothy C. Bass is director of the Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People of Faith, a project of the Lilly Endowment located at Valparaiso University.

Craig Dykstra is senior vice president, religion, at Lilly Endowment Inc.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Dorothy C. Bass Bass, Dorothy C. Craig Dykstra Dykstra, Craig 1

Pt. 1 Envisioning Practical Theology

1 Ways of Life Abundant Dorothy C. Bass Bass, Dorothy C. 21

2 Pastoral and Ecclesial Imagination Craig Dykstra Dykstra, Craig 41

3 Mapping the Field of Practical Theology Kathleen A. Cahalan Cahalan, Kathleen A. James R. Nieman Nieman, James R. 62

Pt. 2 Practical Theology in the Classroom

4 Introducing Ministry and Fostering Integration: Teaching the Bookends of the Master of Divinity Program Kathleen A. Calahan Calahan, Kathleen A. 91

5 Teaching Worship as a Christian Practice John D. Witvliet Witvliet, John D. 117

6 Liturgy and Life: An Account of Teaching Ritual Practices James R. Nieman Nieman, James R. 150

7 Practical Theology and Pedagogy: Embodying Theological Know-How Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore Miller-McLemore, Bonnie J. 170

Pt. 3 Practical Theology in the Wider Academy

8 Practical Theology in Two Modes Serene Jones Jones, Serene 195

9 History, Practice, and Theological Education David D. Daniels III Daniels, David D., III Ted A. Smith Smith, Ted A. 214

10 Practical Theology on the Quad: Doctoral Study in Practical Theology in a University Context Thomas G. Long Long, Thomas G. 243

Pt. 4 Practical Theology in Ministry

11 Learning Ministry over Time: Embodying Practical Wisdom Christian Scharen Scharen, Christian 265

12 Transition into Ministry: Preconceiving the Boundaries between Seminaries and Congregations David J. Wood Wood, David J. 290

13 Shaping Communities: Pastoral Leadership and Congregational Formation Peter W. Marty Marty, Peter W. 306

14 Educating and Forming Disciples for the Reign of God:Reflections on Youth Pilgrimages to the Holy Land Gordon S. Mikosi Mikosi, Gordon S. 329

Pt. 5 For Life Abundant

15 In Anticipation 355

Acknowledgments 361

Contributors 363

Index 365

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