ERIC Number: ED204509
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Growing in Ministry. Reflections Based on Current Research.
Malcomson, William L.
Growing in ministry is wholistic, as ministry is wholistic. Ministry is a calling and profession, and continuing education in ministry must be of help in both areas. Both attitudinal and behavioral growing should be considered--attitudinal as it has to do with a minister's being, calling, person, sense of worth, and spirituality; and behavioral as it has to do with a minister's doing, profession, job, skill employment, and competence. Contemporary research shows too much emphasis on professionalism and neglect of the spiritual formation of ministers. Growing in ministry should be self-directed. There is also a need for collegiality in the growing-learning process. Such feedback, concern, and correction from other professionals and lay persons are necessary for growth. Finally, ministers should realize that there are obstacles to growth and crises to which they are subject, but that the pain caused by these obstacles and crises is a necessary part of growing. (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for the Ministry (American Baptist Churches), Oakland, CA.