ERIC Number: ED213305
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Seminary as Servant: Essays on Trusteeship.
Greenleaf, Robert K.
The leadership role of trustees of seminaries, the seminary as an institution, and the mission of a seminary are considered in two essays. It is suggested that seminaries have the potential to hold the prime position of supporting the churches as they foster religious concern and work to strengthen the moral basis of society. Trustees have the opportunity by questioning and persuasive leadership to encourage the seminary to: (1) evolve an adequate theology of institutions; (2) define in contemporary terms whom and what purpose the seminary can best serve; (3) determine the best curriculum and method to serve the people and purpose; (4) give effective support to churches in the full scope of their mission; and (5) become significant sources of prophetic vision. It is suggested that if a better society is to be built, the best way is to raise the performance as servant of as many institutions as possible by voluntary regenerative actions initiated within them by committed individuals (servants). Questions that should be considered in determining the seminary's mission include: whether the seminary views itself as a model for other institutions; whether critical thought is a high priority in the seminary; whether the image created by the mission statement suggests a strong contemporary institution; whether the seminary attracts students who have the potential to become influential church leaders and whether it attracts capable faculty; whether the seminary experience develops spirit; and whether the mission has power. (SW)
Descriptors: Church Related Colleges, Church Role, College Role, Educational Benefits, Higher Education, Leadership Responsibility, Moral Values, Religion, Theological Education, Trustees
Windy Row Press, 43 Grove St., Peterborough, NH 03458 (10-24 copies $1.50; 25-99 $1.20; over 100 $1.00).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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