ERIC Number: EJ850329
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
Formation in the Worlds of Theological Education: Moving from "What" to "How"
Hess, Lisa M.
Teaching Theology & Religion, v11 n1 p14-23 Feb 2008
Theological educators in church and academy alike continue to ask, "What is formation for ministry?" Dissatisfaction has increased within all participants of theological education--faculty, students, administrators, pastors, and church professionals. Temporarily postponing the "what" of formation, this article explores the dissatisfaction with formation language in terms of one critical dissonance: the improbable quest for a pastoral identity amidst the observable reality of multiple identities, chosen and imposed. A constructive response crafted by identities-in-practice, as configured by disciplined spiritual stewardship, gives both critical and contemplative guidance for a fuller participation by all in Christian formation. Formation then becomes defined with a publicly theological coherence: the "shaping-being-shaped" primarily by the Holy in the worlds mutually configured within improvised, risked service.
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