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ERIC Number: EJ941791
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1368-4868
"Holy Cow! This Stuff Is Real!" from Imagining Ministry to Pastoral Imagination
Campbell-Reed, Eileen R.; Scharen, Christian
Teaching Theology & Religion, v14 n4 p323-342 Oct 2011
How do seminarians move from imagining ministry to embodying pastoral imagination? Stories gathered from seminarians in their final year of study show the complexity of shifting from classroom work, which foregrounds theory and intellectual imagination, to more embodied, relational, and emotionally intense engagements of ministry. Stories about learning ministry articulate a process we call the birth of pastoral imagination. New ministers test their use of knowledge acquired in classroom and books within the limits of actual ministry situations. They become overwhelmed by multiple variables in situations where they must make choices and act. These moments of action are fraught with risk and responsibility for the outcomes. Articulation and theological reflection are formative for students learning the practice of ministry. Implications for theological education include making greater "use of knowledge" in ministry practice and "use of practice" in classrooms. Points of crisis in the student stories raise additional questions about how some complications and interruptions to the "birth process" may present tragic consequences.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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