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A New Church and a New Seminary: Theological Education is the Solution

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Many churches are "mule churches"-strong for a generation but unable to reproduce themselves. As a mule comes from a horse and a donkey, they were the product of demographics and cultural conditions conducive for a generation of strength but did...


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Many churches are "mule churches"-strong for a generation but unable to reproduce themselves. As a mule comes from a horse and a donkey, they were the product of demographics and cultural conditions conducive for a generation of strength but did not produce many offspring in new church starts or strong candidates for ministry. Mule churches create a generation or more of pastors, superintendents, and bishops who think they knew what made for strong church, who think their approach to ministry is the key reason for their success. And it produces churches with a nostalgia for the way things used to be. This makes it hard for churches to adapt to change.
We've been declining for a long time due to changes in secular and consumer culture, demographics radically adjusting normative family structure, and a theology based in consumer marketing rather than mission-driven vitality. Now we realize that the church is free to not just make the gospel relevant to life but to make life relevant to the gospel.
Conservative evangelical Christianity was able to focus on relevance prior to its ascendency on the national stage. Methodism requires a similar period of confessional self-definition. We are going through these confessions now in the debate about our stance toward homosexuality.
Most students and most professors go to the seminary "to fix the church," because they realize that the future of the church and its seminaries are inseparable. Seminaries provide scholars for the church, who learn how to think, who learn how to take the long view, who shape identity, who foster a "culture of calling."
A new kind of Methodist progressive evangelicalism is regenerating, which lives the great commandment (love) and the great commission (reproducing disciples) on a global scale. Before, seminaries prepared pastors to maintain healthy churches in stable neighborhoods. Now, every neighborhood is changing and many churches are losing their members and their confidence. They long for a recovery of their sense of mission and a new kind of leadership. A new kind of seminary is regenerating to foster hope, wisdom, creativity, and engagement with the great issues of our day.

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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 534680
  • Product Code 9781501858901
  • ISBN 1501858904
  • EAN 9781501858901
  • Department Academic
  • Category Leadership
  • Sub-Category Church Leadership
  • Publisher Abingdon Press
  • Publication Date Apr 2018
  • DRM Adobe
  • Printable No
  • Size 0.37 MB (EPUB)

David Mcallister-wilson

David McAllister-Wilson is president of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington DC.nbsp; He is an ordained elder in the Virginia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.nbsp;His main areas of interest are revitalizing the mainline Protestant church and excellence in church leadership.nbsp;

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