Studies in the Theory of Theological Education

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Start Date: 
Tue, 01/01/1985
End Date: 
Wed, 01/01/1986

Dr. Jackson W. Carroll, Director of the Center for Social and Religious Research at Hartford Seminary, addressed a fundamental issue in theological education: Is it appropriate to claim that theological education is akin to the forms of advanced professional education? At the time, there were few educators in the country willing to give an unequivocal "yes" to that question. Carroll's research included: interviews with clergy on the practice of ministry; consultations with colleagues on his findings; formal consultations with critical readers; preparation of the manuscript, incorporating previously published essays; and revision of the work for publication. An important benefit of this work was its role in assisting Hartford Seminary in rethinking its own course offerings. As Carroll himself described this project, it "was to continue work on a perspective on ministry, especially ordained ministry, that I had developed in earlier publications. In those publications, I had focused on issues of authority for ministry, with a particular assessment of authority issues related to the professional model of ministry. I had also begun to explore the implications of Donald Schon's work on 'the reflective practitioner' for ministry. . . and develop further [this work's] implications for theological education." (KA)