Theological School Program to Improve the Quality of Congregational Ministry - Eden Theological Seminary

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Start Date: 
Mon, 11/30/1998
End Date: 
Wed, 12/31/2003

Eden Theological Seminary instituted a series of structural and curricular changes to enhance its capacity for preparing candidates for congregational ministry. The seminary reconstituted the position of Dean for Common Life into Dean of Students; this resulted in a shift of focus from coordinating the community life of the seminary to serving as a liaison between a cluster of relationships which included the student’s home church, pastor, the ordaining committee and involvement in the placement process after the student’s graduation. A new position was created to serve as a liaison between the seminary and the students who had graduated and moved into ministerial positions.
A new system of cohort learning was established enabling students to learn mostly in community based group situations instead of engaging in theology as a solitary pursuit. These learning groups included the student’s local church pastor, congregation, and ordaining authorities. Interaction among such groups was facilitated by Ministry Seminars.