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

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Start Date: 
Wed, 04/01/1998
End Date: 
Fri, 12/31/2004

Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary established the Bible and Spiritual Formation Program in order to address the issues of biblical illiteracy in congregations and the quest for spirituality and meaning in the present context. As a result of this grant, several new programs were established including programs in field education and continuing education. The seminary also established the position of the Director of Vocational Formation in order to promote on campus student engagement with Bible study, spiritual formation and Christian discipleship. These activities were facilitated through small groups led by spiritual directors. Three three-year Presidential scholarships enabled support for students showing exceptional promise for congregational ministry. The field education program enabled students to work in local congregations and develop strategies to identify and meet the spiritual and biblical literacy needs of these congregations. Finally, the continuing education component of the grant supported recent seminary graduates to participate in seminar workshops designed to ease their transition into parishes and develop capacity for biblical literacy in the congregations they serve.