An Incomplete Field Guide to Ministry
Mar 2, 2022
The Future of Theological Education & and a Conversation with Pastor Carrie Ballenger
Our hosts Kimberly Wagner and Marvin Wickware reflect on some of the challenges and opportunities facing institutions, professors, and students within theological education today. How do we adjust to the economic and financial realities of current students? Do we imagine theological education as mainly vocational or mostly formational?
Please note that this episode was recorded before Russia invaded Ukraine.
Our guest today Carrie Ballenger, assistant to the bishop at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, and Pastor to the English Speaking Congregation at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem. Pastor Ballenger is also an LSTC Alum.
Mentioned this episode:
* Dr. Ted Smith's 2021 Sprunt Lectures presentation entitled “No Longer Shall They Teach One Another: The End of Theological Education.”
* After Whiteness: An Education in Belonging by Willie Jennings
* Knit Purl Pray Preach, Carrie Ballenger's blog
* Carrie Ballenger's recorded sermons
* The Upper Room, an organization supporting Palestinian Christians, especially women and young people, to stay in Jerusalem.
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