“The Theology and Practice of Pastoral Ministry” in GR

When & Where

When: Monday-Thursday, June 4-7, 2012

Where: Calvin Theological Seminary, Room 105

3233 Burton Street SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Duane Kelderman, Adjunct Professor, Calvin College and Partner, Venture International LLC
Kathy Smith, Associate Director, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship; Director of Continuing Education, Calvin Theological Seminary

Pastor: The Theology and Practice of Ordained Ministry by William Willimon (Nashville:Abingdon Press, 2002) ISBN: 0687045320

The Leader's Journey: Accepting the Call to Personal and Congregational Transformation by Jim Herrington, R. Robert Creech, Trisha Taylor (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2003) ISBN: 078796266X


9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday-Wednesday (one hour for lunch, lunch is provided)
9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Thursday

(one hour for lunch, lunch is provided)


For more information on the content of the course please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required.


The cost to participate is $75 (USD)

(lunches and refreshments included)

Register here.

This seminar in “The Theology and Practice of Pastoral Ministry” is supported by the Sustaining Pastoral Excellence (SPE) program of the CRCNA. One of the core values of SPE is that strong pastoral identity is the key to sustaining pastoral excellence and being effective leaders in the church.

In this seminar, we will:

  • Study the theology and practice of pastoral ministry with a view to creatively and critically engaging changing views of the church and its ministry in our contemporary culture.
  • Integrate this theological understanding of pastoral ministry with the basic practices of congregational leadership.
  • Review case studies on leadership issues and gain tools for effective leadership, using William Willimon’s book Pastor: The Theology and Practice of Ordained Ministry, and Herrington, Creech & Taylor’s The Leader’s Journey: Accepting the Call to Personal and Congregational Transformation.
Hear from Past Participants
As a young pastor, I need much wisdom. This course affirmed many of my inclinations and also challenged many of my assumptions. I leave this week with a framework with which to see myself and the congregation, plus golden nuggets of wisdom to sustain me. –Course participant Jana VanderLaan

Your members should know that you will return from this class poised and ready to pursue the kind of leadership that will serve God and them best–neither as their CEO nor as their spiritual “hired hand.” They will have on their hands a pastor who will help them narrow the gap between stated goals and current condition– with greater skill and a keener sense of what real ministry is. –Course Participant David Den Haan

Group Picture of Sustaining Pastoral Excellence (SPE) Participants, June 2011

Please visit the main Continuing Education page for more info about other opportunities.

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