Paying Attention: Comparison of Desired Characteristics of Ministerial Leadership in the United Church of Christ

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Paying Attention: Comparison of Desired Characteristics of Ministerial Leadership in the United Church of Christ

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Meeting leadership needs of the United Church of Christ, which includes finding the best ways to prepare new leaders for authorization, has been a lively conversation in the denomination in recent years. A decade of study led to a national Pronouncement on ministry issues in 2005 which suggested ways to move into the future while taking into account the remarkable diversity of faith communities within the denomination. The broad range of ecclesiologies, with their corresponding theologies of ministry, has made the denominational conversation rich, but it has also made the task of coming to consensus on ministry issues challenging. In order to gain a better understanding of our practices in preparation for creating new guidelines for authorization, one directive of the Pronouncement was to "pay attention to our theologies of ministry in the UCC, especially ordained ministry." This project applies an ecclesiological typology to the descriptive language in current local and national denominational guidelines for identifying, preparing, and authorizing candidates for ministry, for the purpose of comparing the preferences which are revealed in them. Preferences are arrayed, and similarities and discrepancies between local and national materials are noted. In particular, this project observes whether or not the full range of ecclesiological diversity of the United Church of Christ is reflected in the guidelines for authorization, what differences exist between the sets of guidelines in this respect, and what the significance of those differences may be. The intent of this project is to contribute to the ongoing denominational conversation.
A dissertation submitted to the Faculty in candidacy for the degree of Doctor of Ministry. Advisor: Lee Barrett. Electronic PDF document. 223 pages.

Creator

Rader, Kay S.

Publisher

Lancaster, PA: Lancaster Theological Seminary

Date

2012

Rights

(c) Kay S. Rader; posted by permission

Subject

Leadership
Church work

Type

Dissertation

Format

electronic document (PDF)

Source

https://library.lancasterseminary.edu/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=129475

Language

English

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Citation

Rader, Kay S., “Paying Attention: Comparison of Desired Characteristics of Ministerial Leadership in the United Church of Christ,” Lancaster Theological Seminary Digital Archive , accessed November 24, 2017, http://archive.lancasterseminary.edu/items/show/97.

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