Reflections on Lifelong Learning : The Doctor of Ministry

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Larry L. Foster

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The Doctor of Ministry program could save your ministry! Jesus often withdrew to a "place apart" (Luke 6: 12) to find quiet for prayer and perspective. He returned to people in public places with teachings of wisdom and mission. A Doctor of Ministry program serves clergy and other spiritual leaders in a similar way. As an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Doctor of Ministry program provided a disciplined place apart for me to study and deepen my work as a parish pastor. After fourteen years in the parish ministry, this course of study led me to a focus and integration of my beliefs and thinking about my work as a leader in the church.

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Clergy -- Post-ordination training; Theology -- Study and teaching (Continuing education); Learning and scholarship; Church work; Pastoral theology; Pastoral theology; Religious education
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