“The Practice of Ministry in a Changing World” is the focus of an upcoming GTF Residential Institute this September 14-18 moderated by Dr. John H. Morgan, Karl Mannheim Professor of the History and Philosophy of the Social Sciences. In keeping with our mission to provide ministry education, the GTF has designed this Institute specifically for ministry professionals serving faith communities as clergy, chaplains, pastoral counselors, etc. Morning seminars will focus on the topic of “Defining Ministry in a Changing World” while afternoon seminars will focus on “Clergy Stress and Satisfaction in the Workplace.”
Students will benefit from an intensive five days of study among a group of their peers as they complete required readings, produce scholarly reflections, and engage in daily oral presentations. While rigorous, GTF Residential Institutes offer students the opportunity to share and explore their professional experiences in a nurturing atmosphere.
In a carefully constructed analysis of what makes ministry a profession, we will explore the range of definitions and their practices within the broader framework of the Church in the world. An analysis of the profession of ministry “after the call” will constitute the primary focus of this Institute, and components of this profession such as status, education, training, regulations and protocol, privilege, power and stability will be carefully analyzed. Special attention will be given to a data-based study dealing with clergy stress and satisfaction in the workplace.