Kenda Creasy Dean is a United Methodist ordained elder and professor of youth, church and culture at Princeton Theological Seminary and the author of "Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers Is Telling the American Church."
The most effective minister of the future may well be bivocational or an entrepreneur who is doing ministry outside the walls of the church, Harrison observes.
The question caused me to stop and think about the kinds of competencies that ministers will need in order to be effective in the churches and ministries of 2022. Here are some suggestions.
In fact, the most effective minister of the future may well be bivocational or an entrepreneur who is doing ministry outside the walls of the church.
Some of these competencies can be developed through a seminary experience but some cannot.
Because of this, theological institutions must be open to creative partnerships and alliances not only with churches but education institutions, businesses and nonprofit organizations.
The resources for developing the skilled minister of 2022 will not be found only within the seminary.