Monday, March 3, 2014

Our own Dr. Kathy Brown authored an article in the recently distributed Theological Education, the semi-annual journal of the Association of Theological Schools. At VTS Dr. Brown serves as the Associate Director of the Doctor of Ministry program. Dr. Brown has been instrumental in bringing the D.Min. in Christian Spirituality to VTS. 

Dr. Brown's article, "Formation and the Education of Ministers" takes an insightful look at our role as theological educators in the formation of students. She suggests that "Our task as educators is to facilitate for our students the integration of their theological, spiritual, personal, and professional growth" (Brown 16). This ministry to which we are called is not simply to do with our administrative skills or our biblical knowledge. These are are essential, to be sure, but our aim is to send out ministers who are well-rounded and committed to the ongoing process of formation. 

In her article, Dr. Brown notes six key elements of effective formation programs: attention to relational skills, reflection on humility as a key virtue of ministry, awareness of boundaries and skills for self-care, reflection on call and vocation, attention to prayer, and theological reflection (Brown, 19-22). Dr. Brown's insightful article is spot on. And at VTS we strive to incorporate these elements into the formation of our students and to model them in our own lives. 

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President