VTS Announces Publication of THE STUDY OF MINISTRY: A COMPREHENSIVE SURVEY OF THEORY AND BEST PRACTICES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Curtis Prather 
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Email: cprather@vts.edu

(Alexandria, VA) - Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) is proud to announce the publication of The Study of Ministry: A Comprehensive Survey of Theory and Best Practice (SPCK Publishing, April 2019), edited by the Rev. Martyn Percy, dean of Christ Church, Oxford, and co-edited by the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., dean and president of VTS, with the Rev. Emma Percy, and Francesa Po. 
 
Written by an international team of leading authors from a range of relevant disciplines, including several former and current VTS professors, this is the first comprehensive overview of the state of the art in the study of Christian ministry.  
 
"It is such a pleasure to read the articles of so many faculty and former students from VTS included in this volume," said the Rev. Melody Knowles, Ph.D., vice president of Academic Affairs and associate professor of Old Testament. "It is a significant publication that covers the larger frameworks as well as some persistent issues in the field.  Everyone who reads this volume will find something new and vibrant to put to use in their ministry today.”
 
Covering all the major concepts, thinkers and approaches, The Study of Ministry: A Comprehensive Survey of Theory and Best Practice features authoritative contributions by experts in anthropology, psychology, psychotherapy, sociology, political theory and related fields of study, drawing on the best and most recent research from across the denominational spectrum. Arguing for the study of ministry to be taken seriously as an aspect of ecclesiology and pastoral theology, the book provides a stimulating resource both for practicing ministers and for all those training for ministry in a range of denominations.
 
In addition to Markham, VTS professors included in The Study of Ministry: A Comprehensive Survey of Theory and Best Practice are Dr. Lisa Kimball, Ph.D., the Rev. James Farwell, Ph.D., the Rev. David Gortner, Ph.D., the Rev. J. Barney Hawkins IV, Ph.D,, the Rev. Robert Heaney, Ph.D., D.Phil., the Rev. Ruthanna Hooke, Ph.D., and the Rev. Allison St. Louis, Ph.D.
 
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