Theological Education and Ministerial PreparationWhile the vast majority of efforts expended by division-, union-, and conference-level ministerial associations center upon active congregational pastors, attention must also be directed toward the next generation pastoral force. The Ministerial Association works in concert with seminaries and schools of religion and theology as well as with the General Conference Department of Education to ensure sound curriculum components and proper groundwork for classroom and field training aimed at those preparing for pastoral ministry.
The primary purpose for adequate theological education and ministerial preparation is to guarantee the unity of the church’s message and mission as it is proclaimed by those in whom the church vests ecclesiastical authority. To this end, the Ministerial Association works closely with young pastors, starting with their educational matriculation, through internship, to ordination, and beyond.
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