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Written for ministry students, Bible college and seminary professors, church leaders, and nonprofit organization leaders, Preparing for Ministry addresses many of the questions raised by field education, contextualized learning experiences, and internship programs. Readers will learn about the value of theological field education, its purpose and challenges, the need for flexibility in education, and the resources available for students and instructors. Reminding readers that field education is part of spiritual formation, each chapter begins with Scripture and ends with prayer. Each chapter also includes reflection questions and recommended reading. CONTRIBUTORS " Harley Atkinson, Toccoa Falls College " Joye Baker, Dallas Theological Seminary " Luke Bobo, Lindenwood University " Thomas Fuller, Samford University " Nelson Grimm, Northeastern Seminary " Dipa Hart, Dallas Theological Seminary " Tara Hornbacker, Bethany Theological Seminary " Walter Kime, Ashland Theological Seminary " Katherine Kyte, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary " Doran McCarty, Southern Baptist Seminaries " Don Payne, Denver Seminary " Paul Pettit, Dallas Theological Seminary " Mary Sanders and Jeff Sanders, Bethel University " Phillip Sell, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School " Daryl Smith, Asbury Theological Seminary " William Torgesen, Moody Bible Institute " Timothy Witmer, Westminster Theological Seminary George M. Hillman Jr. is assistant professor of spiritual formation and leadership at Dallas Theological Seminary. He is cochair of the Evangelical Association of Theological Field Educators. Religion / Christian Ministry / Pastoral Resources

About the Author

Dr. George Hillman is the Chairman and Associate Professor of the Educational Ministries and Leadership Department at Dallas Theological Seminary. Dr. Hillman has a passion for discipleship, spiritual formation, and contextual leadership development. Prior to joining the seminary faculty, he was in pastoral ministry focused on college ministry, small groups, and education. He is active nationally with the Association of Theological Field Education and is also engaged in several missions outreaches focused on pastoral training overseas.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Academic & Professional (November 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825427576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825427572
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Eric Willis on February 17, 2009
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Dr. George Hillman has compiled a work that puts all others out to pasture! As a Pastor and mentor to ministry interns, this work will replace my other field education "guides". The freshness of this work with an emphasis on Scripture, prayer, and focus on personal ministry will renew your passion to mentor those heading into ministry. Part 3 alone is worth the book price! Hillman has gathered credible, trustworthy, and competent contributors which makes "Preparing for Ministry" a must have for any serious Ministry mentor... and the bibliography of recommended reading? WOW! Well done.
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I enjoyed reading it. It contains what ministry professionals (pastors, teachers, prayer leaders and other Christian workers) what need to know in order to be effective and fruitful in the service of God for His people and glory. I strongly recommend the book for Pastors/clergy men and others desiring to gain practical skills for Christian ministry vocation. It's a great, highly informative book!
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Seminary usually involves time spent in the classroom in addition to “clinical” time spent in the field, or serving in ministry in some capacity. This book is a blueprint on how to navigate the transition from the classroom to practical ministry and highlights all the idiosyncrasies that require understanding to make this transition successful.
Such instruction is fundamentally necessary because seminary does not prepare one for ministry adequately, and many in full-time ministry feel as if a majority of what they learned in school is not used in their vocation. Resultantly, Preparing for Ministry serves to harmonize these discrepancies.

The book places a strong emphasis on the scriptures and the importance of prayer in the relationships one develops throughout their field education. Of note, Hillman does not write the entire book, and the fact that different authors write each chapter adds a sense of fresh air throughout the text.

Preparing for Ministry is divided into five sections each with a different concentration in field education: (1) Purposes of (2) Players in (3) Tools for (4) Special Populations and Situations in (5) For Field Education Professionals. The end of each chapter gives reading recommendations for further study.

Negatively, the book provides exact recommendations and methods that won’t necessarily apply to every person in their unique situation. Also, many of the suggestions, while valid, are readily obvious. For example, in chapter 11, “Assessment and Education in Field Education,” the author defines adequate leadership through organizational skills, planning, goal setting, and communication.
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This book helps the reader focus on what ministry is and some ways to get it done.
I feel that anyone that think they've been called should read this book.
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