Continuing Education Archives - Church Executive


Meet Dr. Mark Harden, new president of Ashland Theological Seminary

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In 1985, Dr. Mark Harden was beginning a career in law enforcement, serving the Detroit metro area. Uniquely, he brought a commitment to ministry to this public servant role, as well. The two callings unquestionably strengthened the outreach and community service offerings Dr. Harden was able to create and offer in his law enforcement role. They also helped to lay the foundation for his informed, diverse and proven approach to seminary leadership.

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New York Times best-selling author Dr. John Townsend to launch the Townsend Institute at Concordia University Irvine

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Partnership makes Concordia the only university in the nation to offer the Townsend Institute for Leadership & Counseling

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Online education for busy pastors

How Villanova’s Center for Church Management & Business Ethics is making it easy for busy pastors and church leaders to continue their education.

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Get real-world, in-person church management training June 20-30 in Nashville!

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Church executives of all types know that the church is, in some ways, a business. Whether you’re a lead pastor, executive pastor, business administrator or denominational official, you attend to congregational business of facilities, finances, human resources, information technology, and a host of other issues on a daily basis. For example, take a quick test […]

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Igniting hearts through miracles & healing

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Raised in a traditional Baptist home, Timothy Berry thought his path in life was to become an engineer. That all changed at age 19, when a calling from God radically altered his course. Berry began to intensely pursue a deeper experience and understanding of God’s love, presence and power. He moved to California to study under […]

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Make time for pastoral counseling

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While most pastors are very comfortable with their roles as counselors and teachers, it is in administration where they tend to be least prepared. By carefully choosing staff to help with the daily administration of the congregation, the pastor might have more time to exercise his ministerial duties, such as pastoral counseling.

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Continuing education: keeping context at the forefront

An in-depth look at Ashland Theological Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program in Transformational Leadership with Dr. Matthew H. Bevere

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Continuing education: management skills for more effective ministry

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How the Villanova University Master of Science in Church Management Degree is building capacity for leadership

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Author, Pastor Mark Batterson & the secrets of pursuing “God-sized dreams”

Mark Batterson, New York Times best-selling author, lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, D.C., and Regent alumnus

New York Times best-selling author and Regent alumnus Mark Batterson ’12 (Divinity) believes in dreaming big and praying bold prayers.

It is a principle that he explored in his popular book The Circle Maker, and one that has guided his ministry for the last 18 years. As lead pastor of National Community Church (NCC) in Washington, D.C., his God-sized dreams have resulted in a vast ministry reaching thousands.

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Can seminaries prepare students for the real world?

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Is the purpose of the seminary to train theologians or practitioners?

For the last 50 years, theologians, pastors and congregations have been debating this very question. Indeed, higher education at-large is questioning the relationship between theoretical knowledge and practical experience. Is the purpose of education to help the student to think critically or to function practically?

To be effective, a seminary has to do both.

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