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The pursuit of advanced education: a full-time pastor’s perspective

By Rev. Dr. Clay L. Barrow Since earning my Master of Divinity, my calling and vocation have taken me into Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE); police chaplaincy in the Atlanta Police Department; Biblical Studies instructor of both Old and New Testament at the Westminster Schools (Atlanta); counseling in a mental health center (Sumter, SC); and to […]

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Make time for pastoral counseling

One of the most limited resources in a church is a pastor’s time. Yet, because of a variety of trends outside of the pastor’s control, pastoring a congregation has arguably never been more complicated. While most pastors are very comfortable with their roles as counselors and teachers, it is in administration where they tend to […]

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Continuing education: management skills for more effective ministry

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”

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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Desperately needed: pastors who know the Bible and theology

While no one model for the “ideal pastor” exists, the work of pastors can be divided into three broad categories: (1) ministering the Word, (2) pastoral care, and (3) administration.

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Making MDiv residency work for busy pastors

Grand Canyon University (GCU) recently completed its second residency for the Master of Divinity (MDiv) program. GCU’s MDiv program within the College of Theology offers learning with interpersonal collaboration to develop and inspire future worship leaders.

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Church executives find quality, convenience in online education programs

When Barrington Goldson founded Calvary Tabernacle in Hempstead, NY, nearly 25 years ago, there were 19 congregants worshipping in a motel room. Now, Calvary hosts nearly 800 members in a 12,000-square-foot building every Sunday and supports two K-8 charter schools and 27 churches in five countries.

Getting from Point A to Point B required Goldson to further his education. So, in 2011, he enrolled in an online MBA degree program at Phoenix-based Grand Canyon University to learn to meet the demands of his growing church.

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Busy church leader? 5 tips for choosing a distance-based seminary program

By John Dyer “HOW CAN I GET THE DEPTH I NEED WITHOUT LEAVING THE PEOPLE I LOVE?” This was the question Cynthia Johnson, an energetic woman in her late 40s, asked me recently at a coffee shop in Nashville. She had a job she loved — running a battered women’s shelter nearby — but she […]

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Who has time for online continuing education? (Surprise! It’s not who you think.)

By Shawn Hussey, Ph.D. “WHO HAS TIME FOR THIS?” It’s the frequent cry of anyone considering furthering his or her education. Today, there’s little doubt we’re being asked to do more and more with less and less time. Many of us operate in a state of perpetual time poverty, which makes fitting in a 45-minute […]

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New “Continuing Education” eBook examines seminary training, Bibles/Bible software, online education, the M.Div. and more

In this insightful new eBook, various academic authors examine the continuing education landscape available to church executives, including: seminary training — more important than ever; the best Bibles and Bible software programs; the prevalence of online education for pastors; do you really need an M.Div. to pastor?; and the case for formal continuing education.

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