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Management skills for more effective ministry

How the Villanova University Master of Science in Church Management Degree is building capacity for leadership The popular myth says that leaders are born, not made. Not so, according to the Very Reverend John P. Bambrick, V.F., pastor of St. Aloysius Church in Jackson, NJ, and a graduate of Villanova School of Business’ Master of […]

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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

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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Can seminaries prepare students for the real world?

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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Making the MDiv personal

By design, MDiv degrees develop competency in ministry skills. That’s a given.
But, at Ashland Theological Seminary, the process starts, continues — and concludes — with an emphasis on personal formation, as well.

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Continuing education options for busy pastors–new eBook available

Discover how an advanced-degree can prepare you to lead your church more effectively. From Christian leadership, to urban and cross-cultural ministry and beyond, this eBook can open the door to various fields in Christian ministry.

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