Reimagining Pastoral Education and Training
The ministry’s mission is grounded in a burden to help reduce Pastor burnout which leads to
family crises and congregational chaos. Mistakes made early in the ministry because of the lack
of vocational training, despite educational credentials, can leave scars that extend through
generations. The blight of pastoral burnout must be met head-on with a program of ministry that
is focused on the Fulfillment of the Great Commission of Jesus Christ and the Education and
Training for pastoral ministry across the stages of life and career
The mission of the Kennedy Institute is to shepherd shepherds who will shepherd the flock of Christ through research, writing, and resources.
The vision of the Kennedy Institute is to reimagine pastoral education and training so that ministers, their families, and the congregations (and institutions) they serve are strengthened for sustainable spiritual health for generations of faithful gospel Ministry.
SHEPHERDING THE SHEPHERDS WHO SHEPHERD THE FLOCK.
NEW MONOGRAPH SERIES
Sojourners in a Strange Land: Public Theology in the Secular Age
Biblical Resources Addressing Contemporary Issues
The Kennedy Institute continues the tradition with Dr. D James Kennedy in applying biblical theology to the front-page issues of the day. These are accomplished through the publication of white papers, books, podcasts, and other published materials for the larger church, both nationally, and globally.
Sojourners in a Strange Land is a monograph series for the church. There are challenges to living a faithful Christian life in a Secular Age. These challenges must be faced pastorally and faithfully.
The mission is to produce a series of 12 monographs that will be published by an imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers as an e-book. After the twelve monographs are published, on twelve topics concerning Christian living, the publisher will combine the monographs to create a single volume.
The vision of DJK Institute’s Monograph Series on Public Theology is to demonstrate theological reflection with both scholarship and pastoral application for believers living faithfully in a secular age.
― Values are nonnegotiable core convictions that provide guidance for the project. ―
- The inerrancy and infallibility of the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments;
- The catholic creed of Christendom, viz., the Apostles Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed);
- The faithful summary of doctrine taught in Scripture as contained in the Westminster Confession of Faith, and its Larger and Shorter Catechisms;
- Education (information) must be wed to training (formation) to prepare one to serve the Church of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in Word and Sacrament;
- Education and Training must employ multimodal means for both teaching and learning, and apprenticeship (internship, residency, fellowship, and lifelong learning)
The following values guide the Kennedy Institute:
The Philosophy of Ministry
The Philosophy of Ministry of the Kennedy Institute is summarized in this statement: Public
theology in the Church’s service.
- The Kennedy Institute is a Christian Think Tank dedicated to research that brings sustainable spiritual health to pastors and congregations.
- The Kennedy Institute, as a Christian think-tank, produces scholarly research papers, position papers and seeks to advance the mission of The Institute new articles, books, monographs, and electronic publications that supports the Vision and Mission of The Institute.
- The Kennedy Institute Leverage is research and writing to produce resources that fulfill the vision and mission of The Institute. These resources include: Reimagining Pastoral Education and Training: An initiative of supporting the Vision and Mission of the Institute by developing and deploying a multimodal system of education and training aimed at lifting the burden of pastoral burnout and its numerous pathological consequences. Specifically, Reimagining Pastoral Education and Training is the Institute’s comprehensive program of study and apprenticeship that supports the pastor (or other expressions of ordained ministry) and congregation from seminary internship (supervised ministry practicum for each seminary course) to residency (the first year following graduation from seminary, taking place at the newly ordained minister’s place of service; involving 12 pastoral competencies delivered online and on-the-ground, with a carefully designed system of [asynchronous online] lectures by senior practitioners, ministry experience with verbatim, and supervised theological reflection), fellowship (seminary + 5 years in which the minister enters a doctor of ministry [or similar] program for the purpose of theological reflection, vocational renewal, and scholarly contribution to an area of need in Gospel ministry), and lifelong learning (multimodal
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