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Michael Jinkins contributes to new text on practical theology

Mar 09, 2012
Michael Jinkins, President of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, is a contributor to The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Practical Theology (Blackwell Publishing, 2012), a new comprehensive textbook that provides a survey, description, and analysis of practical theology as a major area of Christian study and practice.

Edited by Vanderbilt Professor Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore, the book is compiled as a series of essays by leading experts in the field, covering historical developments, key issues, leading figures, and a range of methods for studying theology in practice, including such theological education disciplines as pastoral care and preaching. Practical Theology covers the field in a range of global contexts and distinct Christian traditions, with application that is relevant to everyday life.

Jinkins’ chapter on Religious Leadership traces the historical perspectives of leadership in the church by exploring the various biblical, classical, and modern models for understanding leadership that have been employed within Christian traditions. Although the study and teaching of leadership in the context of theological education may be underdeveloped, Jinkins says, he explains how an interdisciplinary approach to this area can advance the overall study and practice of practical theology.

In addition to Dr. Jinkins are several other contributors with ties to Louisville Seminary, including former professors Dale P. Andrews, Distinguished Professor of Homiletics, Social Justice and Practical Theology the Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion, Vanderbilt University, on Race and Racism; John S. McClure, Charles G. Finney Professor of Preaching and Worship at the Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion, Vanderbilt University, on Homiletics; and Nancy J. Ramsay, Executive Vice President, Dean, and Professor of Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Care at Brite Divinity School, on Emancipatory Theory and Method.

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