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Missional Church and the Doctor of Ministry Degree

George R. Hunsberger

Abstract


It is the thesis of this essay that educating clergy in the absence of
focal attention to ecclesiology is insufficient. Further, it argues that it is a distinctly missional ecclesiology that holds particular promise for the critical moves necessary if ecclesiology is to be taken seriously. The essay offers three lines of exploration to demonstrate the kinds of critical moves implicated when a missional ecclesiology is taken seriously in advanced programs for clergy learning: practical theology viewed in ecclesiological perspective; contextual theology viewed in missional perspective; and contextualization viewed in eschatological perspective.

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