Theory Matters in Ministry

What I learned lecturing to Asian American Pastors.   Early in March 2016, I was invited to Seattle Pacific University (SPU) to do one of the most terrifying things for a Christian layperson to do: teach pastors how to do ministry. Technically, the course fell under a few areas in which I’m supposed to have some academic competence – theology and social theory, Asian American studies, cultural geography. But it was still nerve-wracking for someone working in what populists disparage as the “Ivory Tower” to realize that the collective ministry experience among my students far exceeded my years on...

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