MINISTRY FOR TOMORROW by Nathan M. & Charles L. Taylor Pusey


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In 1964, the General Assembly of the Episcopal Church created a committee to inquire into the state of its education of candidates for the priesthood. The president of Harvard served as chairman; the retired Executive Director of the American Association of Theological Schools. Dr. Charles Taylor, who served as director of the study, is main the author of this report. The outcome is not altogether encouraging. The study surveys the current situation in the world in which the church must function, the role of the ordained clergy, and various aspects of seminary education. But the report is also disappointing in the essentially cautious, if not conservative, tone of its findings. Reliance is placed on secondary sources for much of its survey of the world of the church; and the account of the functions of the ordained clergy seems a times to substitute sermonic defense for thorough analysis. While brief allusion is made to a few experiments in theological education, little attention is given to a study of the whole educational process followed by seminaries. The general impression that results is that this study, like others in the field, fails in its objectives because it makes too little use of resources and expert counsel from outside the seminaries. The church is again talking to itself.

Pub Date: Sept. 15th, 1967
Publisher: Seabury