oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Transitions: Paradoxes in training for ministry

Volume 32, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



This article offers a study ofthe difficulties which the minister in training experiences in the field placement. During the years of academic study most young clergy place their emphasis on the theoretical knowledge taught to them through lectures and reading: What is outlined here is the need for supervised pastoral placements prior to the mInisters first full-time job. The paradoxes during this transition time are critically explored. The question about the validity of current training for mission and ministry is challenged. From this research it becomes apparent that further supervised field, placements are warranted, if the churches expect their young leaders to cope in a fast developing mission.

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