In each issue of the Outlook, we include a discussion guide to further reflect on the issue. We recommend using this guide in your Bible study, small group or book club. It's our invitation into a faithful conversation.
What do you think about the contrast the author makes between management and leadership?
Bolsinger states that leaders seeking change usually encounters resistance but to become effective leaders
they need to develop resilience. What do you think about that statement?
Forging steel into useful implements and hewing hope from a stone are images used to describe how leaders develop resilience. What are some of your thoughts about this concluding section of the article?
Reread the paragraph that begins, “We are certainly living a borderland existence …” What follows is naming four different borderlands. What are some experiences or observations you have related to these borderlands?
To what extent do you think “living at the borderlands”is an appropriate metaphor for describing where the church finds itself today?
In what ways do you think theological education can equip leaders to guide congregations that are ministering at the borderlands?
Reflect on the final paragraph of the article that begins, “We have clearly arrived at our end-of-time.” What thoughts, emotions, or questions does that paragraph evoke for you?
Barbara Wheeler presents a brief historical overview of theological education from the 18th century to the present. What are some thoughts, reflections or questions you have about that summary?
In Ted Smith’s The End of Theological Education, he uses the term “imaginaries” “… to describe clusters of concepts, institutional forms and values that define a society.” Reread the paragraphs in which Wheeler reflects on Smith’s theories. What are some new ideas and questions that come to mind?
Reread the paragraph that begins, “I would argue that the new imaginary requires strenuous efforts …” What are some ways you can think of or imagine for churches and seminaries to rebuild and reorient themselves?
Donald L. Griggs, a PC(USA) pastor, has served as associate minister for Christian education for several congregations and is a former teacher at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. He has written numerous books, including Called to Teach, A Collection of 16 Essays, and Teaching and Preaching in Jesus’ Name: Eighteen Inspiring Bible Passages.