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Spirituality in Ministerial Formation

The Dynamic of Prayer in Learning

Spirituality in Ministerial Formation traces the origin and evolution of the formation model of training and identifies important differences this theological paradigm makes to present practice. Uncovering significant and surprising functions for prayer in the learning process through first-hand accounts by ordained clergy and tutors, this volume identifies the practical implications of this research and offers creative ideas for renewing our understanding of how prayer works in the teaching of spirituality. Of interest to a wide group of theological educators and students, this is essential reading for those interested in a clearer articulation of spirituality in education and our present culture and context.

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“Andrew Mayes’s book is a treasure trove of insights for everyone involved in ministerial formation. It brings together a much-needed analysis of the concept of formation in different Church traditions and texts with an empirical study of perspectives from recently ordained ministers and college and course staff. His concluding recommendations are at once highly practical and deeply challenging; they should be studied carefully by anyone involved in planning programmes for Christian ministry. The book models the integration it commends of intellectual inquiry, practical engagement and prayerful reflection.”

Jeremy Worthen, South East Institute for Theological Education

Table of Contents



Part I

Formation Past and Present


1        Models of theological education in the first millennium

2        Models of theological education in the second millennium

3        The advent of the formation paradigm in Roman Catholic and Anglican traditions

4        Perspectives on formation in the Free Church and Orthodox traditions

5        Emerging themes, contemporary issues, research questions

Part II

The Role of Prayer in Formation: Findings and Reflections


6        Theological and empirical approaches to prayer

7        Life-giving waters: towards a pneumatology of formation

8        Dark waters: formation, prayer and the experience of inner change

9        The meeting of the waters: formation, prayer and theological knowing

10    Rivers in the desert: formation, prayer and postmodern mission

Part II

Possibilities for the Future


11    Conclusion: benefits of the formation paradigm and proposals for renewed practice



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