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Discernment: Theology and the Practice of Ministry

Discernment is a journal of practical theology. In language accessible to the church, it presents peer-reviewed work by scholar-practitioners describing Christian ministry in a broad array of contexts, exemplified by: congregational life; a particular ministry within a congregation (children’s ministry or youth ministry, for example); mission contexts, whether single or multi-congregational; ministry in cross-cultural settings; or Christian ministry in an extra-congregational environment (for example: disaster relief, care for the poor, or care for children and families). See the Aims and Scope for more information about the journal's coverage.

Current Issue: Volume 5, Issue 1 (2019)

Introduction

Since its inception, readers have downloaded over 5,000 copies of articles from Discernment: Theology and the Practice of Ministry. Those readers come from over 110 countries around the globe. Consequently, we encourage scholar/practitioners who have completed substantial work in practical theology to consider Discernment as a vehicle to share their hard-won wisdom. We are currently working on a number of new articles; those that exit the review process in the next few weeks will be added to this issue; those completed later will find a place in Issue 2, which will be published later this year.

In this issue, Mason Lee considers the value of virtue in dealing with the realities of how congregations read texts. Congregations that have learned to incorporate certain virtues into their character, both corporately and individually, are more likely to be able to work through significant differences in how individuals in that congregation read the text. In "Reading the Bible Together: The Virtue of Patience as a Resource for Navigating Interpretive Disagreements in Congregations," Lee presents patience as a key virtue in this regard.

Rains, Schroeder, and Bruner present "A Reader's Guide to Children's Ministry." As a field of study too few know well, children--and ministry with children--have become the focus of an increasing number of scholars and practitioners over the last several decades. These authors have surveyed this field of work, present and describe the most prominent books, and indicate their significance to the scholar, the minister, and the people in the pew.

Articles

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A Reader's Guide to Children's Ministry
Shannon Rains, Jennifer Schroeder, and Ron Bruner