Aims & Scope

Discernment: Theology and the Practice of Ministry (Discernment) presents work describing Christian ministry in a broad array of contexts: 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).

Content Genres: The types of articles considered for publication in Discernment will include but are not limited to:

  • Summaries of Doctor of Ministry theses or key aspects of that work;
  • Retrospectives that examine how the work done in a project/thesis five or more years ago continues to function or evolve in the work of the minister or ministry;
  • Reader's guides that review key literature in a focused field of practical theology;
  • Book reviews that provide scholarly critical reviews of significant and recent publications in practical theology or ministry,
  • Re-contextualization and application of previously documented ministerial interventions to a new situation; or
  • Essays by scholar-practitioners that bring theory and practice together in creative and effective ways.

Each submitted article undergoes a peer-review process intended to assure a high standard of work for each issue of the journal. Although authors may have written extensively about this work in a project/thesis, they will have neither published this article nor have submitted it simultaneously to another publication.

Articles in Discernment do not necessarily represent the views of the editor, the editorial board, or the publisher. Responsibility for the facts and the opinions in these articles remains with the author; the work of the editor and editorial board is to engage submissions in a peer-reviewed process to select articles for publication consistent with the mission of the journal.