In the initial pages of this journal, we provide an explanation of its mission—rigorous and accessible conversation among those working at the intersection of theology and ministerial practice. We list the obstacles to that conversation, and the means by which this journal overcomes them. This essay also imagines and describes various settings in which an e‐journal containing the work of scholar‐practitioners might usefully serve the academy and the church.

Author Bio

Ron Bruner, DMin, is the editor of Discernment: Theology and the Practice of Ministry. He has served as the executive director of the Westview Boys’ Home in Hollis, Oklahoma since 1999. Bruner currently serves as the president of the board of Christian Child and Family Services Association. He has a BS in Business and an MA in Ministry from Oklahoma Christian University. Bruner did MDiv and DMin work at Abilene Christian University, which he completed in 2010. He has a scholarly interest in practical theology, especially in the areas of intergenerational, student, and children’s ministry. Alongside Dana Kennamer Pemberton, Bruner has co‐edited a book available in September 2015: Along the Way: Conversations about Children and Faith. His work has paid particular attention to at‐risk youth and their unique challenges.