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Discerning your role as a local, popular, or ecclesial pastor theologian.
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Gerald, I have been encouraged by a fellow colleague in ministry to consider pursuing more education. The challenge has been. Do I have the time, the patience, and the means to fulfill such exhaustive work. At this point my mind is considering a Th.M. to unearth if I have the means to go further. With an M.Div complete I have the study capacities for graduate work but don't know if I have the patience. I am considering the Th.M to see do I have what it takes to accomplish the research and the skills to write extensively. I appreciate your perspective in this article. I was just at the Desiring God, pastor's conference and picked up your book, The Pastor Theologian. I navigated through a couple dozen pages and have found it a good work. Thanks for your excellence in writing. Some day when I am down visiting with my folks I would love to share a lunch with you to catch up on life.
I believe the D-Min is a great choice for the local pastor-theologican and a reasonable option for the popular pastor-theologian. I am completing my D-min and highly value it both for pastoral ministry and academic understanding.
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