68 Mercer L. Rev. 649 (2016-2017)
Professional Identity Formation throughout the Curriculum: Lessons from Clergy Education

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   Professional Identity Formation

       Throughout the Curriculum:

    Lessons from Clergy Education

                   by  Dr. Larry  A. Golemon*

   Clergy education is undergoing radical transformation in the United
States due  to changes in the  profession, the religious communities
served, and the larger landscape of higher education. Many reformers of
theological education question whether the education of pastors, priests,
and rabbis should be considered professional education at all. Some call
for less competence training and more formation of theological habits of
interpretation and reflection; others advocate for more practical and con-
textual training of skills and role-formation; and others emphasize the
formation of personal character and religious piety. Yet most of these re-
formers agree that the formation of pastoral and professional identity,
values, and vocation is central to the educational enterprise, and should
be addressed across the curriculum.'
  I approach this topic from the framework of the Carnegie Foundation's
studies of professional education, especially the study of the education of
pastors, priests, and rabbis put forth in Educating Clergy, 2 which I had
the privilege of participating in as a researcher and co-author. I continue


   *Executive Director, Washington Theological Consortium. Stanford University (A.B.,
1980); Yale University Divinity School (M.Div., 1984; S.T.M., 1986); Columbia Theological
Seminary (Th.M., 1993); Emory University (Ph.D., 1998). Member, American Academy of
Religion; ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (P.C.U.S.A).
    1. There are many critiques of the professional model of clergy education. See gener-
ally EDWARD FARLEY, THEOLOGIA: THE FRAGMENTATION AND UNITY OF THEOLOGICAL
EDUCATION (2001); DAVID KELSEY, BETWEEN ATHENS AND BERLIN: THE THEOLOGICAL
EDUCATION  DEBATE  (2011), http://www.religion-online.org/showbook.asp?title=437;
REBECCA S. CHOPP, SAVING WORK: FEMINIST PRACTICES OF THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION
(1995). For a new emphasis on leadership formation, see CRAIG VAN GELDER, THE
MISSIONAL CHURCH AND LEADERSHIP FORMATION: HELPING CONGREGATIONS DEVELOP
LEADERSHIP CAPACITY (2009).
    2. CHARLES FOSTER, LISA DAHILL, LAWRENCE GOLEMON & BARBARA TOLENTINO,
EDUCATING CLERGY: TEACHING PRACTICES AND PASTORAL IMAGINATION (2006).


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