Introduction to The Current Issue -- By: Owen H. Alderfer
Introduction to The Current Issue
The issue of the Ashland Theological Bulletin presented here centers upon a theme of widespread interest and concern of the times, namely, Christian ministries in the current situation. The approach is both theological and practical as the various writers discuss facets of the concern.
“The Word and the Tables” by Dr. Pfeiffer was the address at the occasion of the dedication of the new seminary apartment building in August of 1970. Dr. Pfeiffer presents a philosophy of Christian ministry calling the church to own the diverse aspects of its obligation to minister to the needs of men.
The second article is from the hand of one who has experienced a variety of ministries including the urban pastorate, counselor to delinquents, and professor of Bible and religion in a liberal arts school. From these perspectives George Spink asks the question “Who is a Minister?”
Five articles on a theme consider approaches to ministry in the seventies. These are statements from men representing a broad spectrum of experience over a large span of years. Each is writing from study and experience in the areas of his concerns. It is hoped that these articles will help the reader to develop a sympathetic understanding of various ministries and to consider the respective areas as potential callings in Christian ministering today. It is in no way implied that the five approaches here presented cover the gamut of possibilities in Christian ministry. They are but representative.
Owen H. Alderfer, Editor
Contributors To This Issue
OWEN H. ALDERFER is Professor of Church History at A. T. S.
J. THOMAS GRISSO serves as Assistant Professor of Psychology at Ashland College. A trained psychological counselor, a part of his teaching load includes psychological counseling of students.
CHARLES R. MUNSON is Professor of Practical Theology at A. T. S. For the past several years he has been personally involved in a ministry to campers near Loudonville, Ohio.
JAY G. MYERS has spent many years of his ministry as chaplain in state hospitals in Ohio. He was instrumental in helping shape the Pastoral Psychology and Counseling Program of A. T. S. now associated with Cleveland Psychiatric Center. He has served as director to a number of A. T. S. students in clinical training programs at Hawthorndon State Hospital near Cleveland.
CHARLES F. PFEIFFER, Adjunct Professor of Old Testament at A. T. S., represents wide experience in pastoral and teaching ministries. The author of many books and articles, he is currently Professor of Ancient Literature at Central Michigan University.
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