Introduction to the Current Issue -- By: Owen H. Alderfer

Journal: Ashland Theological Journal
Volume: ATJ 09:0 (NA 1976)
Article: Introduction to the Current Issue
Author: Owen H. Alderfer

Introduction to the Current Issue

Owen H. Alderfer

The general theme for the Ashland Theological Bulletin for 1976 is “Frontiers in Ministry.” The three articles in the publication are summaries of doctoral studies completed by participants in the CHERS Doctor of Ministry program of the seminaries of the Ohio region. These three participants entered and proceded through the program by way of Ashland Theological Seminary.

As the articles reflect, this doctor of ministry program is highly self-directing with the motivation, focus, and direction of the program coming from the participant. Many of the components are designed and organized by the participant including Core Faculty, Support Group, Proposal, and Evaluation. These studies, then, were initiated by the participants and worked through upon their initiative under the overall direction of the Coordinating Council of the CHERS institution.

The studies here described represent new and creative approaches to ministry in several areas. The participants had no models to follow or designs to copy. Out of the need and challenge in the several contexts of ministry they hewed out programs for the situations. As such these articles represent frontiers in ministry.

Richard E. Allison, whose program dealt with adult Christian education, is a graduate of Ashland College (A.B.), Ashland Theological Seminary (M. Div.) and Goshen College Biblical Seminary (M.R.E.). He received the D. Min. degree in 1975. As a pastor in the Brethren Church, ordained in 1959, Dr. Allison held posts in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana. He concluded seven years of pastoral ministry at Jefferson Brethren Church, Goshen, Indiana in May of 1976 to devote full time to teaching responsibilities as Associate Professor of Christian Education at Ashland Theological Seminary. The writer holds posts in several major agencies of his denomination.

Donald R. Rinehart is a professor in the Religion Department of Ashland College, the context in which he carried out his program dealing with simulation gaming. He is currently serving as chairman of the department as well as active teacher. The experiences that Dr. Rinehart, an ordained minister in the Brethren Church, brings to his present position include seven years of teaching at Ashland College, four years of pastoral ministry in the Brethren Church in Ohio, two years of youth ministry and two years of teaching in the Tucson Public Schools.

His educational background includes the B.S. in Education, Ashland College, M.Ed., University of Arizona, and B.D. and M. Div., Ashland Theological Seminary. Dr. Rinehart received the D. Min. degree in 1974.

Charles G. Ronkos, whose pr...

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