Formation for Ministry in American Methodism, now available

Nicole Burdakin
November 19, 2014

Russell E. Richey

Formation for Ministry in American Methodism: Twenty-first Century Challenges and Two Centuries of Problem-Solving, by Russell E. Richey, is a new publication that names and critically considers the potential future of formation for ministry in the digital age. The book also presents an overview of how the Methodist community in America has identified and formed its ministers since the late eighteenth century.

Published by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, Formation for Ministry in American Methodism is critically important reading for district committees on ordained ministry, candidates preparing for ordination interviews, boards of ordained ministry, district superintendents, bishops, seminary and Course of Study faculty, and all who are involved in forming the next generation of church leaders.

“Russ's book gives critical information for anyone involved in formation for ministry, not only because of the concise way he covers 230 years of our evolving history, but because of the way he helps us to configure and reconfigure our contemporary challenges in light of that history,” said Marjorie Suchocki, professor emerita of theology, United Methodist-related Claremont School of Theology.

“Many of those of us who were involved in theological education in the latter decades of the twentieth century assumed we had ‘arrived;’ that things were here to stay. How shortsighted!” Suchocki said. “This is essential reading for all who are involved in contemporary formation for ministry.”

“The book gives clarity to our historical practice of leadership formation, and points us forward as we face the challenges of our time. Richey has made a great contribution to our ongoing work, building on the sturdy foundation of our United Methodist heritage,” GBHEM General Secretary Kim Cape said.

Author Russell E. Richey is professor of Church History emeritus and former dean of United Methodist-related Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He serves as vice president of the Wesley Works Editorial Project and was a drafter for the General Conference Task Force to Study the Episcopacy.

Formation for Ministry in American Methodism: Twenty-first Century Challenges and Two Centuries of Problem-Solving (ISBN 978-0-938162-09-4) is available for $12.95 through the Cokesbury website here or call 1-800-672-1789 to order by phone.

Burdakin is editorial and production assistant, Office of Communications, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

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