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New Book from GBHEM Publishing: “Introduction to Theology for Ministry” by Elaine A. Robinson

September 13, 2017

The Publishing Office of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM), leadership development agency for the denomination, announced the release of a new book, “Introduction to Theology for Ministry” by Elaine A. Robinson. This book is ideal for teaching students the foundational beliefs of Christianity. 

Written from a United Methodist perspective, this book begins with scripture and is true to the Wesleyan heritage. “Introduction to Theology for Ministry” helps define theology— its history, method, and language. Robinson systemically discusses basic doctrines, including God, Christ, Holy Spirit, Church, Last Things, and Humanity.  

Robinson, professor of Methodist Studies and Christian Theology at Saint Paul School of Theology, has received endorsements from across the country. “This book is more than an excellent introduction to the study of theology,” said Henry (Hal) H. Knight III, Donald and Pearl Wright Professor of Wesleyan Studies and E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism, Saint Paul School of Theology.  

“Writing with clarity and insight, Dr. Robinson invites the reader into an engagement with the history, methods, and trajectories of Christian theology over the centuries,” said Larry M. Goodpaster (retired), bishop-in-residence, Candler School of Theology, Emory University. “She places Wesleyan theology within that broad stream and encourages us to connect that Wesleyan heritage with the practical realities of everyday ministry. This is a most helpful introductory volume for those just starting in ministry or those who need to review and expand their capacity for deliberative theological reflection.”

“Introduction to Theology for Ministry” is available at and For more information about GBHEM’s Publishing Office, visit Publications.

About GBHEM: As the leadership development agency of The United Methodist Church, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s mission is to build capacity for United Methodist lay and clergy leaders to discover, claim and flourish in Christ’s calling in their lives, by creating connections and providing resources to aid in recruitment, education, professional development and spiritual formation. Every elder, deacon and licensed local pastor benefits from our training and candidacy programs. Many young adults find help in clarifying their vocation and God’s call in their lives through our leadership and discernment programs. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @GBHEM.

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