Transformational learning theory describes the learning process that leads to deep change in adults. Transformational learning research has been conducted and described from within the discipline of adult education (Loder, 1981; Loder & Fowler, 1981; Mezirow, 1991; Taylor, 2000). The purpose of this research is to describe transformational learning from the perspective of practical theology, based on pastors’ observations of transformational learning in their ministries. With contextualized knowledge, ministry leaders can more readily foster transformational learning through ministry practices, including teaching, preaching, and counseling.
Key Words: adult learning, Loder, Mezirow, pastoral ministry, qualitative research, transformational learning, transformative learning