Between Text and Context: Practical Theology and Ministry of Equipping

From: Volume 14, Issue 2: Fall 2017, Equipping Church Members for Ministry Pages 391-404


Equipping the saints for ministry is a primary work of the local church. However, the task of constructing equipping ministries requires theological and contextual reflection. This article argues that as theological educators, we must teach our students to exercise practical theological methods in order to develop an effective ministry of equipping. The article will first explore the underpinnings of practical theology, culminating in a closer look at the model posited by Richard Osmer. Engaging Osmer’s model, the article will engage a case study to show how practical theology aids the congregational leader in formulating theologically faithful and contextually relevant equipping ministries.

Key Words: practical theology; equipping; church ministry; case study



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