Formation for ministry: dilemmas and perspectives

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This article addresses the need for formation in the education of future ministers within a Christian community from a specific angle. Starting with a provisional definition of formation and ministry, this article elaborates on three aspects of formation for ministry that comprise of dilemmas it faces: whether spiritual formation is manageable; to what degree embeddedness in church-practices and academic reflection are contradictory; and whether theology is about content or method. This article opens up a new way of thinking through formation for ministry from the angle of liturgical formation as a possible way to deal with the three dilemmas noted.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFaithful efforts
Subtitle of host publicationFormation, education and the Church
EditorsBram de Muynck, Roel Kuiper
Place of PublicationKampen
PublisherSummum Academic Publications
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9789492701343
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Theological Education
  • Liturgy
  • Reformed Theology


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