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The Relational Teacher: Sharing Life as Vocational Essence

Cronshaw, Darren J. (2018) The Relational Teacher: Sharing Life as Vocational Essence. In: Wondering about God Together: Research Led Learning and Teaching in Theological Education. SCD Press, Sydney, pp. 338-351. ISBN 9781925730029

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Abstract

The essence of a theology teacher’s vocation is about ‘sharing life’ as a ‘relational teacher’. Andrew Root in The Relational Pastor (IVP 2013) argues that relationships are not merely a tool of ministry but its very goal. He contends that ministry grounded in ‘place-sharing’ and being with and for others is especially appropriate for our dawning new age, as well as consistent with the essence of Christianity as sharing in the life of others and the life of Christ. This chapter builds on Root’s analysis of ministry to explore the practice of teaching theology as ‘sharing life’ in several directions – sharing life with God in cultivating authentic spirituality, sharing life with faculty colleagues as team and sharing life mutually with students. It also considers how teaching serves to foster sharing life with the communities our students will serve as the ultimate point of evaluation. This is an exercise in reflective practice – establishing a theological basis for ‘The Relational Teacher: Sharing Life as Vocational Essence’ while reflecting personally on how I share life with God, colleagues, students and the world.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Theological education, relational ministry, Andrew Root, teamwork
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: D - Education Studies
College/Association with University of Divinity: Whitley College
Depositing User: Rev Prof Darren John Cronshaw
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2018 23:53
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2018 23:53
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3339

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