Reflections on the Continuing Education of Pastors and Views of Ministry

Kent L. Johnson

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 10/1/1988

Issue: Feminism (Vol. 8, No 4, Fall, 1988)

Many have recognized as well that adult participation in parish education programs is not what it might be. Leon McKenzie identifies that, however, as only a symptom. He claims that the real problems in adult education are: (1) that it is dominated by a caste system (mostly pastors) who make all the decisions about adult education in parishes; (2) that it focuses almost exclusively on formative rather than critical education; (3) that it is fixed on theological-biblical content to the exclusion of all other adult interests; (4) that it is supervised by persons who are poorly prepared to give leadership to adult education; and (5) that it is conceived in a research vacuum. The 1986-87 academic year afforded an opportunity to test some of McKenzie’s assumptions about pastors and their relationship to adult education. At the same time, it provided an opportunity to inquire as to what motivated pastors to attend continuing education events, and to solicit suggestions for future course offerings.

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