called the pastoral ministry “the first office of the church,” and
preparation of women and men for the pastoral ministry is still at the
center of the mission of Princeton Seminary.
This issue of
inSpire looks at the pastoral ministry in several ways. The
preaching task is considered in the reflections of two of PTS’s newest
professors, Dr. Sally Brown, who teaches preaching, and
Dr. Nancy Lammers
Gross, who teaches speech communication in ministry. Kent Annan explores
the unique ministry of pastors who are called to start new churches in his
article on new church development, and gives attention to the
shortage of pastors in the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Barbara Chaapel writes about what PTS alums and faculty who attended a
preaching conference in Montreat believe it means to be a pastor today.
And look for
Student Life stories about how two current students deepened
their commitment to the pastoral ministry: one through a challenge to
minister in Uganda, the other through conversations with her college
pastor and in a field education internship.
Outstanding in the Field shares the story of David Norwood and the small
congregation he pastors in Washington State that is made up of Native
American locals, Hispanics and Filipino immigrant families, and Anglo
And PTS professor of ministry and evangelism
Jack Stewart asks in
Things what he believes to be the key question for the church today: what
is pastoral leadership?