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Students at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, where the Rev. Dr. John W. Kinney served as senior vice president and dean. Photo courtesy of Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology

John W. Kinney: Theological education and the needs of students and the church

In an era when ministry is rapidly changing, theological schools must be more sensitive to the needs of both students and the church, even if it means questioning long-held approaches, says the pastor and theological educator.

L. Roger Owens and the Rev. Patrice L. Fowler-Searcy meet at a coffeeshop in the East Liberty neighborhood. Fowler-Searcy has spent two decades serving the church and helping revitalize the community; she shares her wisdom and experience with Owens and his students. Photos by Alexander Catedral

Seminary students and their professor benefit from the wisdom of a local pastor

How does a seminary professor keep learning once he has left the parish? L. Roger Owens found a teacher in the Rev. Patrice L. Fowler-Searcy, who has worked to revitalize the East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

Mount Vernon Presbyterian School in Atlanta calls itself a "maker community." Students from preschool to high school learn by solving problems and building prototypes. Photos courtesy of Mount Vernon Presbyterian School

Christian school embraces design thinking to help form creative, empathetic citizens

Mount Vernon Presbyterian School in Atlanta wasn't satisfied with only changing its physical space and teaching methods. School leaders also created a nonprofit institute to encourage other educators to adopt the model.  

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