Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Matthew Floding, director of Ministerial Formation and Field Education at Duke Divinity School, has co-edited a book on a variety of approaches to theological reflection in ministry.

Brimming with God: Reflecting Theologically on Cases in Ministry, was published in August by Pickwick Publications of Wipf and Stock Publishers. It was co-edited by Floding and Barbara J. Blodgett, the Donald and Lillian Nunnelly Assistant Professor of Pastoral Leadership at Lexington Theological Seminary in Lexington, Ky.

The book seeks to address the yearning by pastors, students, supervisors, and mentors who want to think theologically about their ministries but often feel unprepared to do so. Brimming with God not only offers a definition of and rationale for theological reflection, but also models various approaches to it in case studies in theological education and pastoral practice.

Floding also directs The Friendship House program, a residential ministerial formation opportunity in which Duke Divinity School students and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities live together in community. An ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America, he has served as pastor, college chaplain, and director of field education at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Mich. He is the general editor of and a contributor to Welcome to Theological Field Education! and a past chair of the Steering Committee of The Association for Theological Field Education.

Blodgett, the director of supervised ministries at Yale Divinity School from 1998 to 2009, is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ (UCC) who also has served in parish ministry and at the national level of UCC.