From 1998 to 2017, Dan Aleshire was executive director of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS). He began work with ATS in 1990. Previously, he taught at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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How are the practices of ministry understood and how are they learned? Is there an organizing principle for all the functions of ministry, or do…