Jean Halligan Vandergrift

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Congregation and Community, Congregational Transformation, Ecclesiology

Profile

My doctoral research interests are in the ministry of congregational transformation (sometimes referred to as church renewal or revitalization). In my 26 years of pastoral ministry, I have had to lead congregations challenged by declining membership, diminished spiritual vitality, and questions of institutional viability, particularly so in my last pastorate. In each of these contexts, it was always a struggle to lead them out of denial and into significant practical theological reflection and change, opting for new life. I felt called by God to try to understand this widespread contemporary phenomenon to the end of assisting the church, particularly my denomination – The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)- into more intentional and faithful praxis. One of my hypotheses thus far is that a congregation’s ecclesial identity, nurtured by theological reflection and practices such as preaching, is key to their success in transformation, though such identity has rarely been an explicit aspect of the variety of church renewal programs.

Contact

jehv@bu.edu

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  • Nancy Ammerman Professor of Sociology of Religion, School of Theology and Chair of the Department of Sociology, Boston University
  • Stephanie Arel Ph.D. Candidate in Practical Theology, Concentration: Church and Society
  • Karelynne Ayayo Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies
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  • Holly Benzenhafer Redford Ph.D. Student in Practical Theology, Concentration: Spirituality
  • Linwood Blizzard, II Ph.D. Student in Practical Theology, Concentration: Church and Society
  • Jacqueline Blue Ph.D. Student in Practical Theology, Concentration: Homiletics
  • Kathryn Common Ph.D. Student in Practical Theology
  • Brandon Crowley Ph.D. Student in Practical Theology, Concentration: Church and Society
  • Susan Forshey Ph.D. Cand. in Practical Theology, Concentration: Spirituality
  • Yohan Go Ph.D. Student in Practical Theology
  • Dongwon Goh Ph.D. Student in Practical Theology, Concentration: Spirituality
  • Courtney Goto Assistant Professor of Religious Education; Co-Director of the Center for Practical Theology; Core Examining Faculty in Practical Theology; Concentration Advisor in Religious Education
  • Barbara Green
  • Soren Hessler Ph.D. Student in Practical Theology, Concentration: Church Leadership and Administration
  • Teddy Hickman-Maynard Ph.D. Cand. in Practical Theology, Concentration: Evangelism
  • Robert Allan Hill Dean of Marsh Chapel; Chaplain to the University; Professor of New Testament and Pastoral Theology; Concentration Advisor in Pastoral Theology
  • Kathryn House Ph.D. Student in Practical Theology, Concentration: Church and Society
  • Francisca Ireland-Verwoerd PhD Student in Practical Theology, Concentration: Church and Society (Art and Theology)
  • David Schnasa Jacobsen Professor of the Practice of Homiletics, Director of the Homiletical Theology Project, Co-Director of the Center for Practical Theology; Core Examining Faculty Member in Practical Theology; Concentration Advisor in Homiletics
  • Christopher B. James Ph.D. Candidate in Practical Theology, Concentration: Church and Society, Evangelism
  • Seungyoun Jeong Ph.D. Student in Practical Theology, Concentration: Homiletics
  • Bob (Song Bok) Jon Ph.D. Student in Practical Theology, Concentration: Homiletics
  • Timothy Jones Ph.D. Student in Practical Theology, Concentration: Homiletics
  • Callid Keefe-Perry Ph.D. Student in Practical Theology, Concentration: Religious Education
  • Sang-il Kim Ph.D. Student in Practical Theology, Concentration: Religious Education
  • Marc Lavallee Assistant Professor of Practical Theology
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  • Du Se Lee Ph.D. Student In Practical Theology
  • Jae Guen Lee Ph.D. Student in Practical Theology, Concentration: Evangelism
  • Min Hyoung Lee Ph.D. Student in Practical Theology, Concentration: Church and Society
  • Patrick McLeod Harvard Chaplain for Cru
    Cru Boston Director
  • Mary Elizabeth Moore Dean of the School of Theology, Professor of Theology and Education, Co-Director of the Center for Practical Theology; Core Examining Faculty Member in Practical Theology; Concentration Advisor in Religious Education, Church and Society
  • Christine EunJoo Park Ph.D. Student in Practical Theology, Concentration: Pastoral Theology
  • David Penn Ph.D. Student in Practical Theology, Concentration: Church and Society
  • Shelly Rambo Associate Professor of Theology; Concentration Advisor in Church and Society
  • Jonathan Resmini Ph.D. Student in Practical, Concentration: Spirituality Studies
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  • Laurel Scott Th.D. Cand. in Practical Theology, Concentration: Church and Society
  • Andrew Shenton Associate Professor of Music, James R. Houghton Scholar of Sacred Music
  • Phillis Isabella Sheppard Associate Professor of Pastoral Psychology and Theology and Co-Director of the Center for Practical Theology
  • Timothy Snyder Ph.D. Student in Practical Theology, Concentration: Church and Society
  • Tara Soughers Ph.D. in Practical Theology:
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  • Dr. Tiffany Steinwert Dean of Hendricks Chapel, Syracuse University
  • Bryan P. Stone Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism; Co-Director of the Center for Practical Theology; Core Examining Faculty Member for Practical Theology, Concentration Advisor in Evangelism, Church and Society
  • Laura Stone Ph.D. Student in Practical Theology
  • Ashley Theuring Ph.D. Student in Practical Theology, Concentration: Church and Society
  • Andrew Tripp Ph.D. Cand. in Practical Theology, Concentration: Church and Society
  • Danielle Elizabeth Tumminio Ph.D. Cand. in Practical Theology, Concentration: Church and Society
  • Greg Van Buskirk Ph.D. Student in Practical Theology, Concentration: Church and Society
  • Jean Halligan Vandergrift Ph.D. Cand. in Practical Theology, Concentration: Congregation and Community
  • Diana Ventura Ph.D. Student in Practical Theology, Concentration: Spirituality
  • Michelle Walsh Ph.D. Cand. in Practical Theology, Concentration: Pastoral Theology
  • Karen B. Westerfield Tucker Professor of Worship, Concentration Advisor in Liturgical Studies
  • Lisa Beth White Ph.D. Student in Practical Theology, Concentration: Mission
  • Montague Williams Ph.D. Student in Practical Theology, Concentration: Church and Society
  • Claire E. Wolfteich Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Spiritual Formation, Co-Director for the Center for Practical Theology; Core Examining Faculty in Practical Theology, Concentration Advisor in Spirituality, Church and Society