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The Department of the Church's Ministry

The Department of the Church's Ministry engages in practical theology, which consists of critical and constructive theological reflection on the practices of the community of faith. God calls people through the church to engage in a number of diverse practices in the course of Christian ministry. This department organizes these practices into the following areas: Christian Education, Leadership and Administration, Mission and Evangelism, Pastoral Care, and Preaching and Worship. Each of these areas of theological inquiry finds its roots in scripture, its foundational doctrines articulated within the tradition, its practices changing throughout history, and its methods in conversation with the social sciences. Consequently through biblical and historical study, theological analysis, and interdisplinary dialogue, this department assists students to gain the understanding and skills necessary to being faithful participants in the ministry of the church.


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Rev. Dr. Timothy Lincoln

Associate Dean for Institutional Effectiveness 
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Location(s) Stitt Library
Department(s) Church's Ministry Department, Faculty
Title(s) Associate Dean for Institutional Effectiveness, Director of the Stitt Library, Research Professor in Theological Education
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BA, Concordia College (Moorhead, Minn.), 1976

MDiv, Yale University Divinity School, 1981

MS, Simmons College, 1992

Comprehensive Exam: Texas A&M University case study

Graduate Portfolio: Religious Studies, "Religion and Empire."

PhD, The University of Texas at Austin, 2009, Dissertation: "The Seminary Experience: Conceptual Worlds of First-Career and Second-Career Students."



Dr. Timothy Lincoln joined the Austin Seminary faculty as director of the library in 1994. He was appointed Associate Dean for Seminary Effectiveness in 2005. Previously he had served as periodicals librarian at the Maryknoll School of Theology (Maryknoll, NY) and as a pastor in Detroit Lakes, MN.

In 2002, he co-authored a successful $1.5 million grant from the Lilly Endowment to support pastoral excellence through learning cohorts. In addition to his responsibilities for library leadership, institutional planning, and assessment at the Seminary, Dr. Lincoln has been active in the American Theological Library Association as a committee member and workshop leader. He currently is a member of the ATLA board of directors. He has served on a number of evaluation committees for the Association of Theological Schools and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In 2012, he became the treasurer of The Council of Southwestern Theological Schools.

Dr. Lincoln has published in a variety of journals, including Feminist Theology, Theological Education, Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality, and Theological Librarianship. His current research projects focus on the adoption of e-texts and e-reading devices in theological libraries.

Dr. Lincoln is an ordained minister of the Southwestern Texas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a member of Peace Lutheran Church, Austin.


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