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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. Blair Monie

Professor in The Louis H. and Katherine S. Zbinden Distinguished Chair of Pastoral Ministry and Leadership 
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Department(s) Church's Ministry Department, Faculty
Title(s) Professor in The Louis H. and Katherine S. Zbinden Distinguished Chair of Pastoral Ministry and Leadership
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 Listen to Dr. Monie's sermons here



Blair Monie holds a BA in English from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania (1970), a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary (1973), and a Doctor of Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary (1979), where his doctoral thesis focused on the supervision of seminarians in field education.  Dr. Monie has served as pastor of churches in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Texas—most recently as senior pastor of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas, where he served for 19 years.


Consistently committed to theological education, he supervised students in Princeton's "Teaching Church" program for nine years, and was a reader of DMin qualifying examinations for nine years at Princeton Seminary.  As a member of the General Assembly Council of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), he chaired the Congregational Ministries Division and served on the Committee on Theological Education.  In 2006, Dr. Monie chaired the Ecclesiology Committee of the 217th General Assembly, with responsibility for the Report of the Peace, Unity, and Purity Task Force of the denomination.  For four years at Preston Hollow, he mentored new seminary graduates in the Lilly Pastoral Residency program.

Having served for nine years as a trustee of Austin Seminary, in 2013, Monie was honored by a generous gift of Robert and Mary Wright of Dallas, establishing the Blair R. Monie Distinguished Chair in Homiletics. Monie is author of "Seven Days to Glory," a study of Holy Week, published by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Princeton Theological Seminary. 

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