The Rev. Dr. William Kondrath
"While at EDS I have had the opportunity to consult to churches, synagogues, dioceses, and denominations. I also work as an antiracism, multicultural consultant and trainer for VISIONS, Inc. EDS is a community that supports my roles in these ministries. At the same time, my work and learning in these settings challenges me to rethink everything I teach in the classroom. It is that kind of intense cross-fertilization and reflective ministerial practice that gives EDS a thoroughly grounded pedagogy and theology.”
The Rev. Dr. William Kondrath, William Lawrence Professor of Pastoral Theology, draws on 20 years of congregational, campus, and hospital ministry to teach the practice of ministry. As Director of Theological Field Education, he trains lay leaders and clergy in the art and ministry of supervision and theological reflection. He has consulted with more than 100 Christian and Jewish congregations, schools, hospitals, and agencies on leadership, antiracism, multicultural staffing, and program development in the United States, New Zealand, Australia, and Mauritius.
His book, God’s Tapestry: Understanding and Celebrating Differences (Alban Institute, 2008) is an aid to congregations hoping to renew and transform. His other publications include Liberating Leadership: Styles for Pastoral Ministry (Harper & Row), in collaboration with Bernard Swain; “Transitioning from Charismatic Founder to the Next Generation,” Journal of Religious Leadership, Fall 2010; “Styles of Ministerial Leadership” in Human Development; “Field Education and Clinical Pastoral Education: Desired Outcomes from the Perspective of Those Making Decisions about Ordination” and “The Role of Feelings as Messengers in Supervision and Theological Reflection” in The Journal of Supervision and Training. His new book, Facing Feelings in Faith Communities will be published by Alban Institute in the Summer 2013. In April 2013, Bill became the President of the Academy of Religious Leadership.