Dr. Osmer calls to the table the church congregation on getting caught up in the program of ministry and missing the calling of God.
From the Spring 2008 Convocation at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Richard Osmer is Princeton Theological Seminary’s Thomas W. Synnott Professor of Christian Education. He holds an MDiv from Yale University and a PhD from Emory University. His interests include the teaching ministry of congregations, practical theology, and interdisciplinary thinking, and his courses cover educational psychology and practical theology, children’s literature in Christian moral education, confirmation and catechism, and the social functions of religion, ethics, and education in theories of modernity and postmodernity. An ordained Presbyterian minister, he chairs the Committee to Write New Catechisms for the Presbyterian Church (USA).
His publications include: A Teachable Spirit: Recovering the Teaching Office of the Church (Westminster John Knox Press, 1990)
Confirmation: Presbyterian Practices in Ecumenical Perspective (Geneva Press, 1996)
The Teaching Ministry of Congregations (Westminster John Knox Press, 2005)
Thomas W. Synnott Professor of Christian Education, Princeton Theological Seminary: Dr. Richard Osmer