Brief Ministry Introduction: Rev. Dr. Ken G. Crawford, DMin
Ken Crawford is on a quest to help individuals and churches understand and embrace the multivocal nature of our lives as the way in which we are made in God’s image for relationship and good works. We are individually multifaceted beings, and each facet longs for healthy expression and integration with the others in a synchronous harmony. The same can be true of any expression of community, and particularly of the church, which we image as the Body of Christ, the continuation of the incarnation. Ken lives his own multivocality in part through several professional streams:
- Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Vital Ministry – http://www.iVitalMinistry.org
- Lead Pastor, Central Christian Church (DoC) Dallas
- Author, Poet, Blogger, Speaker, Teacher, Trainer, Consultant
- Life and Leadership Coach, Spiritual Director, Pastoral Counselor
In each of these expressions Ken’s goal is the same – to explore and articulate the wholeness that God intends for humanity and all of creation, and thereby support individuals and groups in their unfolding awareness of God’s full calling upon their lives – to live as Christ in the world.
Ken earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Perkins School of Theology, SMU with a focus in Missional Church Studies. His thesis, entitled: “Transforming Vocations – Journeys in the New Pastoral Economy: Conversations with clergy moving from traditional parish ministry toward ‘what’s next.’” is a study of the vocational lives of 7 pastors, including Ken, who spent numerous years in full time parish ministry, and have since journeyed on into various new multivocal expressions of their unfolding understanding of call. You can read the abstract here: http://kengcrawford.com/ivm/dmin-thesis-abstract/
Ken is ordained to Christian ministry by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). His MDiv is from Brite, TCU. He has earned professional certifications in Coaching, Spiritual Direction and Pastoral Care. He completed four units of CPE Hospital Chaplaincy Training at the Dallas VA Medical Center. He taught courses at Jarvis Christian College and Kilgore College, in the areas of New Testament, Christian Ethics and Philosophical Ethics.
He and his wife, an English teacher in public schools, have two teenage children, a daughter and a son. They enjoy walking, reading, sailing, and spending time at the beach.