Ministry as Subversive Imagination
Age of the Overwhelm
National Clinical Training Seminars (NCTS) Conference - East
College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy
Loyola Retreat House, Morristown, NJ
November 4–5, 2019
Meet Our Guest Speaker
Robert C. Dykstra is the Charlotte W. Newcombe Professor of Pastoral Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, where he has served since 1997. He earned his Ph.D. and M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his B.A. from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. Before coming to Princeton, he taught at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary as assistant and then associate professor of pastoral theology and congregational care. Dykstra’s academic interests include pastoral care and counseling, psychoanalytic theory, developmental psychology, contemporary issues impacting children and adolescents, human sexuality, pastoral preaching, and the integration of biblical and theological precepts with research in the human sciences. He is on the editorial boards of Pastoral Psychology and the Journal of Childhood and Religion and is co-founder of the annual scholarly conference “Group for New Directions in Pastoral Theology.”
A native of Minnesota, Dykstra is a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and an ordained Presbyterian minister. He served for a number of years as a minister, youth minister, hospital chaplain, and pastoral counselor. His books include Finding Ourselves Lost: Ministry in the Age of Overwhelm (Cascade Books, 2018); The Faith and Friendships of Teenage Boys (Westminster John Knox Press, 2012), with Allan Hugh Cole Jr. and Donald Capps; Losers, Loners, and Rebels: The Spiritual Struggles of Boys, also co-authored with Cole and Capps (Westminster John Knox Press, 2007); Images of Pastoral Care: Classic Readings (Chalice Press, 2005); Discovering a Sermon: Personal Pastoral Preaching (Chalice Press, 2001); and Counseling Troubled Youth (Westminster John Knox Press, 1997). He is married to the Rev. Marguerite (Molly) Dykstra, also a Presbyterian minister. They have two daughters, Eleanor, 20, and Annie, 16, and live in Princeton, New Jersey.
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The Loyola Retreat House is at
161 James Street, Morristown, NJ 07960,
and can be reached by calling (973) 539-0740.
Registration deadline is 25-October 2019
Please read the registration options carefully - if you need to arrive the night before the conference, there is an option for early arrivals on Sunday, 3-November after 3 PM.
There is a $50 non-fundable deposit for cancellations.