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Jean Morris Trumbauer
Professor in the Practice of Advanced Ministry


M.A. United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
D.Min. United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities

Teaching and Research

systems approaches to shared ministry in congregations
gifts-based ministry and gifts discernment
leadership development in congregations
models for theological reflection
renewing ministry in the North American context
content analysis

Courses Offered

CL541   Empowering Lay Leadership
DM150-DM390   All D.Min. courses

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Superior Journey: Diary of a Dream
Galde Press, 2004
Transforming Rituals
Roy M. Oswald with Jean Morris Trumbauer
The Alban Institute, 1999
Created and Called: Discovering Our Gifts for Abundant Living
Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 1998
Sharing the Ministry: A Practical Guide for Transforming Volunteers into Ministers
Minneapolis: Augsburg 1995, rev. ed. 1999

Articles and Essays (since 2000)

The Journey from Church Volunteers to Ministers.” The Clergy Journal. (May/June 2011).

“Sharing the Ministry across Generations.” Across the Generations. Edited by Vicky Goplin. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2001.

“Gifts-Based Shared Ministry Systems: Living Out a New Image of Church.” Congregations: The Alban Journal. 26, no. 6 (November /December 2000).

Next Writing Projects

(1) A study of women and their life dreams and passions
(2) A story of traveling the rim of the continental United States and our personal and communal boundaries, horizons, and edges.


Jean has directed Doctor of Ministry programs both at United and the Minnesota Consortium of Theological Schools. Prior to that, she ministered as a church consultant and leadership development specialist across the United States for over two decades. Jean has also served in professional ministry for two local congregations and directed an ecumenical group of churches called TRUST in cooperative church and community programming.

Regular Topics for Presentation

Upcoming Presentations

Contact Jean at 651.255.6127.

I have a passion for wilderness, the beauties and sounds of nature, and the feel of a good trail under my boots. I find my Gunflint Trail cabin my spiritual soul place, a Labrador often my spiritual and out-of-doors companion, and I treasure sharing the journey with my colleagues, friends, and family. I am an avid reader, and writing always points me ‘True North!’

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“I am committed to seeing a church of ordained clergy and lay people serve as cherished partners in the ongoing co-creation and restoration of God’s universe. I am particularly interested in theologies of process and liberation that set people free to be their whole selves and use their unique gifts for ministry throughout their lives. Theological reflection processes are a real joy to me in working with students. And I am deeply concerned for human community, peace-making, and justice for our earth.”


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