Richards Divinity School Supports Work of Church Pastors


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Dr. George Harding, of Loma Linda University, shares with pastors from Southeastern California and Southern California how they can better relate to their church members.

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More than 250 pastors from Southeastern California and Southern California Conference churches attended “The Desk and the Pulpit: Collaborating for Ministry,” sponsored by La Sierra University’s HMS Richards Divinity School.

One of a series of events celebrating the Divinity School’s inaugural year, this day long event was designed to introduce pastors to the resources available to support their ministries. The day’s highlight session featured Divinity School faculty members each discussing the text “Jesus wept” from the perspectives of their areas of specialization. Individual faculty shared Biblical, archaeological, historical, theological, ethical, faith development and homiletical resources during their presentations.

Another practical session featured Dr. George Harding, from the Loma Linda University Department of Psychology, discussing ‘Your Relationship with Your Parishioners.”

Pastors also toured the Divinity School’s on-campus resource centers — the Hancock Center for Youth and Family Ministry; the HMS Richards Library; the Stahl Center for World Service; and the Center for Near Eastern Archaeology.

For more information about the Divinity School’s resources, centers, tours, and events, visit

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