Cynthia Gano Lindner

Director of Ministry Studies and Clinical Faculty for Preaching and Pastoral Care in the Divinity School




DMin (University of Chicago)

Cynthia Lindner received her training in the Divinity School's Doctor of Ministry program with emphases in biblical studies, ethics, and psychological studies. She has worked as a parish pastor, hospice chaplain, and pastoral psychotherapist for over twenty years. Teaching and research interests include questions of contemporary ministerial identity and formation, the ethics of preaching and pastoral care in multicultural society and the interface of corporate worship and public witness in congregational life. She recently published a book documenting her narrative research with clergy, entitled Varieties of Gifts: Multiplicity and the Well-Lived Pastoral Life (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016) and is currently researching multiplicity and movement in congregational narratives.Rev. Lindner is also a pastoral psychotherapist at the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy, where she conducts clergy groups on narrativity and formation in addition to her work with individuals and couples. She conducts research on collaborative pedagogy in theological education, and is currently conducting interviews with clergy for a research project entitled "Accounting for Ourselves: Multiplicity in Ministry," funded by the Louisville Institute. Rev. Lindner is a member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and of the International Association for Spiritual Care. 


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Current and Upcoming Courses

Ministry and Religious Leadership

CHRM 30500 Introduction to the Study of Ministry

CHRM 35102 Arts of Ministry: Ritual, Worship, Preaching and Teaching

CHRM 35200 Arts of Ministry: Pastoral Care and Counselling

CHRM 42800 Senior Ministry Thesis Seminar