Archive for September, 2010

The Future of Theological Education – Philip Forbes

In this essay I hope to reflect on and critically evaluate my experience of Theological Education and by drawing on this experience make suggestions about the future of theological education. I will begin by briefly talking about my own initial expectations concerning college and how I found that they developed as I learnt more about why I had come to study theological education. I will then look at how my experiences of Ikon outside of college influenced my own view of the Church and how I feel that the concerns raised by those experiences should be engaged by Theological institutions. Finally I will posit three challenges facing the future of Theological education and from these draw out goals that could be integrated into graduate profiles to help Theological Institutions with preparing their students for ministry.

Reflecting on Tehological Education Final.doc


Trends in Global Theological Education – Dr Paul Sanders

A Powerpoint presentation to the Centre for Theological Education by Dr Paul Sanders, 2009.


What is the Purpose of Theological Education? – Abraham Folayan

Theological Education (TE) is in a state of crisis in many parts of the world. The interrelated question of means and ends as well as aims and purposes continue to be raised. Issues of resources and governance, of priorities and faculty development seem to dominate the debates. According to Banks, only intermittently and in a limited way did discussion revolve around the aims and purposes of theological education – whether a TE institution is attaining its primary goal? Does it need to strike a better balance between spiritual formation, professional development, and academic excellence?[1]

What is the Purpose of Theological Educationab.doc

What Sort of leadership is Needed in Theological Education Today? – Kwame Asante Asabere

Every human organization needs somebody to be in the helm of affairs to steer both the human and non-human resources available to the organization to the desired vision of the organization concerned. The person who takes up this responsibility is referred to as the leader of the organization. Leadership, according to Walter Wright “is a relationship in which one person seeks to influence the thoughts, behaviours, beliefs, or values of another person.”[1]


The Role of the Teacher in Theological Education – Ramona Muresan

A great teacher can be defined by two simple words. Best friend. Who better to trust than a best friend? Who better to love and be loved in return than a best friend? Who better to gain knowledge from, than a best friend? Finally, who better to remember throughout the days of your life, than a best friend?

The role of the teacher.doc

Teaching Jesus’ Parables – Martin Weingaertner

Some years ago I was invited to preach in a pentecostal church in a slum neighbourhood.In this small congregation it was possible to engage the audience in an dialogue over the parable of the Fruitless Fig Tree (Luke 13.6-9). After the service three women came to me and said that they were delighted to discover that it is possible to understand and interpret the Bible in a similar way as they do whilst teaching literature.They explained that, up to this day, they thought Bible texts could only be applied, but not interpreted.

The challenges of teaching Jesus parables.pdf

Theological Education done in a Learning Community – Kwame Asante Asabere

“Theological Education is the training of men and women to know and serve God”.[1] A Community on the other hand is “a place of belonging, a place where people are earthed and find their identity. Of other course, people do not belong only to communities; some belong to gangs or sects, to clubs, to militant groups and other organizations which are not communities.”[2] The two definitions put together give an idea of men and women being trained to know and serve God in a place where there is a sense of belonging and not only that but are able to discover their gifts and know exactly what the Lord had called them to do in this life.

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