The Sacred/Secular Divide and Theological Education
The 2012 ICETE Global Triennial Consultation in Nairobi considered the theme Rooted in the Word, Engaged in the World. Three years later in Turkey, this Consultation responded critically to two fundamental questions: even if we are rooted and engaged, how do we know that we are effective in accomplishing our mission? How might we measure the impact of theological education on both Church and Society?
The ICETE Manifesto on the Renewal of Evangelical Theological Education affirms “Our theological programmes must become manifestly of the church, through the church and for the church.” However, in many cases theological education empowers only an elite, and not all the people of God.
In reality, there remains a divide between those who serve in full-time or formal ministry, and those who seek to serve faithfully in “secular” positions. How should theological educators address this Sacred-Secular Divide? Are we equipping our students with the right worldview and tools in order for them to truly equip their church members for an effective service in all areas of life)? What can we learn from one another as we share our global collective wisdom on bridging the Sacred-Secular Divide?
This consultation is available as an ICETE Academy course here.