Theme: The Sacred/Secular Divide and Theological Education
Purpose: International Consultation for Theological Educators
Dates: 29 October – 2 November 2018
Location: Panama City, Panama
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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
Dr. MARK GREENE
Director, London Institute for Contemporary Christianity
Dr. IAN SHAW
Provost, Union School of Theology and Postdoctoral Projects Director Langham Partnership
OVERCOMING THE SACRED-SECULAR DIVIDE THROUGH THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION
Plenary session 1: naming the issue in our churches and contexts
(with contributions from seminary leaders from round the world)
Wherever they are in the world, Christians struggle with a sacred-secular divide which compartmentalises their faith into formal acts of devotion and piety, usually on a Sunday, but leaves much of their everyday life and behaviour untransformed. Very high levels of Christian profession in parts of the world have not prevented terrible war, or even genocide. Similarly, high levels of church attendance often stand alongside endemic corruption. Many Christians only view those involved in paid Christian work as in full-time Christian service. Participants from the global church will help bring perspectives on this issue. The seminar further poses the question – how committed is your church to While-Life Missionary Discipleship?
Plenary 2 – naming the issue in our seminaries
(with contributions from seminary leaders from round the world)
What happens in the seminary impacts what happens in the churches, so how whole-life is your seminary? How can theological educators envision and empower future church leaders to fulfil the Biblical imperative to make whole-life missionary discipleship central in their congregations. The problem cannot be addressed by changing the teaching in just one subject, such as missiology. It is a systemic problem and affects all fields, and must be specifically addressed in the teaching of core subjects like Bible, hermeneutics, and doctrine. Change does not come easily. But just a one degree shift in direction over time will have a big impact. This presentation explores some of the findings of from consultations with seminary leaders in the Langham-London Institute for Contemporary Christianity Project on Overcoming the Sacred-Secular Divide through Theological Education
Rev Dr Gordon T. Smith
President, Ambrose University and Seminary
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Plenary title: For Such a Time as This: Theological Education for a Secular Age
Western Christianity is in a state of significant flux. Society is increasingly pluralistic and secular; and as such the church needs to respond to this new reality and this needs to be evident in our approach to theological education and pastoral formation. To respond effectively, the church in the West needs to be in conversation and shared learning with the church in the East and the Global South.
Rev. Dr Dave Bookless
Director of Theology, A Rocha International & Lausanne Global Catalyst for Creation Care
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Plenary title: From Origins to Purpose: Bridging the sacred-secular divide through the theology and practice of Creation Care
Christian thinking around creation post-Darwin has often been preoccupied with ‘origins’ (literal readings of Genesis vs. scientific accounts of evolution). It is, however, far more fruitful to reflect on God’s purpose in creating an astonishingly complex, biodiverse and inter-dependent creation,and in placing humanity within it to bear God’s image. This presentation seeks to recover a biblical theology of creation at the heart of theological formation. It proposes that …We can only understand our calling in ministry and mission when we understand our first great commission, to be gardeners and guardians of creation.We can only overcome the ‘sacred-secular divide’, with its deficient, sub-biblical view of creation, by understanding God’s good purposes for the whole cosmos from creation to new creation. We can only demonstrate the relevance and scope of the Gospel, in a time of existential ecological crisis, when we believe and demonstrate God’s hope for all creation in our lives and our churches. This presentation will include biblical challenges, practical examples of Christians engaging in creation care, and suggestions for a creative renewal of theological education.
OLADOTUN REJU and FLETCHER TINK
Dr. Oladotun Reju
Chief resource person
Center for transformational leadership, Jos, Nigeria/Bakke graduate university, Dallas TX. USA
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Plenary title: theology of work
Dr Fletcher Tink
Director of PhD program in Transformational Development at Asia Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary, Manila, Philippines
Lecturer in “Theology of Work” and “Ethics and Responsible Business Practice” in 20 nations for Mustard Seed Foundation.
Prof. Terence Halliday is professor at the American Bar Foundation, an institute of advanced studies for interdisciplinary studies of law and legal institutions. He is Honorary Professor, Australian National University, and Adjunct Professor of Sociology, Northwestern University.
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Plenary title: ‘Where are the Theologians? A Call from across the Scholarly Divide”
Christian students and scholars across the academic disciplines increasingly feel called to develop a Christian mind, or think Christianly, about their scholarship. Whether it is their learning or teaching or choice of research topics or practice of scholarship or application of scholarship to wider audiences, this longing to integrate faith and learning often is frustrated. For the most part a significant asymmetry exists between the field of expertise in which a scholar specializes and their theological literacy.
This session seeks to explore ways and consider initiatives that encourage theologians and theological schools to work cooperatively and constructively with their counterparts in other disciplines. The session will also imagine ways that wider and deeper conversations with other academic disciplines may enrich theological education and theology itself.
RUTH PADILLA De BORST
Dr Padilla De Borst works with the Comunidad de Estudios Teológicos Interdisciplinarios (CETI), a learning community with students across Latin America. She coordinates the Networking Team of INFEMIT (International Fellowship for Mission as Transformation). Ruth yearns to see peace and justice embrace in the beautiful and broken world we call home. A wife of one and mother of many, theologian, missiologist, educator, and story-teller, she has been involved in leadership development and theological education for integral mission in her native Latin America for several decades. Ruth lives with her husband, James, in Costa Rica as a member of Casa Adobe, an intentional Christian Community with deep concern for right living in relation to the whole of creation
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Plenary title: Living Vocation: Theological Formation from Life and for Life.
Theological formation fulfils its vocation when it springs from and nourishes the wholistic missional presence of followers of Jesus from Monday through Sunday in every arena of life. This is the vision of the Community of Interdisciplinary Theological Studies and of the International Fellowship of Mission as Transformation, both case studies referred to in this plenary session.
Davie Baer and listening team: “What Have we Heard?”
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Luke Lewis, Langham Literature: ICETE Series
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Marvin Oxenham: ICETE Academy
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Rev. Dr. Stephen L. Woodworth
Associate Director, ITEN (International Theological Education Network)
Seminar title: Corporation, Classroom, or Congregation: The Role of Metaphor in Theological Education.
Research in the area of cognitive linguistics has slowly expanded our understanding of metaphors and their role in conceptual mapping and the subconscious framework they establish within our everyday lives. This has key implications for the work of theological educators as a myriad of cultural and historical metaphors compete for the definition of theological education. With influence from businesses, the academy, and the church, institutions dedicated to the task of theological education must recognize and evaluate the current metaphors that are inherently shaping their mission, outcomes, and values. Through the exploration of current research in cognitive linguistics, this seminar will interact with the most common metaphors employed by theological educators and the potential they hold for clarifying or distracting our future role in the world.
Prof. Dr. Corneliu Constantineanu
University Professor and Pastor in Speranta Pentecostal Church, Timisoara: ‘Aurel Vlaicu’ University of Arad, Romania
Title: Public Theology
With the privatization of religion in an increasingly secularized modern world, public Theology has emerged as an intentional effort of Christian theologians and practitioners to enter into a meaningful dialog with society. They do this, one the one hand, in order to reflect on the specific contribution that the Gospel can bring to the common good and human flourishing while learning from the public discourse, and, on the other hand, to encourage Christians to participate and engage meaningfully in the public domain with a commitment to influence public policy and effect transformation, at a personal level as well as at the level of social structures. One of the most important and urgent tasks of the church as well as of Christian theology nowadays is to become an authentic witness in the public realm. This means to develop afresh and holistic, comprehensive public theology of missio Dei for our days and articulate clearly the coordinates on which the gospel is to be channelled for addressing the social, economic, political and religious issues facing our societies today. This should be a theology which emphasizes the mission of God to redeem the entire creation, which points to the lordship of Christ over entire reality, a theology which articulates clearly the contribution the gospel can bring for the common good and human flourishing. This may be, indeed, one of the most important missiological concerns for Christians of this generation, in our context: to proclaim and embody the gospel as public truth, i.e. a theology concerned with and addressing the entire reality of life in society; to search for and articulate a solid public theology of culture, work, power, social justice and reconciliation, a public theology for the common good and human flourishing.
PERRY SHAW, DAYLANIS FIGUEROA, MEHRDAD FATEHI
Dr Perry Shaw, Professor of Education, Arab Baptist Theological Seminary
Dr Daylanis Figueroa, Profesora Titular, Decana de Overseas Council en Cuba
Rev. Dr. Mehrdad Fatehi, President and Executive Director, Pars Theological Centre
There is a fourth presenter from a large closed Asian country, who has requested that his details and photograph not be published.
Title: Creative Curricula for Complex Contexts
God often works most powerfully in the most complex of situations, and certainly the twenty-first century is witnessing large numbers of people coming to Christ in contexts that face enormous opposition and difficulties. The training of leadership in these contexts requires creativity and innovation, and this workshop will look at some examples of this sort of creativity. We will have a forum of educators involved in training leaders in Cuba, the Persian-speaking world, and a large and strategic closed Asian nation, as well as an on-line program reaching into closed regions of the Arabic-speaking world. Due to the security sensitivities of this forum/workshop participation is by application to the coordinator (Perry Shaw: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Prof Marilyn Naidoo
Professor in Practical Theology at the Department of Philosophy, Systematic and Practical Theology University of South Africa
Seminar title: Vocation, pastoral identity and authentic leadership formation
For professional development of church ministers, the two big issues according to Gerben Heitink (1999) are identity and competence – who am I? And what am I to do? Professional identity, competence and integrity should function as a framework through which students appropriate the knowledge, skills and spirituality associated with the work of the profession. For some identity formation boils down to pragmatically learning what a minister should do – a well constructed self-image. However, theological education needs to provide strong foundations for pastoral identity in the same way the humanity of Christ (Paul 2:9-10) relates the sacred to the secular by transforming humanity and repositioning it within the world.
This discussion and workshop will focus on pastoral identity formation, unpacking the human person and human psychology, to help students form and successfully integrate their professional selves into their multiple identities so that they act from a place of authenticity. Since professional identity development occurs over time, and develops in interactional relationships, formative aspects of the hidden curricula will be explored as well as formational education in the overall life of the theological institution.
GREG FORSTER, DONALD GUTHRIE, SUZANNE SANG
Dr Greg Forster
Director of Oikonomia Network at Centre for Transformational Churches
Trinity International University
Dr Donald Guthrie
Professor of educational ministries and Educational studies, PhD director
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Adjunct Professor of Service Learning and PhD candidate
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Seminar title: Connecting the Content of Theological Coursework to People’s Lives
Bridging the sacred/secular divide in theological education is a big curricular and pedagogical challenge. It can be daunting! In this seminar, we will look at some common ways theological educators take “first steps” toward bridging the divide by taking a fresh look at syllabi and adopting new pedagogical approaches. Our focus will be stimulating your creativity in thinking about how to take the “next step” in bridging the divide, regardless of where you are now in the journey.
Dr Joshua Iyadurai:
Founder and Director of Marina Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Religion Chennai, India.
Seminar title: Theology and Social Sciences: Partners in Transforming the World
This seminar will present the need of interdisciplinary approach to understand God’s activity in the world. It will discuss the current trends of studying religious phenomenon in social sciences and engaging social scientific approach in theology. Social Sciences have come a long way from the positivist paradigm by shedding its reductionist approach to human experiences and the role of religion in human life. Thus, by engaging social sciences, theology will be on a firm ground to reflect the ground reality, instead of being preoccupied with abstract concepts. With the postmodern turn, Social Scientists are increasingly adopting transformative paradigm in their research aiming to transform the world of the participants. We need to engage social sciences to make theological research, an agency of transformation. This seminar will present a few fascinating studies as examples that positively impacted the Church from the field of social sciences and from theology that engaged social scientific methods. This partnership will enable theological scholars to enter secular space to offer/challenge a perspective with theological underpinnings on an issue. Such approach will enable theological scholars to be rooted in one’s context and assume leadership as public intellectuals to shape the future of their country, continent, and the world.
Dr Lindsay Wilson
Academic Dean and Senior Lecturer in Old Testament
Ridley College, Melbourne
Seminar title: Teaching Christian Ethics (without the Western trappings) in the Majority World
One contribution of postcolonialism has been to alert us to the need to distinguish between the way courses have been taught in a Western setting, and the best way to teach in a majority world context. In teaching ethics in South and Southeast Asia, a number of areas needed to be rethought: the syllabus content itself; the amount of Western philosophical ideas included; the need to have different conversation partners (e.g. Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism); the teaching methods; the need to focus more on honour/shame issues; the incorporation of community perspectives as well as individual decision-making; the significance of character ethics; the selection of ethical issues to be discussed; the suitability of available ethics textbooks and resources; the lack of majority world scholar doing research in many areas of ethics. This seminar is aimed at raising questions about these issues, and learning from each other how we might better teach ethics in a majority world context.
SHIRLEY HO and LILYY CHUA
Dr Shirley S. Ho
Associate Professor of the Old Testament
China Evangelical Seminary/Langham Partnership
Dr Lily K. Chua
Acting Academic Dean/Assistant Professor
China Evangelical Seminary
Seminar title: Insights from Proverbs on Sacred/Secular Divide in Theological Education
Among many the books in the Hebrew Bible, the book of Proverbs arguably has strong pedagogical foundation both in form and content. However. it is notorious for its alleged “secular” overtone. The secularity is alleged because of its limited, if not, lack of reference to Israel’s sacred temple, the covenant, the Mosaic law, salvation-historical traditions, levitical rituals, myths, gods/goddesses, etc. Undoubtedly, the authors/editors of Proverbs do not have modern concept of secularity in mind, but the book of Proverbs certainly appears to be so— “secular,” at least at cursory reading. Hence, this seminar will show how Proverbs can provide conceptual framework and insights as we think about scared/secular divide in theological education. One key insight from Proverbs is the meta-narrative imagery of the son set out on a journey (Prov 1-9). In this life journey, the son is constantly warned to choose and pursue wisdom each step of the way so that he reaches the final destination of dining with Lady Wisdom symbolising the sacred divine presence (Prov 8-9). Hence, guided by Proverbs, may one conceive theological education as a continuous journey progressively moving from the secular to the sacred?
James R. Hart, D.W.S.
President: Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies (an ABHE graduate level institution)
Seminar title: Re-enchanting the Gospel: the Role of Objective Beauty in Worship
The news seems to be increasingly filled with reports of sabre rattling, political power posturing, aggressive aggrandizement both in privacy and the body politic, and in general, an attitude of self-serving superiority through abusive domination and even oppression. One way to break through the ugliness that militates against the faith is to re-enchant ourselves, the world and especially the Gospel with the objective beauty of God. Over the past four or five centuries, objective beauty had been marginalized or even neglected from theological discourse. Theologian Hans urs von Balthasar claimed that when beauty is “made” absent through neglect or intentional marginalization, the good is no longer attractive, and ultimately the true no longer matters! His perspective was that beauty forms the background or context for the true and the good, and for precisely that reason he sees that theological discourse should start with beauty. Together, beauty, goodness and truth reveal the very nature of God manifested uniquely and ultimately in Jesus the Christ, the objectively Beautiful One. Led by Jim Hart, President of the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, we will begin to “scratch the surface” of understanding the role of objective beauty in worship and its role in addressing the sacred/secular divide.
Dr. Manfred W. Kohl
Advisor to the Secretary General/President of the World Evangelical Alliance.
Research statistics tell us that today we have approximately 2.5 million Evangelical pastors serving the global church. Only 5% have a formal theological training from an ICETE accredited theological institution. Over 90% are trained in various unaccredited training programs for ministry. In 2017 a group of scholars met in Halifax, Canada, to establish “Re-Forma”, a program that will help the numerous training programs for ministry (estimated at 40,000) to establish adequate standards. The workshop/seminar will deal with establishing a simple, biblical training program that would be accepted by WEA as the basis for a certificate that would be issued by them. We will address:
- The various training programs presently operating outside ICETE accredited institutions
- The establishment of a network of regional trainers
- Development of a basic curriculum that includes what has already been established
- The establishing of guidelines for a WEA certificate
- The necessary national and cultural adaptations
- The use of “biblical training for ministry” rather than terms like “informal” or “non-formal”
- Development of Action Plans and timelines for “Re-Forma”
MARK GREENE AND IAN SHAW.
Dr. Mark Greene:
London Institute for Contemporary Christianity
Dr. Ian Shaw
Union School of Theology and Langham Partnership
With contributions from Dr Antonio Barro (Brazil); Dr Bernard Boyo (Kenya); Dr Ivor Poobalan (Sri Lanka)
Seminar 1: How can i change in my seminary?
What would a whole life missionary seminary look like? What difference would it make from board to seminary leadership, to faculty, to students? What would the graduates of such a seminary look like? This workshop explores how institutions can be changed so that they no longer replicate the Sacred-Secular Divide, but are instead set up to address it. What are the significant blockages to change – perhaps historical attitudes and patterns need to be addressed? Examples of institutional change from the Majority World will be presented showing how Whole-Life Missionary Discipleship has been established as an institutional goal. Transformation of seminaries involves curriculum development and change. This seminar considers how those processes impact on Overcoming the Sacred Secular Divide.
Seminar topic: How can I change my teaching?
Contributions from Majority World leaders including: Dr Milton Acosta (Colombia), and Dr Havilah Dharamraj (India)
In this workshop contributors show how the Sacred-Secular Divide can be addressed at the level of individual module, and individual lecture. The process of module and lecture design is explored, identifying ways by which the aim of creating Whole-Life Missionary Disciples can be integrated into learning outcomes and assessments. Why not bring your own lecture or module outline, and leaders from different subject areas can help discuss, shape and refine it with you?
Dr. Marvin Oxenham
General Secretary: European Council for Theological Education; Programme Leader for Postgraduate and Doctoral Training in Theological Education (London School of Theology)
Seminar title: Bridging the Divide through Character and Virtue Education
This workshop considers bridging the sacred-secular divide through character and virtue education. We will first bridge back into the ‘secular-classic’ tradition to reconsider the lost tradition of character and virtue education. As we stand on the shoulders of giants like Aristotle, we will discover that we are also rubbing shoulders with a significant number of contemporary ‘secular’ educators who are looking to character and virtue education as the most needed societal reform (warning: you must believe in common grace to appreciate this first part). Secondly, we will look at what it might mean to bridge outwards into secular society through the intentional formation of citizens of character and virtue. This enlarged mission dei is uniquely possible in the contexts of theological education and may represent the new face of Christian apologetics.
PAUL PENLEY AND LUKE LEWIS
Dr. Paul T. Penley
Chief Research Officer at Excellence in Giving
Dr. Luke Lewis
Supply Chain and Operations Manager at Langham Partnership
Seminar title: Global Theological Education Book Database: BETA Version
Langham Literature is creating a database of indigenous books for global theological education. The books are being placed in 1 of 8 categories: Bible commentaries, Biblical studies, Theology, Biblical Preaching, Church History, Mission, Education, and Ethics. Once completed, any individual or institution will be able to search the database for books in each category written by authors considered indigenous in a particular country or region of the world. Results will be sorted by publication date (to highlight contemporary books), by complexity of content (general audience, textbook, or research material), by quality of book (as rated by theological educators), and by language. The goal is both (1) to show which gaps writers and publishers can fill with new resources and (2) to help educators select top-quality indigenous textbooks and research materials for their students to use. A working concept has been built with over 1,000 books logged, but Langham Literature needs more theological educators to review books in the database and recommend better indigenous resources. Please join us to learn how to access the database and contribute to it so that global theological educators can use and produce the most relevant and recent books for effective theological education in every nation of the world.
TIM JACOBSON AND BERHANU WOLDE
Dr. Bernhanu Wolde:
Coordinator of the Ethiopian Kale Heywet Church denominational Amharic Bible School network of 150 schools, one of the largest ministry training networks in the world.
Dr. Tim Jacobson
Ministry Point Person for Theological Education for SIM International.
Seminar Title: Learning to Lead Like Jesus in Ethiopia
From lay leaders to the top leaders of the church, from vernacular Bible schools to graduate school, the mentoring and character formation resources of MentorLink can be used to good effect. This seminar will show how they are being used in Ethiopia.
JOANNA FELICIANO-SOBERANO, JOHN JUSU, GARY GRIFFITH
GATE (Global Associates for Transformational Education)
Dr. Joanna Feliciano-Soberano
Academic Dean, Asia Theological Seminary
Dr. John Jusu
Regional Director for Africa, Overseas Council
Dr. Gary Griffith
International Coordinator: Global Associates for Transformational Education
Seminar title: Education for Ministry Can Be Transformational!
Learn how the training offered by Global Associates for Transformational Education (GATE) is impacting ministry education offered in seminaries and Bible schools around the globe. As a result of GATE’s workshops, theological educators are adopting teaching methodologies that enable the classroom experience to be transformational, exciting and motivating learners to put what they learn into practice where they serve. Traditional approaches to theological education often place emphasis on students’ acquisition of knowledge. The result can easily produce graduates who have acquired theological knowledge and have a theoretical understanding of ministry but have not been personally impacted by the teaching they received. Find out how a simple shift in educators’ thinking can lead to experiences of transformational learning that will significantly impact learners and, in turn, those to whom they minister.
TIM GREEN, QAISER JULIUS, ANNETA VYSOTSKAYA, JIRIES HABASH
Rev. Dr. Qaiser Julius
Director of the Open Theological Seminary (OTS), Pakistan
Ms. Anneta Vysotskaya (hon DD)
General Director of the Open Russian Theological Academy (ORTA)
Mr. Jiries Habash
Executive Director of the Program for Theological Education by Extension (PTEE)
Rev. Dr. Tim Green
General Secretary, the Increase Association
Seminar title: Equipping all believers to overcome the sacred-secular divide
This workshop will give examples, testimonies and case studies of believers being equipped directly through church-based training programmes; introduce relevant tools for seminaries to equip their students to empower their church members to live and work as salt and light; explore the mutual benefits of partnership between seminary and church-based training to equip the whole people of God.
This workshop will be run by four committee members of Increase (www.increaseassociation.org).
The Increase Association comprises indigenous training movements which help local churches all across Asia, and among Asians in diaspora, to equip around 100,000 believers a year through regular learning groups in the context of their daily lives.
THREE SEMINARS RELATING TO DOCTORAL EDUCATION ISSUES:
Seminar 1: KEVIN LAWSON and THERESA LUA
Dr. Kevin E. Lawson, Professor of Educational Studies, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
Dr. Theresa Lua, General Secretary, Asia Theological Association
Seminar title: Assessing Doctoral Level Programs: Recommended Guidelines and Procedures
As schools increase their investment in doctoral level education, it is important to begin thinking about how these kinds of programs can best be evaluated. What are the key elements to assess? How might self-assessment, and external assessment for accreditation purposes, be carried out? This session is geared both for school leaders who wish to evaluate the quality of their doctoral programs, and accreditation association staff tasked with developing assessment procedures for doctoral level programs.
Seminar 2: BERNHARD OTT, IAN SHAW, CEPHAS TUSHIMA
Dr. Bernhard Ott
Chairman of the European Council for Theological Education and director of doctoral studies at the European School of Culture and Theology.
Dr Ian J. Shaw
Position – Provost Union School of Theology
Organisations – Union School of Theology and Langham Partnership
Rev. Dr. Cephas Tushima:
president of the Association of Theological Institutions of Nigeria (ATIN) and the President of the non-profit corporation, Hesed Resource and Development Foundation.
Seminar title: Investing in Faculty Development for Supervising Doctoral Student Research
Having completed one’s own doctoral dissertation or thesis is helpful, but not enough preparation for supervising students in their research and writing. As schools offer doctoral level programs they need to help their faculty develop an understanding of what it takes to supervise student research, and grow in the skills and practices that help them do this well. This session addresses ways school leaders can help faculty members grow into their responsibilities for supervising student research.
Seminar 3: EVAN HUNTER, HAVIALAH DHARMARAJ, JOHN JUSU, STEVE CHANG
Dr. Evan Hunter
Vice President at ScholarLeaders International and Executive Editor for the InSights Journal for Global Theological Education.
Dr. Havilah Dharamraj
Academic Dean and the Head of the Dept of Old Testament at the South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies (SAIACS), Bangalore, India.
Dr. John Jusu:
Regional Director for Africa, Overseas Council
Dr. Steve Chang
Lecturer in New Testament: Torch Trinity Graduate University Seoul.
Seminar title: Counting the Cost: Preparing Well to Launch and Sustain a New Doctoral Program
Many schools are considering launching doctoral level academic programs. Before moving too far down that road, it is important to understand what it takes to offer a program that equips students well at the doctoral level, whether a research degree (e.g., Ph.D.) or a practitioner degree (e.g., D.Min., Ed.D., D.P.T.). When we understand the issues, standards, and costs involved, we can better discern if this should be pursued, and if so, what it will require to offer a strong program. This session addresses these issues, both for launching new programs and sustaining them over time.
Developing Standards for D.Min. Programs: An Interactive Session
More schools are offering, or planning to offer a Doctor of Ministry degree program. This degree is distinct from other doctoral programs, and there are many issues to consider in developing and offering a strong program. There is benefit to having similar standards for these programs, while contextualizing them to the needs of our regions. We invite those whose schools are currently offering this degree, and those who are considering offering it, to interact with members of ICETE’s Doctoral Initiative Steering Committee regarding the development of standards and best practices for the D.Min.
The above will not be offered as a seminar but as an optional extra during a meal or some other opportunity during the consultation
JEFF GREENMAN AND REBECCA POUSETTE
Dr. Jeff Greenman
President, & Professor of Theology and Ethics, Regent College
Mrs Rebecca Pousette
ReFrame Project Manager, Regent College
Seminar title: ReFraming Life: One Graduate School’s Experiment at Bridging the Sacred-Secular Divide
The ReFrame video course seeks to help local congregations understand the importance of the gospel to every part of their daily lives. Emerging from the larger vision of Regent College, a Graduate Theological School in Vancouver, Canada, the course equips laity to see their ordinary occupations—the “secular”—as indispensable tasks within God’s mission to restore all things. Practicing law, raising kids, starting a small business: each of these can be “reframed” in light of the gospel.
Today, over 30,000 people from 50 countries have partaken in a ReFrame course, either in English, or in our French, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, and Traditional Chinese translations. Come learn about the narrative framework used to develop ReFrame; hear stories of how it is being received, and the lessons learned over the past three years. Consider how you might employ ReFrame in your own setting, or be inspired to develop a similar resource suitable for the local church in your context.
Dr Cesar Morales:
Professor / Christian Missionary Alliance Biblical Seminary (SEBAP)
Seminar title: Connecting your audience through preaching
Time, format, language and audience are the less discussed elements in preaching. Most of the
times our efforts are focus on selecting the right text or finding the big idea. There are several
sources of information regarding each of these topics (time, format, language and audience) in “non-
homiletical” literature. The purpose of this workshop is to explore under the surface of preaching
phenomena and look for some other elements that may enrich your preaching.
WALKER TZENG AND ANDREW SEARS
Dr. Walker Tzeng:
Executive Director World Evangelical Theological Institute Association
Dr. Andrew Sears:
President, City Vision University: Co-Founder, Christian Higher Education Innovation Alliance
Seminar title: Disruptive Innovation in Christian Higher Education for the Majority World
Globally, demand for higher education is growing by 163% in a 25 year period, with 137 million new students in the developing world. To meet this growth in demand theological schools will need to consider adopting some of the “new wineskin” methods of disruptive innovation in education to radically increase access and decrease costs. This workshop will explore disruptive influences on the future of Christian higher education including micro-degrees, massive open online courses, financial models, delivery modalities, and technologies. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to follow-up in two different ways: A free massive open online course for theological educators and WETIA’s education technology platform (LMS + SIS) EdBrite.
General Superintendent: Assemblies of God, Brazil
Seminar title: How to strengthen the relationship between the local church and the theological institution
The interaction between the seminary and the church, as well as the relationship between the pastoral body and the academic body makes theological education more effective.
Dr JAN DORMER
Associate Professor of TESOL, Messiah College, Graduate Program in Education
Seminar title: Possibilities in Using the Teaching of English in Seminaries
Most seminaries around the world engage in English language learning and teaching. If classes are conducted in English, there is often a struggle to help learners achieve the needed proficiency level. If classes are conducted in other languages, there are usually English as a foreign language classes in the curriculum, and students often have a desire to learn English. In all cases, English learning presents tremendous opportunities for seminaries. Three possibilities will be presented: 1) English learning through content learning (Students learn English through sheltered content courses.) 2) English learning for bi-vocational ministry (Pastors are able to run English preschools or classes in their churches.) 3) English learning as income for the seminary (An English program is run in the seminary, with both missional and financial goals.)
MARY KLEINE YEHLING AND ROBERT PRIEST
Mrs. Mary Kleine Yehling
Vice-President, Executive Director: Tyndale House Foundation
Dr. Bob Priest
Professor of Anthropology: Taylor University
Seminar title: Africa Leadership Study – what it is and how it can help in theological education worldwide
Mary and Bob will be working together to present the ALS material. Bob had oversight of the research aspects and Mary had oversight of support and administration of all other aspects.
Bob will focus his remarks on the implications of the findings and the various ways they can be used in an educational context to inform the content and provide those learning research methods with a protocol and additional aspects to be researched.
Mary will focus on the overall process, including the networking and collaborative aspects and benefits of this type of project.
Both will highlight aspects of using the data gathered, and plans for building on it…..
- Femi B. Adeleye
- C. Rosalee Velloso Ewell
- Timoteo D. Gener
- W. Jay Moon
- Alexander Negrov, Alexei Belov
- Mark Greene
- Fletcher L Tink, Oladotun Reju
- Jan Dormer
Materials from the C-18 session are also available on the TheologicalEducation.net website.