InSights Journal Vol 1. No. 2
Reverse Innovation: In Search of Better Solutions than Best Practices
Necessity drives innovation. As the needs of the Church continue to change, as new theological questions emerge in new contexts, and as pressures increase on traditional delivery systems that have developed over hundreds of years, theological education is in need of innovation.
InResponse: Five Loaves and Two Fish: A Response to Olive Oil, Theological Education, and Economics
Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary (Kyiv, Ukraine)
One day, the disciples found themselves in a situation that would be a nightmare for any president of a theological institution. They were challenged to provide food for thousands of hungry students! The disciples were troubled, knowing that vast resources would be required. However, Jesus urged them to fi rst fi nd out what was already available: “How many loaves do you have?…Go and see” (Mk. 6:38). This story, and particularly Jesus’ question, applies well to the fi nancial sustainability of theological institutions.
Relevance and Faithfulness: Challenges in Contextualizing Theological Education
Canadian Baptist Ministries
The relevance of theological curricula to specifi c contexts has always been a challenge. In our pluralistic world where graduates minister in greatly varying contexts and cultures, theological education has to be both relevant and faithful. It is no longer enough to ensure that students have mastered core theological concepts and truths, learned biblical knowledge, and developed basic ministry skills.
Toward Theological Integration Using Action Research: Reflections from an Arab Context
Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (Beirut, Lebanon)
This article describes our attempt to use an abbreviated version of action research in an integrated learning module of the Theology Program at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, Lebanon. Practical theological and theological educators can make effective use of this social scientifi c method within the context of the theological school. Among the benefi ts of action research are the development of refl ective practitioners, the encouragement interactive refl ection and learning, and facilitation of contextualization in theological research.
A Tectonic Shift: The Rapid Rise of PhD Programs at Evangelical
Theological Schools in the Majority World
In recent years, the number of evangelical theological schools in the Majority World conferring the PhD has grown considerably. This article shares results from a survey of twenty-three schools conducted as part of the Doctoral Initiative sponsored by the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education. The results show a steep increase in program offerings and enrollment that will greatly affect faculty development in the Majority World in the coming decade. Implications for both Majority World and Western institutions are also discussed.
Ted Ward: A Global Legacy
In January 2016, Dr. Ted W. Ward entered eternal rest. He is internationally recognized for his enduring contribution to educational studies and Christian education as Professor of Education at Michigan State University, and as Professor of Christian Education and the founder of research doctoral programs in Education and Intercultural Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. During his 30-year tenure at Michigan State University, Ted, as his students called him, was “often accused (justly) of running a seminary on campus because of the Christian students he attracted, and his ongoing insistence that Christians must think theologically about educational questions.”1 He supervised over 200 doctoral dissertations and his students serve in theological education globally. In the following short essays, the authors refl ect personally on the ways in which Ted Ward has infl uenced their lives, ministries, and practice of theological education.
• A Legacy that Speaks Today – Victor Cole
• An Indelible Mark – Adrian Ban
• The Gift of Listening – Rose and Bulus Galadima
• A Friend with a Global Perspective – Suraja Ramanan
• Forming the Practice of Theological Education – Yau Man Siew
Book Review: Ferenczi, Jason. Serving Communities: Governance and the Potential of Theological Schools.
Pursuing a PhD in Missional Ecclesiology at the International Baptist Theological Study Center of the Free University in Amsterdam.
I have been serving for more than a decade as the President of a theological school in the Majority World: Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, Lebanon. Questions of contextual relevance have been at the forefront of our thinking for many years. As our context changes rapidly, we have been able to respond through innovative ways of delivering integrated and holistic theological education. However, many related questions linger in my mind: How much of this innovation is infl uenced by the structure and maturity of our leadership?