InSights Journal Vol. 2 No. 2
Taking Action in a Context of Fragility and Volatility.
Nearly two years ago, I sat around a table with several seminary presidents from around the world. The countries they represented were facing intense sociopolitical turmoil: one had recently emerged from a decades-long civil war; two were engaged in protracted military conflict with one another; one was confronting an influx of refugees displaced by civil war; one had made headlines for atrocities committed by an extremist group; another was facing government pressure that could limit foreign funding or even the involvement of expatriate faculty. The most stable nation represented around the table, next to my own, has since come under martial law. For many seminaries in the world, the normal context of theological education is one of fragility and volatility.
InResponse: Vision and Leadership: Vital to Sustaining the Faith in Sub-Saharan Africa
President of the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary
In his article, “Sustaining What Matters,” Jason Ferenczi presents a multifaceted understanding of the sustainability of
play a critical role in ensuring the future of Christianity, particularly in my own context of Africa. As President of the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary (NBTS),1 I agree that human resources, especially executive leaders, play a critical
role in sustaining schools. Most importantly, leaders need to convey a vision for both the institution and the individuals it forms. In Africa, leaders play a critical role in whether Christianity will continue to flourish in this century.
Theological Education in Africa: Business or Mission?
Director, Vital Sustainability
Abstract: Financial viability remains one of the greatest challenges facing schools of theology. To succeed, schools in Africa need to better understand the business of theological education in order to better accomplish their mission. To do so, schools must better understand the true costs of forming leaders, engage the church in the mission of theological education, and adapt to the changing demands for leadership training in the church. This article explores how institutional leaders can strengthen this understanding, developing solid strategic plans and mobilizing more resources to better serve the mission of their schools.
Christian Reflective Practice: Prayer as a Tool for Reflection and Application in Theological Education
Executive Director of Theological Education by Extension (TEEM)
Abstract: Reflection and application are integral for deep learning and for bridging the theory-practice gap, especially in Christian formation. A survey of the literature in both general education and Christian education deepens the theoretical
understanding of the impact of reflection and application. Prayer, which can cultivate the reflection and application needed for deep learning, represents an under-utilized tool for learning integration and learner formation.
Theological Education in the Western Hemisphere: Select Histories and Current Trends – A Review Essay
Fuller Theological Seminary
Theological education in North America particularly, but also across the Euro-American West more generally, is undergoing sea changes. This review attends to some of the developments, focusing specifically on four recent books published by Wipf and Stock.1 Consideration of these volumes will help document historic trajectories in the field and spotlight charted venues into relatively new territory in this latter part of the second decade of the twenty-first century. We will begin with the latter and work toward the former, for reasons that will become clear at the end of this essay.