So Much Depends on Mission

William Carlos Williams penned the famous poem about a wheelbarrow and some chickens: so much depends uponthe red wheelbarrowglazed with rainwaterbeside the white chickens With irregular breaks and a disregard for grammatical convention, these words paint a vivid picture that has stumped..... read more

In Pursuit of Sustainability: Strategy & Planning for Theological Education

Philip Melanchthon, the essential yin to Martin Luther’s yang, led reformation of Lutheran education The times demanded new educational materials and forms, and consumed much of his attention from his inaugural lecture at Wittenberg in August 1518 until his death in April 1560 Melanchthon’s..... read more

Faculty as Institutional Citizens: An Invisible but Essential Aspect of Vital Sustainability

In their study entitled The Impact of New Public Management on Academic Citizenship: A Case Study of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sharareh Ani and Lina Persson state that “[a]cademic citizenship is a relatively new theory that has not yet been studied..... read more

The Relevance of Systems in the Administration of Theological Schools

Schools need systems to function, but not all institutions have had an opportunity to develop them in ways that serve the mission of the school The following summarizes three primary systems required for effective administration as well as links and suggestions for free or low cost, readily..... read more

Buddhist Preaching in Contemporary Theravada Sri Lanka: Lessons for the Church

Introduction In Sri Lanka, Buddhist preaching fills the air throughout the day in preaching halls, public ceremonies, on TV, and even over the radios in taxi cabs For two thousand years, preaching has shaped not only the devotees of Buddhism but also the culture of Sri Lanka The following will..... read more

Serving the Seminary Community in a Country in Conflict: Five Lessons Learned at the Biblical Seminary of Colombia

Student communities are miniature representations of the society and history of a country As such, Biblical Seminary of Colombia (FUSBC) embodies traits such as joy, friendship, and a certain “magical realism” found in Latin America The seminary’s theology curriculum comes from both the..... read more

Faculty Development in Service to the Mission of the School

For greatest impact, each theological school must discern and articulate its unique mission within the broader purpose of theological education in service to the Church and the Kingdom of God This mission then guides the strategy of the school, for which the faculty is perhaps the most essential..... read more

Book Review: Deininger, F. and Equizabal, O., Editors (2013). Leadership in Theological Education, Vol. 1: Foundations for Academic Leadership.

The first volume on Leadership in Theological Education series focuses on the role of the Academic Dean in the life of the seminary including sections on the foundations of theological leadership, the responsibilities and characteristics of academic leadership, and the general leadership practices..... read more

On the Shoulders of Giants: Traditioned Innovation and Leading Change

Leaders of theological schools in the Majority World stand on a rich heritage The growth of theological education has followed the growth of the church, albeit more slowly In most places, schools have benefi tted from the investment of missionaries and the legacy of Western higher education..... read more

Becoming More Truly Christ’s Followers and More Truly South Asian

“Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are” Jose Ortega y Gasset A welter of challenges faces the church in South Asia Some are daunting, but each is an opportunity the Christian community can engage and use The key challenge concerns identity Over the last..... read more