A Friend with a Global Perspective

“Ho, Ho, Ho! You must be wishing that you could be back home in Singapore,” said a smiling Ted Ward to me on a cold winter morning in Deerfield, Illinois He was holding a mug with steaming brewed coffee in one hand and a briefcase in the other He was walking toward his office on the campus of..... read more

Forming the Practice of Theological Education

As a teacher, Ted Ward valued and practiced holistic inquiry into truth, learning in community, and responsible service (not just knowledge for knowledge’s sake) He was one of the chief influences on my life A Different View of Education: I will not forget my first seminar as a new doctoral..... read more

Book Review: Ferenczi, Jason. Serving Communities: Governance and the Potential of Theological Schools.

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..... read more

The Purpose of the Journal: For Such a Time as This

“For such a time as this” When asked why we would start a new journal at this time, the answer may be found in Mordecai’s words to Esther: we hope that the Journal may, in fact, be just the right resource “for such a time as this” The church has overused these words, sometimes..... read more

Research-Based Curriculum Review: Learning from the Africa Leadership Study

Introduction Leadership development is a buzzword found in the vision and mission statements of many evangelical theological institutions in Africa The irony, however, is that the more theological institutions claim to be developing transformational leaders for the African church, the more..... read more

On the Economics of Theological Education

Leaders rightly focus considerable energy upon the financial stability of their institutions According to a 2013 survey conducted by The Chronicle of Higher Education and Maguire Associates, fundraising and balancing budgets occupy the greatest amount of time in the daily schedules of University..... read more

Olive Oil, Theological Education, and Economics

Our town in Italy is famous for the flavor and quality of its olive oil A neighbor has 3,000 mature trees, well-spaced and perfectly pruned, located on a hillside with ample sun exposure He is experienced and competent, and his family has been producing oil for generations Yet he loses an average..... read more

Theological Education: A Delicate Enterprise

Introduction Economics are always a problem for theological schools in the Majority World due to various historical, cultural, and structural issues In addition, factors such as lack of resources, little financial support from churches, and enrollment of mostly poor students make the management..... read more

Third Stream Income: The Case of the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology

The Challenge When the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology (EGST) was established in 1997 as the first and only graduate theological institution in the Horn of Africa, the founders did not plan for it to have its own campus, faculty, and full-time staff The plan was for all teaching..... read more

Book Review: González, Justo L. The History of Theological Education

If we imagine the great Church Fathers and ancient theologians graduating summa cum laude from the most prestigious seminaries of the ancient world, then Justo González has a surprise for us Seminaries are actually a recent development, established less than 500 years ago to prepare those called..... read more