Prof. Emmanuel Bellon is the former Vice Chancellor of Nairobi International School of Theology/International Leadership University and former President of five other institutions in four African countries. He is Vice President (Executive Network) of ScholarLeaders and Director of the Vital SustainAbility Initiative, designed to guide theological institutions in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Asia to plan strategically for institutional sustainability.

A Basic Checklist: Planning for the Coming Term

Educational Model for the Next Semester (or Two) Notes: For US colleges this fall, Inside Higher Education has described 15 possibilities for reopening – three main categories with variations (eg, delayed starts, hybrid approaches, etc) Resume normal teaching on campus (with enhanced..... read more

Further Questions Concerning the Pandemic’s Financial Impact

The following questions can help school leaders analyze issues related to finances as they meet with their management teams, Board, and donors  Communication During the crisis, how have you communicated with your senior leadership team, faculty, staff, and Board about the school’s..... read more

Further Questions Concerning Online Learning During and After the Pandemic

Near-term: The following questions relate primarily to the coming term as schools transition into the next phase of pandemic-inflected reality For many, this term will mean temporary approaches that enhance the initial emergency response but are not yet fully designed online programs Which..... read more

Further Questions Concerning Pastoral Care During and After the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has added considerable stress across every aspect of the theological school, including the community’s spiritual and emotional well-being As leaders, we not only provide vision and management for the institution, but we also contribute to creating an environment of care for..... read more

Links for Further Reading

Spring/Summer 2020 Situation “Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis: Moving from Desperation to Hope in Theological Education” outlines the current state of theological education in the midst of the crisis, with special attention to schools located in the Majority World It also points to..... read more

Theological Education in Africa: Business or Mission?

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..... read more