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

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

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

InResponse: Vision and Leadership: Vital to Sustaining the Faith in Sub-Saharan Africa

In his article, “Sustaining What Matters,” Jason Ferenczi presents a multifaceted understanding of the sustainability of theological institutions Theological schools play a critical role in ensuring the future of Christianity, particularly in my own context of Africa As President of the..... 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

Sustaining What Matters in Theological Education

Abstract: A multifaceted understanding of sustainability is critical as Majority World theological schools face significant changes and pressures Institutional sustainability entails three essential components: a viable business plan, the ability to adapt meaningfully to evolving contexts, and the..... read more

InResponse: Five Loaves and Two Fish: A Response to Olive Oil, Theological Education, and Economics

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..... 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