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Reenvisioning Theological Education, Mission and the Local Church

Cronshaw, Darren J. (2011) Reenvisioning Theological Education, Mission and the Local Church. Mission Studies, 28 (1). pp. 91-115. ISSN 0168-9789

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    There is a fresh wave of interest in local churches reshaping themselves around mission, but what does this mean for theological education? This article uses Robert Banks’ book Reenvisioning Theological Education as a helpful starting point, and draws on the author’s experience as a student and teacher, and innovative approaches at Australian College of Ministries and Whitley College, two Australian theological colleges. It discusses six principles for reshaping theological education around mission and the local church. Theological courses and classes and informal processes for developing leaders will be at their best if they are communal in the classroom, assessment and shared mission; conversational between students and with other sources; contextual and engaged with contemporary needs in society; character forming as part of the curriculum; contemplative both for prayer and space for reflection; and congregationally connected for faculty, students and their research.

    Item Type: Published Articles
    Repository Version: Published Version
    Keywords (separated by commas): Theological education, Missio Dei, spiritual formation, adult education, ministry training, contextual theology, culture, Australia, Baptist, Churches of Christ
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
    Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
    Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
    Subject Area(s): D - Missiology
    D - Religious Education
    Association with University of Divinity: Whitley College
    Depositing User: Rev Prof Darren John Cronshaw
    Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2013 13:28
    Last Modified: 06 Mar 2014 13:00
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1054

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