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Reenvisioning Theological Education and Missional Spirituality

Cronshaw, Darren J. (2012) Reenvisioning Theological Education and Missional Spirituality. The Journal of Adult Theological Education, 9 (1). pp. 9-27. ISSN 1743-1654 (online) ; 1740-7141 (print)

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Two challenges facing churches in the West are how to adopt a missional posture to meaningfully engage the broader community, and how to foster genuine spirituality. Western world churches need to engage with a society that is open to spirituality and even inspired by Jesus, but less attracted to church. What does this mean for theological education and how churches train leaders? How can missional spirituality – spirituality that sustains and focuses the mission of the church – be best taught in classes and online? This article addresses these questions by expanding on Robert Banks’s Reenvisioning Theological Education and investigating how spirituality is taught as reflective practice. Reenvisioning theological education and missional spirituality happens best when it cultivates inner contemplation and outer engagement, and when it relates faith to everyday life and local contexts. The article shows how these principles will be the basis of refreshed curriculum design to teach missional spirituality including a new online subject.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: course design, missional church, spirituality, spiritual formation, theological education
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
Subjects: D - Missiology
D - Religious Education
D - Spirituality and Spiritual Direction
College/Association with University of Divinity: Whitley College
Depositing User: Rev Prof Darren John Cronshaw
Date Deposited: 21 May 2013 03:50
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2018 01:42
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1173

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