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Global Survey on Theological Education Affirms A2


I recently participated in a global survey on theological education for a report to be given this fall at the World Council of Churches 10th Assembly being held in Busan. The findings were telling… Many of them highlight the importance of unique leader development ministries like Asian Access.

  1. There are not enough theological schools in the regions of the world where Christianity is growing rapidly (Africa, Latin America, and parts of Asia).
  2. Theological education is financially unstable in many parts of the world.
  3. Growth is seen in Evangelical and Pentecostal/Charismatic theological education; decline is seen in mainline Protestant and Roman Catholic traditions.
  4. The number of women students is growing in every denomination and in every region.
  5. There is significant interest in online theological education in some parts of the world, but many theological educators consider traditional formats more appropriate.
  6. Cross-cultural communication and practical skills related to ministry are the subjects respondents would most like to see added or strengthened in theological education.
  7. Experiential learning is a critical component in preparation for Christian ministry. Learning in the location of ministry (congregation and community) must be integrated with spiritual formation and academic programs.
  8. The “integrity of senior leaders” is seen as the most important element in determining quality in theological education.
  9. Vision, collaboration, integrity of leadership, and relevance are named as the most important factors for the future of theological education.
  10. Innovation in theological education can be found in all parts of the world and in every denomination and tradition.
  11. Denominations and local congregations are seen as having the most responsibility for funding theological education.
  12. The age of theological students varies by geographical region.
  13. Regular institutional self-study and accreditation by regional bodies are seen as the most important aspects of on-going institutional improvement.
  14. Institutional capacity building and the provision of scholarships are seen as the primary roles for international bodies with regard to theological education.
  15. Theological education is seen as “most important” for world Christianity.



Asian Access unique community based learning environment addresses many of these issues… It's a clear signal that we, and others like A2, need to grow! If you would like to see the full report, you can download it here...

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