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Reenvisioning Theological Education

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Overview

A top leadership theorist offers a compelling proposal for renovating the way religious education is practiced today.

Christian colleges and seminaries have not been immune from the cultural influences shaping contemporary education. Challenging the conventional wisdom advanced by the educational debate during the last fifteen years, Robert Banks builds an innovative new model of theological education based on how ministry formation took place in biblical times. Banks takes full account of key issues raised by our current educational context and shows how a "missional model" of education is more holistic, inclusive, and practical than recent versions.

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Banks enters the debate on contemporary theological education with a comprehensive and refreshingly practical call to a missional model for theological education. He strives to root this model in a greater appreciation for biblical perspectives on formation for ministry.... Banks provides an extensive review of historical and contemporary issues and models of theological education. His review is critical, and while his missional model is ambitious, he does not avoid facing the practical consequences and challenges faced by those who would move toward what he considers a more authentic approach to the formation of persons called to theological education as teachers and students.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802846204
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/27/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 0.64 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

PART ONE—REASSESSING THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION: THE PRESENT STAGE OF DEBATE

  1. Retrieving Aspects of the "Classical" Model
  2. Revising Aspects of the "Vocational" Model
  3. Developing a More "Synthetic" Model
  4. Some Final Responses to the Debate

PART TWO—BACKING INTO THE FUTURE: A BIBLICAL ANGLE OF VISION

  1. The Relevance of a Biblical Starting Point
  2. Ministry Formation Before Christ
  3. Ministry Formation by Christ
  4. Ministry Formation After Christ

PART THREE—DEVELOPING A MISSIONAL MODEL: FROM THE MARGINS TO THE CENTER

  1. Beyond Mission-Oriented and Missiological Education
  2. Recasting Major Issues in the Debate
  3. The Nature of Learning in a Missional Model
  4. Reconceiving Teaching as a Missional Practice

PART FOUR—BRINGING ABOUT SYSTEMIC CHANGE: SOME GUIDEPOSTS TO REFORM

  1. Reconfiguring the Student Profile
  2. Rethinking Personal and Communal Formation
  3. Refashioning Key Institutional Cultures
  4. Reshaping the Theological Curriculum

CONCLUSION

  1. Further Barriers to Institutional Reform
  2. Other Avenues for Change

Index

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