Das, Rupen. “Relevance and Faithfulness: Challenges in Contextualizing Theological Education.” InSights: Journal for Global Theological Education 1, no. 2 (2016): 17-29.
The relevance of theological curricula to specific contexts has always been a challenge. In our pluralistic world where graduates minister in greatly varying contexts and cultures, theological education has to be both relevant and faithful. It is no longer enough to ensure that students have mastered core theological concepts and truths, learned biblical knowledge, and developed basic ministry skills. The impact of a theological institution is now measured by the effectiveness of its graduates in specific ministry contexts. Therefore, theological curricula have to be connected with graduates’ ministry contexts. This article explores historical models that have responded to needs within the Church and in society, and then asks how theological institutions today can be intentionally attuned to context. At the same time, concern for context must be balanced with the need to remain faithful to the Lord regardless of context.
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