Reenvisioning Theological Education Exploring a Missional Alternative to Current Models

ISBN-10: 0802846203

ISBN-13: 9780802846204

Edition: 1999

Authors: Robert Banks

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Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

The Changing Theological Education Scene Today
Theological Seminaries and Divinity Schools
Bible Institutes and Lay Centers
The Emergence of a More Wide-Ranging Discussion
From Operational to Theological Concerns
A General Outline of the Book
Reassessing Theological Education: The Present Stage of Debate
Retrieving Aspects of the "Classical" Model
The Centrality of Theological Wisdom
The Significance of Personal Formation
The Orientation to Social Transformation
Some Critical Questions
Revising Aspects of the "Vocational" Model
A Focus on Practical Theology
A Preference for Contextualized Apology
Some Critical Questions
Developing a More "Synthetic" Model
The Search for Visionary Discernment
The Quest for Concrete Divine Understanding
The Promise in Idea-Forming Practices
Some Critical Questions
Some Final Responses to the Debate
Elements on Which There Is Agreement
Several Significant Reservations
Two Additional Rejoinders
Backing Into the Future: A Biblical Angle of Vision
The Relevance of a Biblical Starting Point
On the Margins of the Debate
In Defense of a Scriptural Approach
Ministry Formation Before Christ
Early Jewish Roles
Community Representatives
Specialized Callings
Later Jewish Groups
The Pharisees
John's Followers
Some Preliminary Conclusions
Ministry Formation by Christ
The Disciples of Jesus
Who Were the Disciples?
How Were the Disciples Recruited?
What Did Discipleship Entail?
How Were Disciples Distinguished?
Jesus as Teacher
Some General Comments
Ministry Formation After Christ
The Colleagues of Paul
Who Were Paul's Colleagues?
On What Basis Were They Recruited?
How Did He Relate to His Colleagues?
What Was the Purpose of the Group?
Paul as Teacher
Some Common Features
Developing a Missional Model: From the Margins to the Center
Beyond Mission-Oriented and Missiological Education
Developing a New Trajectory in Theological Education
Some Mission-Oriented, Missiological, and Mission-Friendly Approaches
Echoes of a Mission Orientation
Insights from the Discussion of Missiological Education
The Relevance of Praxis-Based and Professional-Training Approaches
Recasting Major Issues in the Debate
Distinctive Characteristics of the Missional Model
Revisiting Central Themes in the Debate
Unity and Fragmentation
Pluralism and Contextualization
A Further Look at the Hermeneutical Issue
Is the Missional Model Anachronistic?
Is the Model Vulnerable to a False Distinction?
Is a More Academic Model Required Today?
Is Biblical Illiteracy a Determining Factor?
The Nature of Learning in a Missional Model
A More Immediate Connection Between Action and Reflection
A More Complex Relationship Between Theory and Practice
Reconceiving Teaching as a Missional Practice
Teaching as Sharing Life as Well as Knowledge
Teaching as Active as Well as Reflective Practice
Some Basic Considerations
Some Particular Suggestions
Bringing About Systemic Change: Some Guideposts to Reform
Reconfiguring the Student Profile
Differences in the Students' Maturity and Experience
Variety in the Kinds and Vocations of Students
Some Additional Comments
Rethinking Personal and Communal Formation
The Role of Personal Formation
The Scope for Community Building
Refashioning Key Institutional Cultures
The Culture of the Educational Institution
The Culture of the Professional Guild
The Culture of the Wider Church
Reshaping the Theological Curriculum
Curriculum Goals and Outcomes
Experiments in Curriculum Change
Reframing the Curriculum
Integrative Postgraduate Study
Further Barriers to Institutional Reform
Financial and Personal Constraints
Space and Time Considerations
Other Avenues for Change
Informal Opportunities
Institutional Openings
Innovative Organizations
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