Ministry Education That Transforms

Ministry Education That Transforms : Modeling and Teaching the Transformed Life

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God clearly intends that lives of Christians and the life of the church should differ from those of the unredeemed. The Christian and the church should be "salt and light." Preparing spiritual leaders who have the grace, credibility, and wisdom to effect such change demands more than transmission of knowledge. Equipping for transformative ministry requires a divinely empowered and educationally intentional experience that leads to transformation in the lives of students.

Ministry Education that Transforms brings together theological insight and educational research in support of practical methods that align with transformative ends. The authors' experience with Global Associates for Transformational Education (GATE) workshops, and the impact they have had with this approach to education formation, testifies that this is not a mere call for change, but a tried and tested methodology crucial to theological education.
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  • Paperback | 174 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 9.4mm | 240.4g
  • Langham Global Library
  • Carlisle, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1783684224
  • 9781783684229
  • 1,656,401

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Ministry Education That Transforms is much more than a manifesto on theological education. It is the fruit of reflection of theological educators with experience in different cultures and of their practice across cultures. It is an invitation to remember that the call of theological education is transformation, fostering the appropriation of God's truth to shape the worldview, character and practice of seminary students and of the church. This book is a must-read for those who view education not as training, but as formation, and want to learn more about transformational perspectives and methods.

Elizabeth Sendek

President, Seminario Bíblico de Colombia, Medellin, Colombia

I have known the authors of Ministry Education That Transforms for more than fourteen years. I can report that the lives of hundreds of faculty members in Eastern Europe, and those of their students, have been transformed through the principles and methods described in this book. The authors present methodologies and practical examples for rethinking seminary education. Here you will find a balance between high academic requirements and focus on equipping graduates for effective ministry in the church. The book stays on solid theoretical ground, yet with a practical orientation which enables theological schools in the Majority World to avoid many mistakes.

Sergiy Sannikov, PhD

Emeritus President, Euro-Asian Accrediting Association

Into the rather placid waters of a theological educator's teaching experience, this book tosses the question, "What for?" It demands that we rethink our reasons for teaching and asks that we re-purpose teaching towards transformation. Significantly, the transformation needed encompasses both tutor and taught, since to the student, "the faculty is the curriculum." Here is a book that prepares educators to prepare their students to serve the church. May its ripples increase!

Havilah Dharamraj, PhD

Academic Dean, South Asia Institute for Advanced Christian Studies, Bengaluru, India

Traditionally, faculty development was seen only from the perspective of credentializing professors. Recognizing this as problematic has led to solving a big flaw in theological education. Ministry Education That Transforms represents the essence of a training project that has taken theological education to a next level, helping seminaries to be transformational and not just content providers. The GATE curriculum provides a critical answer to a real need in faculty development.

Josue Fernandez

Regional Director for Latin America and Caribbean, Overseas Council

Many of us have heard critics say that theological education is neither theological nor educational. The reason this perception exists is the lack of teachers' training for theological educators. This book, Ministry Education That Transforms, is written by educators who also are theological thinkers. I highly recommend the book to those who want to see students participate in our ministry of transformation. So much of our theological education has lost its missional and ministry focus and hence we fail to see the church as a transformed and transforming community. This book is practical and has a strong theological foundation. I am convinced it will help teachers see their role as agents of transformative learning, resulting in a future more promising and a church leadership more focused on God's mission and ministry.

Ashish Chrispal, PhD

Senior Consultant, Overseas Council

As a GATE Associate, I highly recommend this book for use by educators and institutions who desire to see transformation of their graduates and the communities they are called to serve.

Rev Emmanuel Chemengich, DMin

Executive Director, Association for Christian Theological Education in Africa
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