PRE-CONFERENCE:

Global Theological education

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Co-hosted and Led by:

The Rev. Canon Art Going, Canon for Leadership Development, Diocese of Christ Our Hope, NC
The Rev. Dr. Michael D. Matlock, Asbury Theological Seminary, KY
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Grant LeMarquand, Dr. Erika Moore, The Rev. Dr. Jack Gabig, Trinity School for Ministry, PA
The Rev. Dr. John Macdonald, SAMS missionary, formerly with Trinity School for Ministry, PA
Dr. Jason Myers, Greensboro College, NC
The Rev. Dr. Steve Noll, Gafcon Global Theological Education Network, PA
Dr. Rollin Grams, Dr. David Currie, Gordon Conwell, MA & NC
The Rev. Randy Forrester, Ridley Institute, SC
The Rev. Dr. Phil Ashey, American Anglican Council

When: Thursday, Sept. 26: 9am – 3:00pm  

 Where: Ridgecrest Room: Ivy 11

How much? Free

Note: Plan to arrive on Wednesday; be sure to add the extra night’s housing and additional meals to your Ridgecrest reservation.

Register for this pre-conference here.

Description: We need a global approach to help equip Anglican theological colleges and seminaries to promote and defend historical Christianity. But the goal of strengthening theological education—helping believers deepen their knowledge of God in Scripture and equipping them to make him known—extends beyond the walls of theological colleges and seminaries. And the question of how better to educate all our people in the knowledge and love of the Lord must be high on any agenda.

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In this pre-conference, we will hear from a variety of practitioners and consider together topics and questions like:

GAFCON & ACNA: How do we connect to the emerging Gafcon Network for Global Theological Education to the ACNA’s Every Tribe, Tongue and Nation and the Anglican Global Mission Partner networks? How do other networks, like the American Anglican Council (AAC) and the Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion, support theological education?

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LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT IN THE NORTH AMERICAN DIASPORA: We’ll focusing not only on theological education in the Global South, but also in the northern hemisphere diaspora, among various immigrant groups and churches.

THE AUDIENCES: Recognizing the different levels of leadership development needed, we will discuss training the laity, training of missionaries and clergy, and networking theologians.

REPORTS FROM THE FIELD: What can we learn from the experiences of new seminaries and other ventures in theological education in the Global South?

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THEOLOGIANS WITHOUT BORDERS: How might we mobilize teachers for short-term intensives in places like Rwanda?

 PRACTICAL QUESTIONS:

•    Should we teach in English or in the local language? What are the advantages/disadvantages of each?

•    Should we pursue northern-hemisphere accreditation standards, or standards more appropriate for the local context?

•    Should we pursue partnerships with northern-hemisphere institutions, and if so what are the challenges and potential pitfalls there?

•    Should we pursue overseas investment or strive to make things self-sustaining at the local level?

•    To what extent should we utilize technology? What are the challenges? Potential dangers?

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•    What are some of the general issues and tensions we might face if we have online learning involving students from different countries/cultures?

•    What are some general issues and tensions regarding the homogenization of theological education and the internationalization of curriculum? Should our curriculum be more about academic knowledge or vocational training?