n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Ministerial training and theological education in the Methodist Church of Southern Africa : the road ahead
|Article Title||Ministerial training and theological education in the Methodist Church of Southern Africa : the road ahead|
|© Publisher:||Southern African Missiological Society (SAMS)|
|Journal||Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies|
|Publication Date||Aug 2007|
|Pages||131 - 152|
|Keyword(s)||Ecumenical theological education, Federal Theological Seminary of Southern Africa, John Wesley College, Methodist Church of Southern Africa, Ministerial training and Pietermaritzburg Cluster of Theological Institutions|
The Methodist Church of Southern Africa is not unique among churches in its struggle to train its ministers, but there are features that make its particular struggle distinctive. Four background features are most notable: the interface of missionary colonialism and indigenous culture, the impact of apartheid, the rise of significant ecumenical training schemes, and their fall just as the new South Africa emerged. The intertwining of these features adds to the complexity of the situation. The culminating question is: Quo vadis Methodist ministerial training and theological education in Southern Africa in the Twenty-first Century?
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