n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Regional theological associations and theological curriculum development in East Africa : challenges and prospects

Volume 38, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



Ever since the 1970s, regional theological associations like the Association of Theological Institutions in Eastern Africa (ATIEA), Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians and Ecumenical Symposium of East African Theologians have been instrumental in influencing the development and implementation of theological education curriculum either directly or indirectly. They have contributed through research, writing and pedagogy to the evolvement of relevant and contextual theologies. In the last ten years, however, with the conversion of former theological colleges into universities with accreditation status, the accrediting and examining roles of associations such as ATIEA has become moribund. A lack of funding has also negatively affected the associations. This article explores this development and suggests ways in which the associations can continue to function as trendsetters in theological education in a changed environment.

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