n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - From ecumenical experiment, to denominational necessity, to holistic vision : the Methodist journey in ministerial training

Volume 38, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



Theological education and ministerial training in South Africa in the second half of the twentieth century were characterised by two significant ecumenical schemes - the Faculty of Divinity at Rhodes University and the Federal Theological Seminary. The Methodist Church of Southern Africa (MCSA) was a constituent partner in both ecumenical schemes. By the end of the twentieth century, both schemes had collapsed. In the aftermath of that collapse, denominational colleges were hurriedly established - including John Wesley College in Kilnerton, Pretoria. In 2009, Seth Mokitimi Methodist Seminary (SMMS) was opened as part of the ecumenical Cluster of Theological Institutions in Pietermaritzburg. As well as introducing a new, holistic programme to "form transforming leaders", the new seminary gives rise to significant new ecumenical possibilities.

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