n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Ministerial training and theological education in the Methodist Church of Southern Africa : the road ahead

Volume 35, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



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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