n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - The cross-cultural mission : an agenda for theological education in Africa

Volume 38, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



Christian education in Africa is at the cross-road. It took its original inception within western models and systems of education. Ministerial formation was done in small biblical colleges operating on a residential model. Because the idea of adapting education in general and theological education in particular, to the growing needs of a growing church never occurred, Jesus' thought that "the harvest is great but the harvesters are a few" is crucial to the mission of the church in the South. The displacement of Christian demography towards the South is a new challenge to the global south Christianity called to undertake a global responsibility to share the burden with the West which undergoes secularisation. The question is whether the vitality of the church in the south is mature enough and well informed to undertake such a global mission including to revitalise Christian faith in the North. This author suggests that back from 1950s the Africans have started to question a Christianity that stood like a western plan; a number of initiatives were taken by young theologians from different streams of Christianity to address issues of inculturation of the gospel and the identity and autonomy; yet the efforts have not been consistent and sustainable enough to nurture a long term project. To undertake the journey, the African Christianity will need to revisit the curricula, taking into consideration a theology of the healing the memories of the African people, the systems and models of education to make them more contextual.

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