A (Working) Philosophy of Missional-Theological Education

Introduction

The kind of Christian (or, theological) education presently in view for theory and praxis is characteristically known as the ‘missional’ model. As such, it “places the main emphasis on theological mission, on hands-on partnership in ministry based on interpreting the tradition and reflecting on practice with a strong spiritual and communal dimension” (1). The following philosophy for missional-Christian education holds that such emphases can best be accomplished in the context of a local church.

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(1) Banks, Robert. Reenvisioning Theological Education. (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999), 144. Banks continues, This model “is primarily though not exclusively concerned with actual service – informed and transforming – of the kingdom and therefore primarily focuses on acquiring cognitive, spiritual-moral, and practical obedience.”

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