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ISBN: 9781783680801
Imprint: Langham Global Library
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 3
Publication Date: 14/10/2015
Pages: 66
Series: ICETE Series
Language: English

Best Practice Guidelines for Doctoral Programs


A ‘second reformation’ in global theology is currently taking place. In the Majority World, evangelical theological education is growing rapidly and increasing its global impact. Scholars are applying the fruits of their research in Biblical and theological fields to their contexts to serve the needs of theological students and churches and their leaders. One of the most significant trends within this growth of global theological education is the increasing emergence of evangelical doctoral programs.

Starting with a major consultation in Beirut in 2010, ICETE’s Doctoral Initiative has been working to provide resources to develop and equip these programs. This book contains the results of that work, including the Beirut Benchmarks for Research Doctoral Programs (2010), the Beirut Benchmarks for Professional Doctorates (2011), and a well-developed series of statements on best practices, which explain, amplify, and help apply the Benchmarks. Written out of a commitment to excellence, and a belief that such excellence is honouring to God, and of service to His Church, this work will benefit doctoral programs, students and supervisors working both in the Majority World and the West.

Author Bios

Ian J. Shaw
(Edited By)

IAN SHAW is CEO of the Opal Trust, a Christian ministry which serves churches in the Majority World through resourcing them with Bibles, evangelical books, and literature. He has spent over twenty years in leadership positions in theological education, including as Provost of Union School of Theology, Bridgend, Wales, and Associate International Director of Langham Scholars.

Scott Cunningham
(Edited By)

SCOTT CUNNINGHAM, PhD. Scott’s experience as a theological educator began as a missionary faculty member in Nigerian seminaries. He later served the Association for Christian Theological Education in Africa (ACTEA), assisting seminaries with accreditation. Scott currently serves the international team of Overseas Council as Executive Director.

Bernhard Ott
(Edited By)

BERNHARD OTT has been involved in theological education and academic leadership for more than thirty-five years. He holds an MA from Fresno Pacific University and a PhD from OCMS, Oxford. Currently he serves as the Chairman and Accreditation Director of the European Evangelical Accrediting Association (EEAA) and is the Academic Dean of the European School of Culture and Theology, Korntal, Germany. Bernhard and his wife have four adult children and live in Liestal, Switzerland. They are members of an Anabaptist-Mennonite congregation in Basel, where he serves as a lay minister.


I have carefully reviewed Best Practice Guidelines for Doctoral Programs, and was very impressed with their comprehensive coverage and perceptive articulation. The documents reflect the prevailing requirements of doctoral studies in high-quality institutions of higher education.

Wadi Haddad, PhD
President, Knowledge Enterprise
Editor-in-Chief, TechKnowLogia
Previously Chief of Education Division, World Bank

[This] is a landmark document for evangelical scholarship. It is a document that unequivocally demonstrates that evangelicals are serious about academia. But it is also a document that unmistakably shows that academia must have a purpose that is bigger than an exercise of gaining knowledge as an end in itself.

Desta Heliso, PhD
Director, Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology (EGST)
Chair, Association for Christian Theological Education in Africa (ACTEA)

This document produced by ICETE after several global consultations provides benchmarks for excellence, for prospective doctoral scholars. I highly commend that ICETE related institutions will uphold these benchmarks for the global Christians who will shape the thinking of the church and her involvement in God’s mission.

Ashish Chrispal, PhD
Regional Director for Asia, Overseas Council, USA

Theological education needs scholars educated at the highest academic levels who will use their scholarship as expressions of the deepest levels of faithfulness to the mission of God for the church and the world. The ICETE Best Practice Guidelines for Doctoral Programs provides a thoughtful definition for quality in doctoral programs that meets this need precisely.

Daniel Aleshire, PhD
Executive Director,
The Association of Theological Schools (ATS), North America

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