Leadership in Theological Education, Volume 1
Foundations for Academic Leadership
The ICETE Programme for Academic Leadership (IPAL) was officially established in 2010 and arose out of the need to provide training to theological institutions in different regions of the world. IPAL provides a three-year cycle of four-day seminars for the professional development of evangelical academic leaders to help institutions in their pursuit of quality and excellence.
This publication is the first of three volumes intended to accompany and support the IPAL seminars as well as independently providing wider access to the principles required by academic leaders for institutional development.
Each chapter shares and illustrates the contributors’ expertise in and understanding of education, leadership and administration in the field of evangelical academic institutions. With an intentional awareness of a wide range of non-Western contexts this volume is a much-needed guide for senior administrators around the world.
I am confident that the academic leadership in theological institutions will finally have a practical guide to enhance their noble mission in advancing theological education for the glory of God and the service of his church and world.
Rev Riad Kassis, PhD
International Director, International Council for Evangelical Theological Education
Director, Scholars Programme, Langham Partnership
The chapters cover important aspects of academic leadership and over helpful orientation to deans, presidents, and other leaders in theological schools. The book promises to be a useful tool for training seminars as well as a valuable resource guide.
Paul Sywulka, PhD
Asociación Evangélica de Educación Teológica en América Latina
President Emeritus, Central American eological Seminary, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Table of Contents
- Part I – Foundations for Theological Education
- 1 Handmaiden to God’s Economy: Biblical Foundations of Theological Education
- 2 Developing an Operational Philosophy of Theological Education: A Primer on Moving from Philosophy to Strategy
- 3 Going to the Promised Land: Vision, Mission and Values and How They Shape Objectives in Theological Education
- 4 Factors that Contribute to Excellence in Theological Education
- Part II – Academic Leadership: Characteristics and Responsibilities
- 5 President and Dean as Partners in Theological Education
- 6 The Academic Deanship as Ministry: A Challenging Leadership Position
- Part III – Academic Leadership: Administrative Practices
- 7 Strategic Planning in Theological Education
- 8 Accreditation: Importance and Benefits for the Institution
- 9 The Academic Dean and Institutional Assessment: What, Why, and How
- Part IV – Academic Leadership: Leadership Practices
- 10 Academic Leaders as Change Agents
- 11 Academic Leadership in Conflict and Crisis: When Working Together Is Not Working
- 12 Practical Reflections from Academic Leadership
- The Contributors