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ISBN: 9781783683390
Imprint: Langham Global Library
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 20
Publication Date: 14/11/2017
Pages: 368
Series: ICETE Series
Language: English

Leadership in Theological Education, Volume 2

Foundations for Curriculum Design


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 seminars for the professional development of evangelical academic leaders and administrators to help institutions in their pursuit of quality and excellence in theological education.

This publication is the second 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 and curriculum development.

Each chapter shares and illustrates the expertise and understanding the contributors have of education and curriculum design 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 course administrators around the world.

Author Bios

Fritz Deininger
(Edited By)

FRITZ DEININGER has a ThD in New Testament from the University of South Africa and is an associate professor at Columbia International University, South Carolina, USA. He also taught at the Academy for World Mission in Germany and is the Coordinator of IPAL. With his wife, he served in Thailand from 1981 to 2008 planting churches, training leaders and as the academic dean of Bangkok Bible Seminary where he still teaches courses as a visiting professor. He has been the Coordinator for IPAL for many years.

Orbelina Eguizabal
(Edited By)

ORBELINA EGUIZABAL has a PhD in Educational Studies from Talbot School of Theology, California, USA, where she is Professor of Christian Higher Education. She serves as a visiting professor in seminaries in several Latin American countries and spent twenty years at Seminario Teolóico Centroamericano, Guatemala City, Guatemala. She has been collaborating with ICETE since 2008 and is part of the Spanish-speaking teaching team of Seminars for Academic Leaders in Latin America.


In this book the authors from across the globe, with proven expertise and experience in theological instruction and educational principles, provide atimely and relevant resource which clearly articulates the biblical foundations and learning theories and practices for effective curriculum design and implementation towards an enriching and transforming educational experience.I highly recommend this book for use by all faculty and academic leaders who desire and are committed to transformative theological education in their institutions.

Rev Emmanuel Chemengich, DMin
Executive Director,
Association for Christian Theological Education in Africa (ACTEA)

This book is a substantive and diverse tapestry, so vitally important and critical to the future of creative, God-blessed theological education. My prayer is that our courageous educators, especially those in its highest leadership, will be bold enough to read, study and implement the wisdom in this foundational resource.

William D. Taylor, PhD
Former faculty of Seminario Teológico Centroamericano
and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Thirty years with Mission Commission, World Evangelical Alliance

This book provides a comprehensive understanding of curriculum, and guides academic leaders through the complex process of curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation. Written by seasoned theological educatorsfrom around the globe, this book serves as a much-needed roadmap to curriculum design for theological education. It will help theological institutions develop relevant training programs that will impact church and society in their contexts.

Theresa Roco-Lua, EdD
General Secretary, Asia Theological Association

In the current very complicated context of socio-political crisis in Eastern Europe between Ukraine and Russia, theseseminars especially deeply shaped my understanding of contextualized curriculum design and challenged me with questions regarding developing a learning community so that we would stay faithful to the kingdom of God and better fulfill the mission of the church.

Taras Dyatlik
Regional Director for Euro-Asia, Overseas Council
Director of Educational Development, E-AAA
Member of the ICETE board

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction

  2. Part I – Curriculum Design and Development
    1. 1. Foundations for Curriculum Design in Theological Education
      1. Fritz Deininger
    2. 2. The Role of Academic Leaders in Curriculum Design
      1. Paul Sanders
    3. 3. Steps for Curriculum Design
      1. Steve Hardy
    4. 4. Contextualized Curriculum Design
      1. Errol Joseph
    5. 5. Implementation of Changes and Evaluation in Curriculum Design
      1. John Lillis
  3. Part II – Facilitating Teaching and Learning
    1. 6. The Role of Academic Leadership in Designing Transformative Teaching and Learning
      1. Allan Harkness
    2. 7. Assessment of Learning in Curriculum Development
      1. Charles de Jongh
    3. 8. Blended Learning: Curriculum Design for Effective Learning
      1. Rhonda McEwen
  4. Part III – Creating Learning Communities
    1. 9. Developing a Learning Community in Theological Education
      1. Fritz Deininger
    2. 10. The Impact of the Hidden Curriculum in Teaching, Learning, and Spiritual Development
      1. John Kpaleh Jusu
    3. 11. Integrated Curriculum Design for Holistic Student Development
      1. Vera Brock
    4. 12. A Shift to People of God Paradigm A Case Study: Bangkok Bible Seminary
      1. Natee Tanchanpongs

  5. Bibliography
  6. The Contributors


Vera R. Brock

VERA R. BROCK has a BA in Theology with emphasis on Christian Education from the Word of Life Bible Seminary (WOLBS) in Atibaia, Brazil, and an MA in Education from Universidade São Francisco in São Paulo, Brazil. She served at the WOLBS for twenty-seven years (1986– 2011) as a professor in Christian Education, and was the Academic Dean for seventeen years. For nine years, she was Secretary General for AETAL (1999–2007). She collaborates with AETAL in the Accreditation Committee. She collaborated with ICETE in the IPAL courses in Brazil.

Steven A. Hardy

STEVE HARDY has worked as a missionary educator since the mid-1970s and has lived in Ethiopia, Brazil, Mozambique, South Africa, the UK and the USA. His love is teaching, and he has served as an educational consultant with SIM, Overseas Council, Langham Partnership, and the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education. He is the author of a number of articles and an adult Sunday School curriculum on missions. He is married to LeAnne, a librarian, author of Christian fiction and editor of Christian books. Steve and LeAnne recently retired to northwest Wisconsin, USA. They have two grown daughters and three grandchildren.

Allan Harkness

ALLAN HARKNESS, MA, BD, PhD (Murdoch, Western Australia) is Dean and Education Programs Director of AGST Alliance. He has authored a number of articles and book chapters in the fields of Christian education and theological education. A former editor of the Journal of Christian Education, he is currently on the editorial board of two academic journals in these fields. From New Zealand, Allan and his wife Marven have lived and served in S. E. Asia for most of the time since 1988, as members of OMF International. He is based in Singapore, where he also serves on several medical and research ethics committees and panels. Allan may be contacted by email: allan.harkness@

Charles de Jongh

CHARLES DE JONGH has served as Academic Dean and Lecturer (Biblical and Youth Studies) at Malyon College since 2007, having previously served at the Baptist Theological College of Southern Africa and in Hilton Baptist Church. He has studied in the areas of Christian ministry and theology and higher education, achieving a BA, LTh, MA, DLitt et Phil and DEd in the process. At present, he is particularly interested in the interface between learning outcomes and assessment, endeavoring to develop and propose different approaches to assessment, particularly in the higher-education setting. Additionally, he retains a deep interest in the ministry of Mission Aviation Fellowship, having previously served as the South African board chairman. He is married to Susan and has two daughters.

Errol Elton Joseph

ERROL ELTON JOSEPH (BTh, Jamaica Theological Seminary, MACE, Caribbean Graduate School of Theology; and PhD in Organizational Leadership, Regent University in Virginia Beach, USA) has served as high-school Principal, Academic Dean, and President of a theological college and has been involved in theological education since 1982. For more than twenty years he was the Secretary/Treasurer of the Caribbean Evangelical Theological Association. In addition, Rev. Joseph has participated in several national committees related to education, including the National Advisory Committee to the Minister of Education and the Vision 2020 Sub-Committee on Secondary Education. Currently, he serves as Vice-President of Academic Affairs at the West Indies School of Theology, Elder-Director of Christian Education of Open Bible Standard Churches, Executive Member and Accrediting Coordinator of the Caribbean Evangelical Theological Association (CETA), and External Examiner for the South African Theological Seminary. He lectures in Spiritual Formation, Principles of Leadership, and Conflict Management, and conducts seminars and workshops in these areas. In addition, he is an evaluator, team chair, programme evaluator, and member of the Accreditation Review Committee of the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago.

John Jusu

JOHN JUSU (PhD) is a missionary of the Association of Evangelicals in Africa, seconded to the Africa International University in Nairobi, Kenya. He is an ordained minister of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Sierra Leone. He is currently on an extended leave of absence from the university and is serving with the Overseas Council International as Africa Regional Director. He works extensively on transformational curriculum issues in response to the context in which formal and non-formal education happens in Africa. His expertise is in understanding the epistemological frameworks of Africans striving to go into pastoral and teaching ministries of the church in Africa, and how that understanding may influence educational practices. In light of this expertise, John serves as Curriculum Consultant for the More Than a Mile Deep – Global Curriculum, Supervising Editor for the Africa Study Bible, Senior Researcher for the Africa Leadership Study, and member of the Global Associates for Transformational Education. John is also involved in faculty development for many educational initiatives in Africa. John is married to Tity. They have three children.

John R. Lillis

JOHN R. LILLIS earned his Doctorate in Education at Michigan State University, USA. Since returning from Southeast Asia as a missionary with his wife, Gail, John has held senior positions at various educational institutions and is currently Provost at Grace College and Seminary, Indiana, USA.

Rhonda M. McEwen

RHONDA M. MCEWEN (PhD Educational Studies, Trinity International University; MA Cross-Cultural Ministries, Dallas Theological Seminary; BA Linguistics, University of Ottawa) served as Assistant Dean at Azusa Pacific University’s University College in Southern California. Before joining APU, Rhonda served as professor in the graduate programs in Intercultural Education/InterculturalStudies at Biola University. Previously, she taught at Wheaton College, Dallas Seminary, and Trinity International University, as well as at several community colleges. In addition to higher education, she has worked with international and community faith-based organizations, such as the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, Food for the Hungry International, World Concern, and OMF. Rhonda is from Canada, and has lived and worked in a variety of countries in Asia and Africa.

Paul Sanders

PAUL SANDERS was born in the USA to a Swedish father (Baptist pastor) and a Lebanese mother. Paul holds a BA in History from Oregon State University, a Master of Divinity in Christian Education, a Master of Theology in practical theology from Western Seminary in Oregon, as well as the doctorate in Modern History from the University of Paris IV-Sorbonne. He is married to Agnès, French physician, and they have three adult children and two grandchildren. After twenty-five years of ministry in the Paris area in church planting and theological education, Paul and his family moved to Beirut (Lebanon) where he served for nearly fifteen years as academic dean and provost of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut (, then as International Director of the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education ( and the Middle East Association for Theological Education ( The Sanders now make their home in the city of Nantes in western France.

Natee Tanchanpongs

NATEE TANCHANPONGS is the academic dean of Bangkok Bible Seminary and a pastor at Grace City Church, Bangkok, Thailand. He received his Ph.D. in theological studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 2007, where he worked in the area of contextual hermeneutics. Thereafter he served the World Evangelical Alliance Theological Commission (WEA-TC), in which he worked in a study unit on contextualization. He is married to Bee. They have two children, Maisie and Meno.

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