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ISBN: 9781783682027
Imprint: Langham Global Library
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 12
Publication Date: 30/09/2016
Pages: 214
Series: ICETE Series
Language: English

Excellence in Theological Education

Effective Training for Church Leaders

Theological schools are often led by teachers with minimal administrative experience or training. Excellence in Theological Education is designed to help leaders of theological schools, especially within the Majority World, to affirm the excellence of their own training institutions, and where excellence may be lacking, to discover ideas that will strengthen the quality of administration and education provision.

Author Bios

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.


Many of us in Asia became involved in leadership in theological education right after obtaining our doctoral degrees; often without professional training in governance, administration, curriculum . . . the list goes on. This practical book is an excellent guide for Asian theological educators to help us to achieve excellence in our theological education.

Chiu Eng Tan, PhD
Academic Dean, Biblical Seminary of the Philippines

Dr Steve Hardy shares his vast experience of three decades as a theological educator, drawing on visits to more than one hundred theological training institutions throughout the non-Western world. His insights are not only theoretical, but are rooted and linked with praxis through his own teaching, seminars, and through leaders he has mentored.

Sebastiao Lucio Guimaraes, PhD
Former Director, Evangelical Missions Training Center, Vicosa, MG Brazil

I consider Steve Hardy ́s book a very practical guide for leaders of theological schools. For us, it ́s been helpful on our training seminars at various levels. He provides a map of the most important aspects that institutions of theological education should consider to accomplish their task successfully. He also includes valuable insights to deal with the challenges common in contexts of limited resources and some of the standards to measure up excellence in what we do.

Oscar Campos, PhD
Director, Seminario Teologica Centro-Americano (SETECA), Guatemala

“Excellence or mediocrity” is the key challenge for present-day theological education as theological schools mushroom in the Majority World. Dr Hardy challenges and provides holistic and practical insights for theological education from his vast experience. This book is a must read for all involved in theological education to move from good to excellence in our endeavour.

Ashish Chrispal, PhD
Regional Director, Overseas Council Asia,
Former Principal, Southeast Institute for Advanced Christian Studies (SAIACS), Bangalore, India

Whether you are principal, dean, board member or another position of high responsibility in theological institutions, you will be significantly encouraged and helped by this book.

Paul Sanders, PhD
Former International Director (and Academic Dean),
Arab Baptist Seminary, Beirut, Lebanon
Former Director, International Council for Evangelical
Theological Education (ICETE)

Table of Contents

  1. Preface

  2. 1 - What Is Excellence?
  3. 2 - Excellence in Leadership
  4. 3 - Excellence in Strategic Planning
  5. 4 - Excellence in Governance
  6. 5 - Excellence in Administration
  7. 6 - Excellence in Curriculum
  8. 7 - Excellence in Teachers
  9. 8 - Excellence in Facilities
  10. 9 - Excellence in Libraries
  11. 10 - Excellence in Fundraising
  12. 11 - Excellence in Extending Training
  13. 12 - Excellence in Evaluation and Renewal

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