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ISBN: 9781783684779
Imprint: Langham Global Library
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 16
Publication Date: 14/10/2018
Pages: 302
Series: ICETE Series
Language: English

Leadership in Theological Education, Volume 3

Foundations for Faculty Development


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 third and final volume intended to accompany and support the IPAL seminars as well as be an independent resource to aid theological institutions with faculty development.

Faculty development is at the heart of theological education. This book lays the foundation for institutions to equip, train and release emerging academic leaders to advance their careers and improve the standards of their teaching and research. The contributors to this volume share the findings of research conducted at evangelical academic institutions in various contexts around the world so other senior administrators can enhance the quality of theological education at their own institution.

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.


I look forward to seeing theological schools and training programs renewed as faculty develop through the processes outlined in this volume. May the Lord transform us, so we can transform others.

Paul Allan Clark, PhD
Director of Education, Overseas Council
United World Mission

Leadership can be a solitary art. This book not only provides a rich palette of resources for those involved in leadership positions in theological education, but also gives a sense of global companionship in the task.

Marvin Oxenham, PhD
Director, ICETE Academy
General Secretary, European Council for Theological Education

This book contributes to the healthy development of recruitment and training of faculty. Gone are the days when we measure the success of faculty recruitment by the number of good recruits with excellent grades. Leaders are not only readers, but mentors who dare to spend more time in integrating theories with practical matters.

Joseph Shao, PhD
4th General Secretary of Asia Theological Association
President, Biblical Seminary of the Philippines

One excellent component of this book is how it goes from the big picture to very practical tools that can be promptly applied in our schools. A must-read for current and future academic leaders.

Jenniffer Contreras Flores, PhD
Academic Dean, SEMISUD, Ecuador

Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
  1. Part I – Foundational Considerations in Faculty Development
    1. 1. The Role of Faculty in Theological Education
      1. Fritz Deininger
    2. 2. Definitions and Concepts of Faculty Development
      1. Graham Cheesman
    3. 3. Establishing an Institutional Culture as a Foundation for Faculty Development
      1. Pablo Sywulka
  2. Part II – Practical Ways in Faculty Development
    1. 4. Designing and Implementing a Faculty Development Plan: Strategies for Faculty Development
      1. Robert W. Ferris
    2. 5. Administrative Responsibilities of Academic Leaders in Dealing with Faculty
      1. Les Crawford
    3. 6. Using Evaluation to Help Teachers Grow
      1. Steve Hardy
  3. Part III – Strategic Processes in Faculty Development
    1. 7. Building a Faculty Team
      1. Pieter Theron
    2. 8. Coaching Faculty Members in Their Career Development
      1. Ralph Enlow
    3. 9. Developing the Faculty as Mentors: Cultivating a Developmental Culture to Meet a Critically Missing Element in Evangelical Higher Education
      1. Ron Watters
    4. 10. Developing Academic Leaders from among the Faculty
      1. Orbelina Eguizabal
  4. Bibliography
  5. The Contributors


Graham Cheesman

GRAHAM CHEESMAN (PhD, Queen’s University, Belfast) has been a Baptist minister in England, a missionary lecturer in Nigeria for seven years, and then the principal of Belfast Bible College, a constituent college of Queen’s University, Belfast, for seventeen years. He was Director of the Centre for Theological Education in Belfast for the five years of its lifetime, and has been a staff member of the European Evangelical Accrediting Association. He is an honorary lecturer of Queen’s University, Belfast, teaches in undergraduate and graduate programs, and supervises doctoral students. He is also involved in administering and tutoring postgraduate courses in theological education at London School of Theology. He has traveled widely to teach and promote good theological education and is the author of three books and a number of articles.

Leslie J. Crawford

LESLIE J. CRAWFORD (EdD, Columbia International University) has been serving as academic dean at Adelaide College of Ministries in Australia for over thirty years and is involved in theological education internationally through the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE) as a representative of the South Pacific Association of Evangelical Colleges (SPAEC). He is married to Elizabeth and has three married children and one grandson.

Ralph E. Enlow, Jr.

RALPH ENLOW is President of the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), a founding ICETE member network. Prior to assuming leadership of ABHE, Ralph served for twenty-eight years as an educational leader at Columbia International University, including six years as Senior Vice President and Provost.

Robert W. Ferris

ROBERT W. FERRIS is a Professor Emeritus at Columbia International University (CIU), South Carolina, USA. Before joining the CIU faculty, he and his wife, Sue, served for twenty-one years as missionaries in the Philippines in theological education. His specialization is in integration of theology and higher education curriculum and leadership.

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.

Pablo Sywulka

PABLO SYWULKA was born in Guatemala, where his parents served as missionaries. He did undergraduate studies at Columbia Bible College (BA, 1961) and the University of Guatemala (history, 1962–1963). He received his ThM (1967) and PhD (2001) from Dallas Theological Seminary. He has served at SETECA (Seminario Teológico Centroamericano) in Guatemala as professor, academicdean, and president. He served as General Secretary of the Asociación Evangélica de Educación Teológica en América Latina (AETAL) from 2007 to 2016.

Pieter F. Theron

PIETER F. THERON is a South African. After twenty-six years of intercultural ministry in Zambia, the Philippines and Mongolia, he served for one year as professor of Missiology at Simpson University, Redding, USA. Currently he is serving as the lead pastor of South Umpqua Community Church in Tiller, Oregon, USA. Pieter is married to Haniki and they have two daughters, Anri and Sonja. Pieter is a graduate of North-West University and the Universityof Pretoria. His doctoral dissertation was in missiology, developing a model for program development for training missionaries based on the educational philosophy of Paulo Freire. He also completed studies in cultural anthropology with the University of South Africa, and in educational management with the University of Bath, UK.
He has served in various educational leadership capacities: faculty member, dean of students, academic dean, president, and board member. He has been involved in various aspects, settings, levels, and formats of education: teaching, administration, accreditation, governance, program/curriculum development, strategic planning, organizational development, recruitment, international schooling, undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate, formal and non- formal education.

Ron Watters

RON WATTERS (PhD, Trinity International University) is on the President’s Team of the International Leadership Consortium (ILC), which is composed of affiliated educational institutions globally. For nearly four decades he has worked in Christian leadership development, mostly in Asia. Thirty of those years were with the International Graduate School of Leadership in the Philippines, wherehe served primarily as the Dean of Academic Affairs. Throughout his life, he has mentored believers with the goal of developing them into spiritual multipliers. He also works with organizations on the strategic alignment and development of their personnel and systems with their stated mission, vision, and core values.

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