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ISBN: 9781783680849
Imprint: Langham Global Library
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 14
Publication Date: 14/10/2015
Pages: 264
Series: ICETE Series
Language: English

Serving Communities

Governance and the Potential of Theological Schools


The contexts in which theological schools operate is changing rapidly, presenting CEOs, administrators, faculty, and governing bodies with new challenges. How can theological schools adapt to these changing contexts while maintaining missional clarity? What role do each of these groups of actors play in this process? This publication describes the experience of four theological schools and presents some practical suggestions for how they can adapt in dynamic environments. 

Author Bios

Jason Ferenczi

JASON FERENCZI, EdD, has been engaged with theological education in the Majority World for nearly twenty years in his roles with Overseas Council and Cornerstone Trust. He and his wife, Stefanii, have four daughters and reside in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in the US.


Serving Communities is a radical contribution to the notion of governance. Dr Ferenczi does not give an upside-down approach, but explores its multifaceted reality. This book is a must read for leaders in theological education to impact and be relevant to the global challenges faced by churches and seminaries today.

Ashish Chrispal
Regional Director, Asia, Overseas Council

Few know the global theological education landscape better than Dr Ferenczi. Broadly grounded in historical perspective he brings together the three most critical pieces for analysis and progress in Bible schools and seminaries: leadership (governance), the local church and vision. Each chapter commands our attention with insights skillfully guiding us to a more promising future where the academy and the church synergize their energies for the equipping of people for ministry.

Duane H. Elmer
G. W. Aldeen Professor Emeritus of International Studies,
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Educational Studies,
Trinity International University / Evangelical Divinity School

Sensible governance of theological seminaries and wise organizational leadership to advance Christian leaders in the multi-national, multi- religious and complicated socio-political contexts of Eurasia are the most crucial issues and challenges for educational leaders in the countries of the former Soviet Union. This book by Dr Jason Ferenczi is an invaluable contribution to the qualitative development of Eurasian theological schools. . .

Taras Dyatlik
Regional Director for Eurasia Overseas Council,
Educational Development Director for Euro-Asian Accrediting Association