Transforming Theological Education
A Practical Handbook for Integrative Learning
For several decades concern has been expressed about the need for greater integration and contextual significance in the curricular design of theological education. In addition there has been a growing awareness of the role theological schools should play in strengthening the missional vision and practice of local churches.
Since 2008 the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Lebanon has been engaged in an ongoing experiment in the design and implementation of an integrated and contextually driven curriculum. Drawing on lessons learned from this experience, and from the wider discourse currently taking place in higher education, Transforming Theological Education provides theoretical foundations and practical principles for purposeful curriculum design, as well as tools for integrated and contextually significant learning in the classroom.
We are thrilled to learn that here at long last is a sensible alternative to the tripartite model of biblical, theological, and practical studies. Our next faculty retreat will explore how we may join in this adventure to offer a more integrated and relevant divinity education to the Chinese Church.
Stephen Lee, PhD
President & Lam Ko Kit Tak Professor of Old Testament
China Graduate School of Theology, Hong Kong
I strongly commend this book to every seminary—from the senior leadership to the most junior faculty member. Read it and learn. Read it and change!
Christopher J.H. Wright
International Ministries Director,
I believe that Dr. Shaw's book meets a very real need. It has a good balance of theory and practice, and the focus on learning instead of mere transmission of content, and on the intentional planning for learning through backwards curriculum design are correctives that could have a much needed impact on the way teaching and learning happens in Latin American seminaries.
Paul Branch, MTh