Understanding and Developing Theological Education
Historically education has been driven from behind – the history, and above – the educational institution. Traditions and adherence requirements have led to inflexible models of school leadership that are focused on administration and rife with educational politics. In contrast, today’s theological landscape needs institutions with a grassroots-driven educational system, looking to a future that is biblically and theologically grounded. This publication, an English translation from the original German focuses on the leadership and curriculum development required for such a paradigm shift. Ott comprehensively assesses trends in current theological education across the world with detailed reference to wider trends in global tertiary education. Written primarily for those in leadership roles at theological schools and training institutions, this handbook is an essential resource for equipping the next generation of leaders in theological education.
Theology and Education have come together in recent years to form the discipline of “theological education”. Dr Bernhard Ott brings a lifetime of reading and research, teaching, educational leadership and international collaboration to his book Understanding and Developing Theological Education. His professional involvement in three educational mega-systems (UK, EU, USA) reveals first-hand knowledge of their inner workings and interrelations. He also reveals to the reader the foundational Germanic tradition in theological education, often little known by non-German readers. Dr Ott also has broad international experience in the European Evangelical Accrediting Association (EEAA) and the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE), and is well acquainted with ecumenical theological education.
The result: a clearly-written and comprehensive textbook for theological education, a resource for many years to come. A must-read for theological educators, students and leaders; for all who wish to understand better how theology can be educational and education theological.
International Director Emeritus, ICETE
Provost Emeritus, Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, Lebanon