Educating for Impact

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    Leaders and curriculum planners in theological colleges should consider their curriculum in light of its impact.  To fail to do so can condemn us to irrelevance.

    What do we mean however when we talk about the 'impact agenda'?  What is its relationship to theological curricula and to life and ministry of our graduates? Are there critical issues as well with the impact agenda that we need to consider? And even once we are convinced about the importance of impact, how do we go about measuring it, what kind of questions should we be using?  

    These and other issues need careful consideration as we design and re-design curricula in theological education that are relevant to context.

    Course Outcomes

    This course draws on the 2015 ICETE Consultation (C15) held in Antalya, Turkey and deals with a number of issues related to the impact of theological education.  The course is suitable for those that are wanting to understand what impact is and how to plan for it in their context. 

    Course content
    • Connecting Curriculum and Context: The Foundations for Relevance in Theological Education (R.Das)
    • Teaching and Learning that Impact Life and Ministry  (B.Ott)
    • How to Measure Impact in Theological Education  (P.Penley)
    • Asking the Right Question  (C.Parro)
    • What Difference Do we Make? Impact-based Assessment in Formal Theological Education  (E.Sendek)
    • Seminar sessions: Measuring Cultural Impact: the Missional Audit (M.Sigmon), A Critical Assessment of the Impact Agenda (M.Oxenham), More than a Mile Deep (Z.Ismail), Vertical Impact (M.Oxenham)
    • Concluding remarks (D. Baer)


    This course collects the contributions from experts convened by the ICETE in Antalya, Turkey at C-15 and whose materials are made available through

    Delivery mode

    This is a self-paced online course.


    10 hours of learning.

    ICETE Academy points

    10 points.

    Completion requirements

    You will need to complete the learning sections, submit a reflective paper together with your notes from the video recorded materials.

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