The Sacred/Secular Divide - C18

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    The ICETE Manifesto on the Renewal of Evangelical Theological Education affirms that “Our theological programmes must become manifestly of the church, through the church and for the church.” However, in many cases theological education empowers only an elite, and not all the people of God. In reality, there remains a divide between those who serve in full-time or formal ministry, and those who seek to serve faithfully in “secular” positions.

    How should theological educators address this Sacred-Secular Divide? Are we equipping our students with the right worldview and tools in order for them to truly equip their church members for an effective service in all areas of life? What can we learn from one another as we share our global collective wisdom on bridging the Sacred-Secular Divide?

    The 2018 ICETE Consultation in Panama addressed these questions.  

    Course Outcomes

    This course draws on the 2018 ICETE Consultation (C18) held in Panama and deals with a number of issues related to the sacred/secular divide and theological education.  The course is suitable for those who attended the conference and wish to obtain certification for their learning.  

    Course content
    • Naming the issue in our churches and contexts (Ian Shaw and Mark Greene)
    • For such a time as this:   Theological Education for a Secular Age (Gordon T. Smith)
    • The theology of work - (Dotun Reju and Fletcher Tink)
    • Living vocation: theological formation from life and for life (Padilla De Borst)
    • From origins to purpose: bridging the sacred-secular divide through the theology and practice of creation care (Dave Bookless)
    • Naming the issue in our seminaries  (Ian Shaw and Mark Greene)
    • Where are the theologians? A call from across the scholarly divide (Terence Halliday)


    This course is authored by the Consultation plenary speakers and managed by the ICETE Academy administration.

    Delivery mode

    This is an event-related course linked to the 2018 ICETE Consultation in Panama on The Sacred/Secular Divide.


    10 hours of learning.

    ICETE Academy points

    10 points.

    Completion requirements

    You will need to certify your attendance at the 2018 ICETE Consultation in Panama on The Sacred/Secular Divide, participate in the follow up discussion forum and pass a short quiz assessing your knowledge of the content delivered during the plenary seminars. 

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