New Models in Theological Education

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    This is a unique course, presenting the results of a unique research project. 

    For two years, the Overseas Council institute team and Dr. Meri Macleod conducted a qualitative research project with 11 theological seminaries in different parts of the world that had indicated some kind of innovative and unconventional model in their practice of theological education.  The research team interviewed administrators, faculty members and students  to learn more about the motivations, methods and results of innovative practices in theological education institutions in the majority world.  

    Now, you can access the benefits of this research, learning more about innovative leaders, what responding to context looks like, what common 'innovation factors' are, how technology can be incorporated and what implementation looks like for schools that innovate. 

    Beware, this is not a course of theoretical information alone, but one that will challenge you to innovate, innovate, innovate. 

    Course Outcomes

    This course reviews principles of leadership and practice in implementing innovations and new models in theological programs.  It is suitable for both leaders and teachers in theological programs who desire to bring change to their theological education models.  

    Course content
    • Introduction to the Research Project on "Unconventional Models for Theological Education" in the Majority World
    • Leaders who Innovate in Global Theological Education
    • Responding to our Context
    • Common Factors in Developing New Models for Theological Education
    • Incorporating Technology in Theological Education (Part 1 & 2) 
    • Implementing a Pilot Project (Field Testing)
    • No One Standard Model for Theological Education in the World


    This course is authored by Dr Paul Clark as an Overseas Council course. It is based on the research into Unconventional Models for Theological Education conducted by Dr. Meri Macleod (Digital Seminarian). Paul is Education Consultant for Overseas Council USA.  He has been involved in organising and leading many Institutes for Excellence in many parts of the world and brings various levels of expertise and resources to the world of theological education.  He specialises in theological reflection of the human being as learner, and its ramifications for theological teaching 

    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, participate in a discussion forum with a plan for innovation in your context and pass a  short quiz assessing your knowledge and understanding of some of the research underling new models in theological education. 

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