The Future of Theological Education

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    We are aware that the present is not like the past, and that the future will be different again.  But what does the future hold for theological education?  What are current trends that we need to be aware of and how should we respond?

    When it comes to strategic planning for theological education, few things are as important as understanding trends.  But this is a complex matter, and trends and change can be slippery, hard to catch and even dangerous at times.  This course seeks to anchor you to some of the literature and research that deals with future trends that can impact theological education.       

    A broad range of articles have been carefully selected for about general trends in education, specific trends in theological education and with about education can respond to change. A set of videos is also included that deal with some recent research about trends in theological education. 

    Clearly, this course does not say it all, but it can provide solid orientation as we seek to be future-proof. 

    Course Outcomes

    This course is designed to critically engage with some of the trends in higher education and theological education, as well as look at changes happening and likely to happen. The course is suitable for those that are not looking for easy solutions, but are interested in the solid research, reports and resources that is feeding the ongoing conversation.

    Course content
    • Trends in education and theological education
    • Responding to change
    • Future gazing 


    This course is authored by Dr Marvin Oxenham. Marvin is the ICETE Academy Director, General Secretary of the ECTE and Programme Leader for the MA in Theological Education programme at the London School of Theology. He lives in Rome, Italy.  His fields of expertise are in educational philosophy, character education, accreditation and online education. 

    Course materials are delivered through the Postgraduate Programmes in Theological Education offered by London School of Theology.

    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, deliver a creative lesson and reflect on it and pass a quiz covering basic knowledge and understanding of some creative teaching practices.

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