The Balkan Contexts


The story of theological education in the Balkan region is rich and complex. 

This course allows you to participate virtually in a consultation held in 2018 that gathered a number of the key players in theological education the region to address issues of shifting paradigms, the changing perspectives of Balkan churches, issues of institutional leadership, vocational and change, the emergence of public theology and new opportunities (such as those with the Roma community) that can lead to innovation.

Whether you operate as a theological educator in the Balkan region or not, this course will help you appreciate this region and open your eyes to many global issues that invest theological education.

Course Outcomes

This is course based on a 2018 consultation of theological colleges organised by the Central and Eastern European Associations for Missions Studies (CEEAMS) in Osijek, investigating the trends, challenges and needs of theological education in the Balkan context.  This course is recommended for all those operating in the region. 

Course content
  • Welcome and introduction to the consultation
  • Perspectives in Europe - Dr Bernhard Ott
  • Church perspectives - Dr Thellman (moderator)
  • Institutional perspectives - Dr Penner (moderator)
  • Innovative practices - Dr Parush (moderator)
  • The future of theological education - Dr Peter Penner


This course is authored by a number of keys speakers that participated in the Osijek 2018 consultation hosted by  the Central and Eastern European Association for Mission Studies (CEEAMS) in cooperation with the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Osijek, Croatia.

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 form on a selection of possible topics, and write a brief summative essay on the main points of the consultation.

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