Lifelong Theological Learning


Lifelong learning may be the real change in education today.   It is education that is not structured, bite-sized, student-centred, skill-centred, fitted for change, potentially removed from community and usually not formally certified.  This kind of education is defined by UNESCO as the 'guiding paradigm for 21st century education'. 

In many ways, traditional theological education around the world is the opposite of lifelong learning, but there may be much to learn.   But there is also much to be cautious about, as lifelong learning is not without challenges and critiques.

Course Outcomes

In this course, policy makers in theological education and quality assurance agency officers will be helped to critically understand what lifelong learning is and how it might inspire new approaches to theological education.  Course outcomes include the acquisition of a richer theoretical framework to engage with the dialogue between formal, non-formal and informal theological education. 

Course content
  • What is lifelong learning
  • The commitments of lifelong learning
  • Thinking theologically about lifelong learning
  • The challenges and critiques of lifelong learning
  • Designing proposals for lifelong theological learning

This course has been developed in partnership with the London School of Theology

Delivery mode

This is a self-paced online course.


2 hours of learning

ICETE Academy points

2 points

Completion requirements

You will need to complete two main readings and produce a proposal for a lifelong learning initiative in our context.  

Course enrolment key


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