Date of Award
Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS)
Theological education in the third world is coming of age, but not without growing pains. The church overseas has been experiencing tremendous growth in recent years and is becoming more mature. Because of this, the demand for well-trained leaders has increased remarkably. In many areas of the world, the established theological schools have not been able to supply the necessary numbers of trained pastors required by the churches. This is further aggravated by the fact that not all of the graduates of theological and Bible schools actually become pastors. This phenomenon has precipitated a serious and necessary re-evaluation of the whole system of theological education and provoked some observers to criticize it as an impractical Western pattern. A cry for innovative reforms is heard from many sectors. It was in this context that the present study was undertaken.
Land, Thomas Warren Hawkins, "Theological Education in the Third World: An Appraisal and Recommendation" (1981). Western Evangelical Seminary Theses. 326.