Original Research - Special Collection: Practical Theology

An Integrated Competency-Based Training Model for theological training

James K. Mwangi, Ben J. de Klerk
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 67, No 2 | a1036 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v67i2.1036 | © 2011 James K. Mwangi, Ben J. de Klerk | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 17 February 2011 | Published: 04 November 2011

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James K. Mwangi, North-West University, South Africa
Ben J. de Klerk, North-West University, South Africa

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This article examines the relationship between theological training and practical ministry with the purpose of addressing the fundamental problems that hinder theological training from becoming relevant. There exists a general concern about the way theological schools are preparing men and women for church ministry, with the church leadership feeling like graduates are not up to the task of ministering despite the theological training. The research has established that there is a relationship between theological training and practice of ministry and that practical ministry can only be improved through enhancing theological training. Ultimately the article establishes the need for a competent training programme modelled after the New Testament Discipleship Model approach. This model integrates knowledge, being and practical training. The article tries to outline a model of training (i.e. the Integrated Competency-Based Training Model) that will seek to address many of the inadequacies in the training of church ministers with the aim of making theological training translate into the practice of ministry.


East and Central Africa; Church-based training; Integrated Competency-Based Training; Practical ministry; Scholastic Model; Theological Training


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