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Mentoring as a supportive pedagogy in theological training

Nathan H. Chiroma, Anita Cloete
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 71, No 3 | a2695 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v71i3.2695 | © 2015 Nathan H. Chiroma, Anita Cloete | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 April 2014 | Published: 31 March 2015

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Nathan H. Chiroma, Faculty of Theology, Practical Theology, Youth Work, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Anita Cloete, Faculty of Theology, Practical Theology, Youth Work, Stellenbosch University, South Africa


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Abstract

This article contends that theological training supported by effective mentoring can contribute to the shaping of theology students in terms of their spiritual growth, character development and ministry formation. It is further argued that mentoring as a supportive pedagogy needs to be an essential element of theological education. Subsequently, guidelines for making mentoring an effective pedagogy in theological training are proposed. A lot has been written about mentoring; however this article focuses on the use of mentoring as a supportive pedagogy in denominational seminaries as a means of fostering the holistic development of theology students.

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