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Reconstruction of pastoral and theological education in tropical Africa: A review of the case of St. Andrew’s College, Kabare

Julius M. Gathogo
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 74, No 1 | a5049 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v74i1.5049 | © 2018 Julius M. Gathogo | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 April 2018 | Published: 29 August 2018

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Julius M. Gathogo, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Kenyatta University, Kenya; Research Institute for Theology and Religion, University of South Africa, South Africa


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Abstract

The article sets out to demonstrate the need for theopastoral education in tropical Africa, by showcasing St. Andrew’s College, Kabare, in Central Kenya. The statement of the problem therefore is: How has St. Andrew’s College, Kabare, journeyed with its establishment as a centre of theopractical education? This will drive us to methodologically employ historical-analytical design in our bid to understand the intrigues behind the formation and growth of the institution. As it prepares to graduate from a diploma college to a university, how has it wrestled with the challenges in its endeavour to reconstruct theological and pastoral education? The article sets on the premise that the nature of theological articulation in the East African region, as propounded by the then-all powerful East African Revival Movement, needed theopastoral reconstruction via establishment of an institution that would thoroughly address relevant concerns. To this end, the first synod of the diocese of Mt Kenya East, held at St. Andrew’s Church, Kabare, on 26 August 1975, requested the standing committee of the synod to appoint a commission to investigate the future plans of lay and clergy training and report this matter to the next synod. In other words, the first synod of the new diocese foresaw the birth of St Andrew’s as a centre of theological education and holistic training. In view of this, the article will explore the intrigues behind this process in a bid to show its relevance for the rest of the tropical Africa.

Keywords

Challenges in ecclesiastical reconstruction; St. Andrew’s College-Kabare; Pastoral and theological reconstruction; Synod of Mount Kenya East

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