Original Research - Special Collection: Faith Based Organisations

Faith-based agency and theological education: A failed opportunity?

Stephan F. de Beer
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 75, No 4 | a5541 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v75i4.5541 | © 2019 Stephan F. de Beer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 03 May 2019 | Published: 13 December 2019

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Stephan F. de Beer, Centre for Contextual Ministry, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa; and, Department of Practical Theology, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

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After attending to shifts in the landscape of theological education at a public university in South Africa, this article explores the re-imagination of theological education as fostering faith-based agency. With reference to the (potential) role faith-based organisations play in response to developmental challenges in local communities, it then suggests a deliberate retrieval of faith-based sources – locatedness, voices, assets, agency and formation – in liberating theological education. It concludes with concrete curriculum recommendations for consideration.


faith-based agency; theological education; praxis-methodology; socio-ecclesial assets; epistemologies of liberation


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