Reenvisioning Theological Education
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A top leadership theorist offers a compelling proposal for renovating the way religious education is practiced today. Christian colleges and seminaries have not been immune from the cultural influences shaping contemporary education. Challenging the conventional wisdom advanced by the educational debate during the last fifteen years, Robert Banks builds an innovative new model of theological education based on how ministry formation took place in biblical times. Banks takes full account of key issues raised by our current educational context and shows how a "missional model" of education is more holistic, inclusive, and practical than recent versions.
Robert Banks (Ph.D.,University of Cambridge), was director and dean of Macquarie Christian Studies Institute in Sydney, Australia, and former Professor of Laity and founding director of the new De Pree Center for Leadership at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of many books, including Redeeming the Routines, God the Worker, Faith Goes to Work, The Tyranny of Time, Paul's Idea of Community, and he teamed up with another leading author in the field of applying Christianity to everyday life, R. Paul Stevens of Regent College-Vancouver, to produce one of the top five volumes in the whole field, The Complete Book of Everyday Christianity. Together with his wife Linda - also an author, as well as an experienced teacher and chaplain - Robert enjoys visiting and learning about other places and cultures, most recently China.