Kirsteen Kim – Unlocking Theological Resource Sharing Between North and South


Kirsteen Kim is Professor of Theology and World Christianity in the School of Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary, USA

Kirsteen Kim deals in this Lausanne article with what I consider to be one of the tragedies of present day evangelicalism: the Western financial and institutional domination of evangelicalism, in the context of a growing evangelical and Pentecostal/charismatic dynamic moving rapidly East and South.
The author suggests a number of well meaning possible solutions for ‘unlocking resource sharing’ in this context. However, I am afraid that, like in the Lausanne movement itself, unless something radical and prophetic happens, the ‘golden rule’ (meaning, ‘who has the gold, makes the rules’ ) will continue to dominate the North-South dynamic. And, for the moment, this dynamic seems to be governed more by the capitalist free market mechanism than by the principles of the Kingdom of God).
From this point of view, I am more hopeful in what secular institutions are trying to do (like the current European Union discussion that access should be TOTALLY FREE for ALL scholarly journals), than in the willingness of Christians to think and act outside of the capitalist box.
I am very curious what others think about this.

Here are a few excerpts from the article.

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key dilemma faced by theological educators is that, whereas most students are in the South, many of the resources are in the North.

  • Although, throughout the North, the overwhelming majority of church leaders have theological education, sometimes to doctoral level, overall enrolment in theological education is declining, including in evangelical schools.
  • In the South, many churches are led by people without the benefit of theological education and without access to it. However, although concrete data on theological education in the South is lacking, regional theological associations report rapid growth. Moreover, some faculty at institutions in the South now have higher levels of faculty qualifications to enable them to offer doctoral degrees.

Despite the shifting picture, the absolute majority of teaching staff, scholarship funds, theological libraries and publications are still located in the North. Furthermore, the decline of theological education in the North, together with the ongoing effects of the 2008 financial crisis, has restricted the already-limited funds available from the North for theological education in the South.

Despite the financial constraints, there is much that can be done to address the current imbalance in theological education between North and South. I shall give some practical examples and suggestions of resource sharing below. However, in order for this to happen, we need the kind of theological education that encourages such sharing.

One of the reasons for the inadequate resource sharing is that theological education—both in the North and the South—is dominated by models developed to serve the institutional church of a largely homogenous community in a particular locality.

Along with the development of missional church, we need missional theological education. Becoming missional is not just a matter of adding in optional courses in ‘missiology’ or ‘global Christianity’; it requires a paradigm shift in the way the entire theological curriculum is taught. This change is happening:

  • Biblical studies is recognizing the cultural and regional diversity of the early church.
  • Systematic theology is taking account of the systems of thought in Asia, Africa, and indigenous peoples.
  • Church history is becoming integrated with mission history, and recognizing the polycentric nature of Christian movements.
  • Practical theology is focusing not only on local but also on global questions and on their interconnectedness.

When we learn through our theological education to value the whole church—diverse, multicultural, global, and interdependent—we will realize the importance of resource sharing. The Lausanne Movement can be a catalyst to speed up change, which needs to take place in the accrediting agencies as well as the institutions for theological education.

(Read HERE the entire article, to find the solutions suggested by the author to this serious problem.)

 

 

 

Dewi Hughes – A Tribute to a Great Man of God


Dewi Arwel Hughes

I just found out that my dear friend Dewi Arwel Hughes went to bee with the Lord. May he rest in peace with the saints!

I met Dewi for the first time in February 2007, at Limuru, in Kenya, in the context of the Lausanne Movement, as we were both called to serve in the Lausanne Theology Working Group, under the leadership of Dr. Christ Wright.


Ruth Padilla, Dewi Hughes, Chris Wright, John Baxter-Brown,
Members of the Lausanne Theology Working Group

Dewi presented there a paper on ecclesiology and ethnicity, which, as I was going to find out, was one of his lifelong passions. My friend was not a nationalist. Far from it. Nevertheless, he was fully dedicated to the preservation and flourishing of the Welsh language. In 2010, when we met for the last time on this side of eternity, he had with him a young Welsh woman that he was mentoring in this area. I remember how impressed I was by the quality of her presentation during the congress, and how proud was Dewi of her. His interest in the theological implications resulted also in his book Castrating Culture: A Christian Perspective on Ethnic Identity from the Margins, published by Paternoster, in 2001. Continue reading “Dewi Hughes – A Tribute to a Great Man of God”

Wealth Creation Manifesto | Mats Tunehag

Source: Wealth Creation Manifesto | Mats Tunehag

This is an evangelical document thamt needs careful attention in the current wworld situation, and the relatine disentrest of churchees in world economics.

Orthodox and Evangelicals Engaged in Missional Dialogue – Communique of 2014 LOI Meeting

Cathedral-Visit

Relationships between Evangelicals and Orthodox engaged in mission have not always been positive, but the Lausanne-Orthodox Initiative is working towards increased mutual understanding and a healing of wounds, in order to collaborate more effectively in God’s mission. Sixty senior church and mission leaders, ecumenists and theologians from many parts of the world came together for the initiative’s second consultation. Gathering from 15-19 September at the Orthodox monastery of St Vlash in Albania, and hosted by His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios and the Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania, the consultation was chaired by Bishop Angaelos of the Coptic Orthodox Church and Mrs Grace Mathews of the Lausanne Movement. Continue reading “Orthodox and Evangelicals Engaged in Missional Dialogue – Communique of 2014 LOI Meeting”

Darrell Jackson – Nationalism and Evangelical Mission: Issues for Evangelical Leaders

Darrell Jackson
Darrell Jackson

My friend Darrell Jackson has just published a very interesting article on the Lausanne Movement website, on nationalism, a theme of the greatest interest for me. Here is the entire article, for your evaluation.

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In 1861, the Rev James Adderley was a British Member of Parliament. His prayer for ‘national confession’ included the line, ‘We are truly sorry for all the past sins of this nation. We contemplate in deepest contrition the sins of which we are now guilty’.

Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbot, recently attacked the state-funded broadcaster, ABC, for its coverage of allegations that Australia had been spying on the Indonesian Prime Minister. Abbot complained that the ABC ‘instinctively takes everyone’s side but Australia’s . . . you should not leap to be critical of your own country’. Journalists were left wondering whether their primary loyalty was to accurate reporting of the truth or to the national interest.

The contrast could not be more apparent. Continue reading “Darrell Jackson – Nationalism and Evangelical Mission: Issues for Evangelical Leaders”

Lausanne Global Consultation on Islam

Lausanne Global Consultation on Islam

Accra, Ghana – 17 April 2014 – Forty scholars and practitioners from twenty countries, representing every continent, gathered 6-12 April in Accra, Ghana, for the Lausanne Global Consultation on Islam. The group included researchers, professors, broadcasters, church leaders, executives of NGOs, and strategic specialists and trainers, all with extensive experience of ministry in Islamic contexts, and several who had come to faith from Muslim backgrounds.

Chaired by John Azumah, Lausanne Senior Associate for Islam, and hosted by Nana Yaw Offei Awuku, Lausanne International Deputy Director for English, Portuguese, and Spanish-speaking Africa (EPSA), the consultation was intended to resource and equip the Majority World church in understanding Islam and engaging with Muslims. Continue reading “Lausanne Global Consultation on Islam”

Why Does the World Need A New Generation of Theologians?

Lausanne Movement

These days, (5-9 May, 2014), a Lausanne International Leadership meeting will take place at Institut Biblique et Missionnaire Emmaus (Switzerland). One of the evening sessions will feature a panel-like discussion touching on new Lausanne initiatives.

One of my friends in Lausanne, Bobby Ryu, was asked to prepare to respond to one of the questions and has asked a few of us to suggest what would we respond to it.

Here is the question, and, below, what would be my answer.

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“Bobby, you’re representing the Younger (or Emerging) Theologians Initiative, a new Initiative spearheaded by the Theology Working Group – a linking of emerging theologians with their more experienced counterparts in order to mentor and raise up a new generation of theologians for the Global Church.  My question for you is this: The world is moving towards action and application.  Even universities are abandoning courses and programs focused on thoughts and ideas.  So tell me, why does the world need a new generation of theologians?”
Continue reading “Why Does the World Need A New Generation of Theologians?”