Developing Theological Education: Recommended Readings

The following is a growing list of recommended readings on theological education and curriculum development. The list is maintained by Dr. Willem J. de Wit, who is a member of the steering committee for curriculum development at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, Egypt. Suggestions for additions to the list can be left in a comment or be sent by email.

1 Theological Education

Models of Theological Education

Brian Edgar, The Theology of Theological Education (blog post) and The Theology of Theological Education (PDF; earlier published in Evangelical Review of Theology 29 [2005]: 208–17).

Ecumenical Formation

Ecumenical Covenant on Theological Education: Leadership Formation in the Changing Landscapes of World Christianity (Public Statement of ETE Accompaniment Group, endorsed by WCC Central Committee August 2012)

Magna Charta on Ecumenical Formation in Theological Education in the 21st century – 10 key Convictions (Dietrich Werner, 2008)


Accreditation Manuals/Handbooks

Accrediting Council for Theological Education in Africa. ACTEA Standards & Guide to Self-Evaluation. 2011. http://www.theoledafrica.org/actea/Standards/ACTEAStandardsGuideToSelfevaluation.pdf.

American Theological Society. Bulletin 50, Part 1. 2012. http://www.ats.edu/uploads/accrediting/documents/educational-and-degree-program-standards.pdf.

Asia Theological Association. Manual for Accreditation. 2010. http://www.ataasia.com/sites/default/files/resources/accreditation%20manual.pdf.

Association for Theological Education in South East Asia. “Accreditation Degree Program Standards.” http://atesea.net/accreditation/minimum-accreditation-standards/.

EEAA. Manual with Visitation Guidelines of the European Evangelical Accrediting Association. 5th edition. 2012. http://eeaawordpress.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/eeaa-manual-5th-edition-20122.pdf.


EEAA: European Evangelical Accrediting Association


Examples of Integrative Curricula

NETS: Namibia Evangelical Theological Seminary (prospectus, pdf)

Distance Education


NET Foundation: Theology by e-learning

2 Education in General

Theory of Education

Learning Styles and Learning Preferences

Higher Education Reform in Egypt

Anthony J. Perzigian, Higher Education Reform in Post-Revolution Egypt, Egypt Independent (April 3, 2013).


Posts related to theological education and curriculum development by Willem J. de Wit

Theology of Theological Education: The Athens, Berlin, Geneva, and Jerusalem Models (August 3, 2013).

Ontwikkeling predikantsopleiding gaat voort (August 1, 2013)

Onderwijsontwikkeling predikantsopleiding (July 18, 2013), which provides a link to the pdf file:
ETSC Proposal for Future Programs I: Programs in Arabic (Willem J. de Wit, July 15, 2013)

Vernieuwing theologisch onderwijs (July 6, 2012)

Obedience and Theological Education (July 6, 2012)

The Riddle of Successful Traditional Lectures (July 6, 2012)

IKEA voorbeeld voor universiteit (May 12, 2012)

“Educating the Next Generation,” section 6.3 of On the Way to the Living God (2011)


Students in the library of the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo.

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