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Mission, Visions, and Debates of Higher Theological Education. Lutheran Encounters with Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity in Tanzania
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2016 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper explores some of the present challenges related to Lutheran higher theological education in Tanzania with special regard to the encounters with Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity.

The number of African institutions involved in higher education, public and private institutions alike, have rapidly grown during the last decades. Together they form global or regional networks with an on-going exchange of knowledge, ideas, technology, money, students and staff. The largest growth of private higher education has been identified amongst institutions with religious affiliation. Due to their increasing involvement, the churches have been challenged to modify their views on what it might mean to be a relevant actor for societal change.

The field of theological education is situated in the midst of this complex context. Drawn into an expanding, expensive and competitive educational discourse, the churches, regardless of denominational affiliation, have questioned, problematized and challenged many of their old concepts and practices. The debate on theological education crosses national and denominational borders and is clearly interwoven with an even wider and more complex pan-African history.

Based upon interviews with lecturers at the Faculty of Theology at Tumaini University Makumira, including some of the bishops in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT), this paper seeks to draw attention the idea of mission and ministry in higher theological education and its impact on the visions for the future on the African continent.

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Keyword [en]
Theological education, spiritual formation, social change, higher education, Lutheran, sub-Saharan Africa.
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Religious Studies
Research subject
Studies of Missions
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-305269OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-305269DiVA: diva2:1037139
14th Assembly of the International Association for Mission Studies, Seoul, Korea, August 11-17, 2016.
Available from: 2016-10-13 Created: 2016-10-13 Last updated: 2016-10-14

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