This paper deals primarily with theological education in a Protestant context and has a particular focus on African evangelicalism. But to search for an educational model that is genuinely African is, as the title of this presentation indicates, a tricky task. I argue that the debate on theological education crosses national and denominational borders and what might first be seen as unique regional expressions or experiences are evidently interwoven with an even wider and more complex pan-African history of theological education. The landscape of higher education, in which the churches have to navigate, is therefore filled with ambiguities. Public and private institutions alike relate, in one way or the other, to the field of religious or theological studies. But the churches have responded differently to these challenges depending on their views upon what theological grounds education might be perceived and developed. The way theological education is motivated, performed and developed is highly dependent on the denominational identity of the institution and the particular context in which, let say evangelical theology, is shaped and promoted on the African continent and elsewhere.
My presentation is divided into three parts. The first section will deal with higher education in the East African setting mainly from an historical perspective with a particular focus on the churches involvement. In the second section I will focus more specifically on the case of African evangelicals in regard to their stand on theological education and call for theological reflection. The arguments used from their side are most certainly not unique for evangelicals only but they may serve as an example of what it might mean for a particular denomination to be involved in theological education and what impact that might have for theology as a whole. In the last section my intention is to say something about how and why the issues addressed in this presentation will be further dealt with in the context of my PhD project during the years to come.