Major trends in theological education in Africa

  • Theological education is moving toward a more holistic approach, hence courses in HIV/AIDS, Christian/Muslim relations, working with children at risk, etc., and the rise of the Christian university. Dr. Scott Cunningham, Dean of Leadership Development

  • Africa is the world’s most rapidly urbanizing continent and has reached the tipping point from being majority rural to urban. There are major mission implications for theological education, since most of our partner schools are in urban centers. Rev. Dr. Victor Nakah, Regional Director for Africa

  • An increased reliance on local resources is evidenced by an increase in the proportion of funding that is locally sourced and a decrease in missionaries for teaching, administration and governance. Dr. Cunningham and Rev. Dr. Nakah

  • Few theological books have been written from an African perspective, so there is a major dependency on Western books. The need is even higher in Portuguese and Francophone Africa where libraries have a very limited number of books.
  • Leadership training is recognized as the critical bottleneck. Leaders are in short supply at every level – for village congregations, for the urban educated, for theological training, for missionary endeavors and for national-level leadership. Africans must develop training the works for them and deals with the Afrocentric issues facing the Church. Operation World

  • Islam is the major challenge for Christianity today – both the 182 million Muslims north of the Sahara and the 246 million in Sub-Saharan Africa. African Christians need to make Muslims a priority for demonstrations of the love of Christ, and culturally sensitive approaches must be developed for planting churches among them. The need to develop programs in Christian/Muslim relations is also high. Operation World

Rev. Victor Nakah, ThD, Regional Director for Africa

Rev. Victor Nakah ThD“The best way to serve the Church in Africa is by positively influencing those who constitute the core leadership of the Church. Overseas Council does this by partnering with institutions whose primary responsibility is training church leaders. I am a good example of how this works because I benefitted from Overseas Council when I was a student, later on as a faculty member and then for 10 years when I was seminary president. I have also had the privilege to serve with Overseas Council, serving the Church through supporting those who train her leaders. The training of quality godly, courageous and visionary leaders is definitely the greatest challenge that the African Church faces in the 21st century, and Overseas Council is strategically placed to play a significant role in making this happen.”Learn more about Victor and other Regional Directors