Major trends in theological education in the Middle East and North Africa

  • Theological education in this region must address issues like Christianity as a minority religion, minority rights, persecution, citizenry, democracy, human rights, Christian/Muslim dialogue and effective Christian presence and witness.
  • In the midst of everything going on in the region, it is important that theological education focuses more intentionally on the theology of hope. Minorities feel a real sense of isolation, so they tend to despair and lose hope. Theological education in this part of the world needs to focus on hope in the midst of dark moments.
  • Trained leadership for the Church remains a challenge. There are few institutions in the Middle East that can provide it. Training structures for the underground and Muslim Background Believer churches also need to be developed further to meet the demands of these growing groups. Operation World

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