A Workshop Online Theological Education for Networks of Theological Institutions in Africa (26th-29th July 2020).

This past year has brought a great deal of challenges to theological institutions and education in Africa. These challenges will result in significant changes to the way these institutions deliver theological training and education in the future. However, in God’s providence these challenges are not without opportunity. The opportunity being the chance to move and deliver a significant portion of training and resources online. As such, a number of networks and organisations* collaborated to organise a three-day Online Workshop, hosted by GILD, to help explain how these institutions could successfully adopt and adapt to online theological education. 

Over the three days a variety of content was covered and around 521 leaders and educators attended. The first day was spent casting the vision for theological training – explaining the need for online theological training and how this can be possible. The final two days focused on the practical side of online training, such as creating audio-visual content, accessing online platforms, and using online platforms to deliver content. For many participants, online theological training was a new concept altogether and it was enthusiastically received. Attendees commented that, “The workshop was very insightful and interesting.”, “The program was educative and timely.”, and “This was a huge eye opener!”

Moving forward, we are hoping to offer more training opportunities and support for these institutions. Not only was the conference pertinent for this moment, but it also provided a unique space to bring together scholars, educators, and facilitators from all across Africa. As such, our hope is that we can serve as a platform for continued collaboration and sharing of resources as we journey with one another for the furtherance of the Gospel and the strengthening of God’s church.

*The event was hosted by the Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life (OCRPL), Barnabas Fund, and the Global Institute for Leadership Development (GILD). In association with the Network for African Congregational Theology (NetACT), the Association for Christian Theological Education in Africa (ACTEA), Africa Baptist Theological Education Network (ABTEN), The Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA), The Association of Pentecostal Theological Education in Africa (APTEA), South African Theological Seminary (SATS), Globethics.net, KLESIS, Tearfund, theologyontheweb.org and others.