This article represents two scenarios describing theological education in the 1980's. The scenarios are presented in the form of letters from two different missionary couples to their parents. The first letter was written as the couple was preparing for the mission field, and the second was written during their term overseas. The scenarios illustrate that theological educators are likely to teach as they have been taught.
This article suggests a possible explanation for the lag in the development of church leaders overseas. In addition to an overreliance on professional clergy and residence seminaries, Western systems for developing church leaders are often still the norm in theological education overseas. The author develops guidelines which will help free overseas theological education from exported norms.