Miriam Charter reports on current Russian theological students' and faculty's assessment of the influence of the West on their theological education. She presents how Russians perceive their historical context, sociological perspectives, charts the task of the West for theological education for the next decade, and draws implications for redemptive involvement of the West in theological education in the former Soviet Union.
David Bohn reports on an ethnographic study of pastors and church leaders in Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, and Russia, allowing them to give their impressions of the current state of theological education in their respective countries. By exploring the metaphors used, he is able to gain "windows" into their cognitive structure, seeking not only information, but feelings and attitudes towards the educational interventions of Western missions.
Thomas Keppeler reports on research of selected Romanian church leaders, seeking to understand their beliefs and assumptions about the nature of the church, appropriate qualifications for, and functions of, leadership in local assemblies, and the role of education in leadership development. The research raises some important questions regarding leadership development for the church in Romania, and suggests some broader implications for educational practice in Romanian contexts. The articles closes with reflections on the implications for educational practice in Romanian contexts. The article closes with reflections on the implications for theological education in general.
Manfred Kohl offers a broad perspective on fund-raising as an essential aspect of any Christian ministry. While geared towards educational institutions of Eastern Europe, the article provides a wealth of information on how to locate and secure funds to enable ministries to advance. Of special value are the many sources for locating foundations interested in supporting a wide variety of ministries.
Mark Young presents a lecture delivered at a conference on theological education held in Kiev, Ukraine in 1996. He proposes grounding educational questions in theological presuppositions, addressing the questions of lack of utility, lack of relevance, and lack of unity in theological education. He offers solutions grounded in over-arching theological presuppositions.
Victoria Gascho presents an orientation to the educational thought of Parker Palmer, placing him in both historical and theological context. She explores the influences of Polanyi, Merton, and Quaker theology on his educational thought, and offers a gentle and insightful analysis of the usefulness of his insights for the evangelical Christian educator.
Joyce Thornton responds to a previous article in CEJ, taking us into her classroom to see how she and her colleagues lead students into intentional theological and personal reflection on issues of ministry. She shows a four-step process to guide students to think reflectively and logically about themselves and their current understanding of ministry.