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C1. A Manual of Theological Curriculum Development Complete WEB V

C1. A Manual of Theological Curriculum Development Complete WEB V

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Full version of a guide to how to develop from scratch a curriculum for basic theological education at Bible School or Seminary up to M.Div. (Available also in parts for downloading where load weight is critical) This manual was developed from scratch at Gujranwala Theological Seminary at faculty workshops over a period of several years. We started by asking: "Why are we here? (Purpose) What are the needs we are here to address? (Goals) How can we best meet these needs with the resources we have? (Objectives) To see the resulting three year syllabus (with basic "text-books" to match) see Bib2 An Essential Syllabus Bibliography. A group of educators / teachers working through this manual in a continuous workshop should expect to take 3 to 6 days of intensive interactive study and reflection.
Full version of a guide to how to develop from scratch a curriculum for basic theological education at Bible School or Seminary up to M.Div. (Available also in parts for downloading where load weight is critical) This manual was developed from scratch at Gujranwala Theological Seminary at faculty workshops over a period of several years. We started by asking: "Why are we here? (Purpose) What are the needs we are here to address? (Goals) How can we best meet these needs with the resources we have? (Objectives) To see the resulting three year syllabus (with basic "text-books" to match) see Bib2 An Essential Syllabus Bibliography. A group of educators / teachers working through this manual in a continuous workshop should expect to take 3 to 6 days of intensive interactive study and reflection.

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“The Race Marked Out For Us”
CURRICULUMforTHEOLOGICAL EDUCATION
“Let us throw off everything that hindersand the sin that so easily entanglesand let us run with perseverance
the race marked out for us.
Let us fix our eyes on
 Jesus
,the author and perfecter of our faith.” 
Hebrews 12:1-2
Towards a Theology of Training Methods
Material originally prepared for the Theological Education Forum, January, 1995 byFaculty Membersof  
Gujranwala Theological SeminaryPakistan
and subsequently developedOriginally compiled & subsequently revised by:
Paul Burgess,
 
M.A. (Cantab)
2003 EDITION
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FOREWORD
I feel honoured to write a few words to commend this important contribution to thediscussion of an appropriate curriculum for theological education. I also appreciate the hardwork put into this booklet, which though small, like precious things which are kept in small packets, contains a great deal of solid and useful information for those involved in theologicaleducation. What is meant by “Curriculum” has been clearly defined and what might becontained in a theological curriculum has been fully described.The discussion is divided into three sections. The first is concerned with the situationin which we find ourselves at present, as reflected by certain educational models. These arefollowed by a brief but comprehensive Curriculum of Theological Education expertlyoutlined by the compiler. The second section presents an honest and intelligent evaluation of different models that might be adopted, together with a Biblical perspective of Christianlearning and instruction.* This leads to the third section describing ways to construct acurriculum using principles reached in the previous sections.This booklet without doubt gives a sense of direction to our theological training andshould help us to ensure a good balance in our teaching. Indeed I feel proud of the effort of the compiler and acknowledge his ability and commitment to theological education. Withthese comments I commend this booklet to all who are engaged in theological education withthe hope that it may bring about a revolution in our approach to this whole area of training people for ministry.
 Rev. Prof. Arthur James, Principal,Gujranwala Theological SeminaryMarch 1995
* Placed as an Appendix in the Revised Edition of February 1997 and printed separately from 1999 onward.2
 
PREFACE
TO THE THIRD EDITION
Since the publication of the second edition, Gujranwala Theology Seminary hasexperienced two significant changes. First its Library has been refurbished to provide amodern environment for study. More importantly its volumes have been re-organised under the
 Progressive Classification
system advocated in this manual, thus allowing what is “said”in the classroom to be easily accessed and “read” in the Library reading room. The shelf arrangements thus follow the classification of curriculum subjects exemplified in thefollowing pages.Secondly the Faculty have worked through a programme of re-appraisal of what isneeded to be taught to those coming in today’s world for theological education and ministerialtraining. There has also been an Evaluation conducted by an accredited outside agencyfollowed by a three day Strategic Planning exercise. These various workshops have resultedin the authorisation of a new Seminary Curriculum drawn up from the first principles workedout in this manual. Indeed much of the content of the manual itself is the fruit of Facultydeliberation, though latterly refined and added to by the present compiler. Notable additions include an article on
Writing a Mission Statement 
, examples of SeminaryProfiles, and Exercises for an Introductory Workshop. Further Appendices have been created.These include the current Gujranwala curriculum set out at the stage when individual courseswere being apportioned their relevant “weight” within the total curriculum.(There wasconsiderable “horse-trading” at this point!) This is followed by a
Schedule
showing the finalstage in creating a Three Year Syllabus.Another addition is the concept of a small personal library constituting a “home” BibleSchool, the authors being the “faculty”. Thus
The Reading List 
offers a core self-study programme equivalent to a three year study period at the Seminary. (It does not, of-course,claim to provide the practical
training 
and
communal experience
that a residential programmeoffers.)
 Appendix I 
shows how a course on a particular subject can be quickly outlined from ascanning of the
 Progressive Classification
menu. Finally a
Check-List 
is offered fo preliminary self-evaluation of any institution involved in basic Theological Education.It is hoped that this edition, improved by practical testing in Seminary life and enlarged byadditional material, will prove a help and stimulation to those engaged in the crucial work of  preparing God’s people for ministry in His Church and the world around us.
 Paul Burgess June 2003
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