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Three Essential Elements of Theological Education Examined over the 2,000 Years of Church History: Character Formation, Ministry Training, and Theological Knowledge

Jinkyu Kim 1

1백석대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to briefly examine the history of theological education over the past 2,000 years of church history and to propose three essential elements for modern theological education. As a research method, we first adopted a church-historical approach to theological education, and then pursued a biblical-theological and thematic approach concerning character formation elements. We discovered that the history of theological education centers on character formation, ministry training, and theological knowledge. The Berlin model, prevalent in our times, has so emphasized expertise and originality in theological education that it often neglects character formation and ministry training. These shortcomings can be addressed by drawing insights from the disciple training model, which excels in both character formation and ministry training. The contribution of this study lies in detailing training domains using a biblical thematic approach, covering spirituality, virtue, wisdom, ministry skills, and vision as pillars of character formation.

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