The Commission on Theological Education was established by the Executive Committee of the World Reformed Fellowship at its General Assembly held at Johannesburg, South Africa, on March 7-10, 2006. The mandate given was “to facilitate international cooperation among those involved in the work of evangelical Reformed theological education to the end that the entire Church of Jesus Christ is strengthened.”
The need was keenly felt by the participants at that Assembly that we should form a network of theological schools at all levels that hold to the evangelical and Reformed faith, and of theological teachers… The need for exchange and shared teaching especially through short-term lectureships, workshops, and seminars is vital to the unity and strengthening of the worldwide church.
- To promote fellowship among theological schools and teachers who share the common evangelical Reformed faith;
- To share resources and experiences such as library, learning and teaching, by means of visits, communication, short-term teaching and conferences;
- To explore ways to maximize the impact of Reformed theology on leadership development by means of curriculum design, spiritual formation, contextual theological construction;
- To discuss and study issues of concern such as accreditation, mentoring, online education, placement assistance, and to share our findings through publications and the WRF website.
Past Initiatives of the Commission
1. In 2011, WRF brought together 30 Muslim Background Christians to discuss what they thought were the key resources to which those involved in ministry to Muslims should have access. The goal of WRF was to create links in training individuals and institutions for ministry in the context of Islam.
This was followed in 2013 with a Consultation being held in Orlando, Florida.
2. The Theological Education Commission was involved with the Lausanne Movement and many other organisations in 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil for the Consultation on Global Theological Education. This was a major global discussion on theological education. Full resources of those participating and the videos of the presentations can be found here.
3. A) Ongoing relationship with ICETE.
B) Involvement in regional theological educational consultations and meetings, eg Africa…
Current Initiatives of the Commission
1. WRF through its Theological Education Commission partners with the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE). WRF was represented at the most recent ICETE meeting in Panama City, Panama in October, 2018 through Dr Steve Curtis for the WRF TEC. The theme was, The Sacred Secular Divide in Theological Education. The WRF through its Convenor Dr Whytock of the TEE has been involved as a responder to the document concerning quality theological education in the ICETE Roman document.
2. The Theological Education Commission is beginning the process of creating a list of current resources and ministries which can be accessed for free as relate to evangelical and Reformed theological education and which will in time be made available through this website.
Leadership of the Commission
The convenor of the Commission is Dr. Jack C. Whytock (2018-)