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Paradigm Shift in Theological Education in Southern and Central Africa and its Relevance to Ministerial Formation



Theological education is of crucial importance in the mission of the Church in Southern and Central Africa. This paper discusses the changes that have taken place in theological education in post-independence Africa. The author argues that theological education during the colonial period was Euro-centric. As a result, it did not respond adequately to the pressing problems faced by the African people such as colonial oppression, poverty, patriarchy and others. However, the situation has changed dramatically in modern times. Theological educators have realized the significance and importance of context in theological education. They are, thus, seriously taking into account the political, social, economic and religious context in which the African people live today. This has led to the creation of different theologies that are in line with modern and post-modern challenges facing the African people thereby making the church both relevant and necessary.