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More and more seminaries, Bible colleges, and Christian universities are opting to train future ministers and missionaries online—and yet, the factors that have driven this choice have typically been pragmatic and financial. What the movement toward online ministry training has lacked is a theological foundation. As a result, practices of online ministry training have been shaped in most institutions by a hodgepodge of institutional pressures and secular learning theories.
This book asks and answers the question, “How might online ministry training look different if biblical and theological foundations were placed first?" Teaching the World:Foundations for Online Theological Education brings together educators from a wide range of backgrounds and from some of the largest providers of online theological education in the world. Together, they present a revolutionary new approach to online theological education, highly practical and yet thoroughly shaped by Scripture and theology.
John Cartwright is an Associate Professor of Christian Leadership and Education as well as an Associate Dean of Liberty University’s School of Divinity in Lynchburg, VA. He holds an Ed.D. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.
Gabriel Etzel is Associate Professor of Theology and Christian Leadership as well as the Administrative Dean of Liberty University’s School of Divinity in Lynchburg, VA. He holds an Ph.D. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, and a D.Min. from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.
Christopher D. Jackson is pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church and St. Peter's Lutheran Church in northeast Wisconsin. He holds an Ed.D. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Timothy Paul Jones is the C. Edwin Gheens Professor of Christian Family Ministry and Associate Vice President of the Global Campus at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. He has edited or authored more than a dozen books, including Perspectives on Family Ministry (B&H Academic), and he blogs at timothypauljones.com. He holds the Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Southern Seminary.
Table of Contents
1. Moving Past Pragmatism in Online Learning
BETTER FOUNDATIONS FOR ONLINE LEARNING How Social Presence Provides New Possibilities for Online Learning
2. Controversy and Common Ground 3. The Apostle Paul and the Possibility of Absent Presence 4. Social Presence in Online Learning
BETTER FACULTY FOR ONLINE LEARNING How Strong Theological Foundations Can Improve Online Faculty
5. Online Faculty and the Image of God 6. Online Faculty and Theological Competency 7. Shaping the Spiritual Lives of Online Faculty
BETTER PRACTICES IN THE ONLINE CLASSROOM How Ministry Context Provides a Framework for Effective Online Learning
8. Best Practices for Online Learning 9. Best Practices for Online Ministry Training 10. Training in Context, the Advantage of Online Learning for Ministry Preparation