African Theological Institutions Join Together
Bishops and educators are forming an association of African Theological Institutions in the hope of increasing cooperation among institutions and improving United Methodist theological education on the continent of
Bishop David Yemba, resident bishop of the Central Congo episcopal area and chancellor of
“I encourage each bishop to nominate a representative even from an episcopal area where we do not have an institution of theological education at a university or college level – provided, however, that the nominee has himself/herself a university/college level of education,” Yemba wrote.
Such an association was recommended in 2005 by the Geneva Group, which worked on the Francophone Course of Study, as well as by groups which met in
Rena Yocom, assistant general secretary for Clergy Formation and Theological Education, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, said that many of the African theological schools face monumental issues.
“The association will provide a place where they can come together to face those issues. There will be strength in working together,” Yocom said.
She said one pilot project already in the works is the development of a faculty exchange. “Many of the schools don’t have enough faculty and have a hard time finding faculty for particular courses,” she said.
Under the faculty exchange proposal, the seminary would provide housing and pay living expenses.
*Brown is associate editor and writer, Office of Interpretation, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry