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Acta Theologica

On-line version ISSN 2309-9089
Print version ISSN 1015-8758

Acta theol. vol.28  suppl.11 Bloemfontein  2008


The call for spiritual formation in Protestant theological institutions in South Africa



M. Naidoo

Department of Practical Theology, University of South Africa, P.O. Box 392, Unisa 0003




Spiritual formation is a significant component of the educational work of a theological institution that prepares students for church leadership. Theological institutions have a responsibility to engage students in reflecting on the spiritual life, to provide opportunities for students, to deepen their spiritual journeys and to develop in students a spiritual maturity that is required of future church leaders. This article argues the need for Protestant theological institutions in South Africa to be more deliberate in developing students spiritually within the challenges of their South African context.

Keywords: Spiritual formation, Theological education, Ministerial training, Church leadership

Trefwoorde: Spirituele vorming, Teologiese opleiding, Predikantsopleiding, Kerklike leierskap



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