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Verbum et Ecclesia

versión On-line ISSN 2074-7705
versión impresa ISSN 1609-9982

Verbum Eccles. (Online) vol.30 no.3 Pretoria  2009 

doi: 10.4102/ve.v30i3.130


Continuing theological training at the University of Pretoria



Malan Nel

Centre for Contextual Ministry, University of Pretoria, South Africa





Around the world, most professional people are requested and expected to participate in continuing training, which is often referred to as 'continuing professional development'. Many denominations expect their pastors and other clergy to participate in such training. The Dutch Reformed Church has an official policy, in terms of which it expects such continuing theological training and ministry development of its ordained pastors. The introduction to this article offers some insight into the rationale behind such an expectation. After describing the history and programme of one of the first centres that offers such training, the history and programme of the ecumenical Centre for Contextual Ministry, Faculty of Theology at the University of Pretoria is described.

Keywords: theological training; Faculty of Theology; University of Pretoria; continuing professional development; Dutch Reformed Church



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Malan Nel
PO Box 12549
Gauteng, 0028
South Africa

Received: 16 Feb. 2009
Accepted: 07 Sept. 2009
Published: 17 Dec. 2009

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