FRITZ DEININGER has a ThD in New Testament from the University of South Africa. He served in Thailand with his wife from 1981 to 2008 planting churches and training leaders, and as the academic dean of Bangkok Bible Seminary where he still teaches courses as a visiting professor. He has been the coordinator for IPAL for many years. ORBELINA EGUIZABAL has a PhD in Educational Studies from Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, California, USA, where she is Professor of Christian Higher Education. She serves as a visiting professor in seminaries in Latin American countries and spent twenty years at Seminario Teologico Centroamericano in Guatemala City, Guatemala. She has been collaborating with ICETE since 2008 and is part of the Spanish-speaking teaching team of Seminars for Academic Leaders in Latin America.
Teachers are influencers. The faculty are the frontline, leading students into teaching-learning encounters in our theological institutions. Their influence leads to equipping and forming Christian leaders for the church in our world. Along with leading the academic program, a key area of academic leadership is developing the faculty. To transform theological education for transformed leaders, the academic leaders must walk with faculty through their own development as teachers, as scholars, and as servants of the Lord Jesus Christ.Drawing on years of investing in leaders around the world, this final volume from the IPAL training is filled with encouragement and instruction on this work of faculty development. It will become a much referred-to manual for academic leaders in theological schools around the world. I look forward to seeing theological schools and training programs renewed as faculty develop through the processes outlined in this volume. May the Lord transform us, so we can transform others.Paul Allan Clark, PhDDirector of Education, Overseas Council, United World MissionLeadership can be a solitary art. This book not only provides a rich palette of resources for those involved in leadership positions in theological education, but also gives a sense of global companionship in the task.Marvin Oxenham, PhDDirector, ICETE AcademyGeneral Secretary, European Council for Theological EducationFaculty development is directly proportional to the growth of theological schools. This book contributes to the healthy development of recruitment and training of faculty. All the contributors are theological experts and practitioners. Gone are the days when we measure the success of faculty recruitment by the number of good recruits with excellent grades. Leaders are not only readers, but mentors who dare to spend more time in integrating theories with practical matters.Joseph Shao, PhD4th General Secretary of Asia Theological AssociationPresident, Biblical Seminary of the PhilippinesAn integral part of achieving the mission and vision of theological higher education, rests on the ministry of our faculty. This book emphasizes their critical role and brings to our attention the need for a holistic approach to their professional development. The biblical models of Jesus and Paul provide the foundation to a well-rounded analysis of elements that must be considered in order to help our faculty grow, not only in their craft as teachers and educators, but also in their capacity of becoming academic leaders and mentors to others. One excellent component of this book is how it goes from the big picture to very practical tools that can be promptly applied in our schools. A must-read for current and future academic leaders.Jenniffer Contreras Flores, PhDAcademic Dean, SEMISUD, Ecuador