Theological Education for “Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World”

Bernhard Ott


The ecumenical document Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World begins with the statement, “Mission belongs to the very being of the church. Proclaiming the word of God and witnessing to the world is essential for every Christian.” This study explores the question of how this affirmation, which represents an ecumenical consensus, can be realised. The study starts from the conviction that theological education plays a central role in this realisation process. Using the pedagogical concepts and tools used in education today—fitness for purpose, competence orientation and learning objectives—a qualification framework is developed to offer the possibility of integrating the objectives of the above-mentioned document into theological education.


Mission, Christian Witness, Multi-Religious World, Theological Education, Ecumenical

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