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The Sacred/Secular Divide and Theological Education--Africa (Article 2)

Author: Femi Adeleye
Date: September 11th, 2018
Key Words: Sacred/Secular Divide

Churches in our contexts are full. But there is sufficient evidence of a gap between preaching and lifestyle, between the pulpit and the public sphere, as well as between our worship and witness. These gaps are nurtured by a mindset that draws dichotomies between clergy and laity, as well as between spiritual and so-called secular spheres of life. It highlights an undue distinction between clergy, missionaries, theological educators and the rest of God’s people, suggesting that while the former have a divine calling, the later are just doing jobs. 


**** The Oikonomia Network, in partnership with ICETE, has commissioned writers from four global regions to share the developments, challenges and opportunities involved in overcoming the sacred/secular divide in theological education in their contexts. These articles are for your personal use as you prepare to attend ICETE C-18, so our time in Panama City will be as fruitful as possible; please do not publish or redistribute them. The Oikonomia Network is a community of evangelical theological educators and schools dedicated to preparing church leaders to bear God's image, bear witness and bear fruit in every area of life, and to help others do so, with particular emphasis on needed growth in whole-life discipleship, fruitful work and economic wisdom; for more information see oikonomianetwork.org. 


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