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Global Survey on Theological Education 2011-2013

Date: October 10th, 2013
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The Global Survey on Theological Education was designed to gather data and perspectives on all forms of theological education from every Christian tradition in every part of the world. The Survey was launched in October 2011 (at the Global Christian Forum meeting in Indonesia) and concluded in June 2013. In this 21-month period, over 1,650 theological educators and other church leaders concerned with theological education and preparation for ministry responded to the Survey. The following pages contain a summary of the main findings. Responses were received from all parts of the world and from nearly every Christian tradition. Informationon the respondents along with links to the detailed results of the survey can be found on the last page of this report. The 70- question survey was available in Chinese, French, Korean, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, and Spanish as well as in English.



The Global Survey was conducted as a joint research project by

  • The Institute for Cross-Cultural Theological Education,McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago
  • Ecumenical Theological Education Program (ETE), World Council of Churches, Geneva
  • The Center for the Study of Global Christianity (GSGC), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Boston.


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