The Role of Formal Theological Education in Missiological Strategies in Honor/Shame Contexts
AbstractMissionaries oscillate between overemphasizing theological education and shying away from it. One factor that may play an essential role in determining the importance of theological education in missiological strategies is that of context. This article argues that missionaries working in honor/shame cultures need to consider the possible role of formal theological education in preparing a church elder/overseer (πρεσβύτερος, ἐπίσκοπος) to be able to teach. The article first examines the biblical qualification “able to teach,” arguing for a cultural component to it. The discussion then introduces honor, shame, and honor/shame cultures. Finally, it provides specific ways formal education might help build cultural rapport for Christian elders/overseers to teach in these contexts.