A proposal for the construction of a curriculum for continuing mission education for pastors
This study has been carried out on the assumption that the Korean church needs to overcome the biased attitudes towards the understanding and practice of mission which has been formed by the influence of such complex factors as socio-political cultural situations and theological factors, and should be reformed to carry out their missionary roles in the world by their true definition. The awareness that one of the important and effective ways that can make this presupposition come about is the reformation of ministers (or Pastors). It has been argued that continuing education programmes for pastors can be a means towards solving the problem of imbalance in mission practice in the Korean church. Therefore this study has attempted to seek a way and to outline principles of how the continuing education for pastors should be planned and operated in order to contribute to the pastor's renewal and as a result, the renewal of the church so that the church can fulfil its missionary role by its nature. The principle of adult education which can be a theoretical basis of continuing education for pastors has been analysed. The current situation of the Korean church has been dealt with by focusing on its understanding and practice of mission. On the basis of information obtained from these processes, theoretical implications for curriculum planning and programme management, which should be considered in designing (or developing) a continuing mission education programme for pastors, have been suggested. That is, a continuing education programme should be holistic, integrated, and simultaneous. For this, this study has addressed five dimensions of background philosophy and methodology, each of these five dimensions consisting of two contrasting aspects, and has considered how these two aspects can be integrated harmoniously and become one: Continuing education for pastors should be global and contextual at the same time, intellectual and spiritual, theoretical and practical, evangelical and with social responsibility.