Theological Education in Relation to the Identification of the Task of Mission and the Development of Ministries in India: 1947 to 1987 with Special Reference to the Church of South India
Part I studies the pre-independence developments in Mission, Ministry and Theological Education, commenting on the structures of theological education such as the Serampore College and United Theological College; the structures of coordination under the National Christian Council, the significance of national independence, church union and the Lindsay and Ranson studies. Part II deals with the developments in Indian Christian Theology and the theology of mission under the influence of indigenous theologians such as PD Devanandan, MM Thomas, the group of thinkers in the Christian Institute for the Study of Religion and Society and the Ecumenical Christian Centre, specially in the context of religious pluralism and poverty in India. It notes the cause and the concern of the polarising tendency of the conservative evangelicals and also the influences of the Western Christian structures. Part III studies the changing image of ministry itself and identifies the developments in ministry, formation of indigenous mission societies and parachurch ministries. Part IV journeys through select events and ventures that made significant contribution to lead theological education into relevant understanding of mission in India. It studies the Harrison Report on Theological Education in India, the attempts toward cooperation through the Board of Theological Education, the forming of one national structure for theological education in the Board of Theological Education on the Senate of Serampore College, and the national study of priorities in theological education. Part V studies the developments in the search for relevance in the Church of south India and in the theological education of its ministry as illustrated in the Tamilnadu Theological Seminary. The thesis concludes attesting that there is definite growth in relevance in Indian theological education, shaped both by lay and professional forces in the never ending search for relevance.
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