Summary Report: President's and Academic Dean's (PAD) Track

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As the AD2000 & Beyond Movement moves towards its final closure date of early 2001, all of the movement's Tracks / Resource Networks and Task Forces have been requested to provide an overview summary of their specific realm of experience over the 5 - 10 years of their operational existence. These reports have been prepared for compilation of a "lasting record" of this movement and for all to see, as they are interested!

Please see the attached revised report on the PAD Track written by Phil Steyne, Coordinator. Please be encouraged by this good report! The Lord has used this Track over many years and with the cooperation of many worldwide. Great appreciation and praises to God for Phil, David Kim - and many others involved!

These reports will all be included along with other historical reports and data of the AD2000 & Beyond Movement, including the AD2000 website, and much more on a CD-ROM being produced for distribution at Celebrate Messiah 2000. Further distribution of this CD-ROM will also be made after the conference. Please email info@ad2000.org if you<> are interested in purchasing one of these CD-ROMs.

NOTE: Celebrate Messiah 2000 will be held in Jerusalem and Bethlehem 27 December 2000 - 2 January 2001. Registration invitation is still open to those so interested. Please contact Lauri Dennis, Registrar, at Lauri@ad2000.org for more information.<>

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Thank you for your interest in the AD2000 & Beyond Movement and its spiritual and catalytic outworkings into the 21st century. Please continue to pray for the movement until our closing day! Thank you!

That all may hear!

Luis Bush
International Director
AD2000 & Beyond Movement


The Path To The PAD Track-A Brief History

The concept of a President's and Academic Dean's (PAD) track for the AD2000 & Beyond Movement was birthed in Kruger National Park, South Africa in July 1995. Luis Bush, Willie Crew and myself (Philip Steyne) were brainstorming on the kind of an international congress, which would bring key leadership together to strategize a church for every people group and the Gospel for every person. The concern expressed was that the time had come to go beyond the regular congress attendees and seek out those in leadership positions that could make the needed decisions to implement the vision of the AD2000 movement. In the past missions professors and some academic leadership did participate in world evangelization congresses. The results benefited the participants and occasionally influenced training institutions. However, having served as a principal (president) and more recently as a faculty person, I full well knew that faculty members are not the final opinion-makers and course setters for training institutions. Ultimately the president and/or academic dean set the course and guide the curriculae of the training institution.

As a result of the above reality we agreed that a consultation for academic leadership should be a part of GCOWE 97. The suggestion, now agreement, became my responsibility, something that I did not ask for nor expected. Subsequently Luis Bush invited Dr. Sang Bok David Kim to serve as chairperson while I was assigned, by default, as international coordinator.

What was once a dream back in 1995, following the Love Southern Africa Congress where all three of us participated (Willie Crew being the main convener and sponsor of the congress that brought more than 4000+ participants together), became a reality. All we hoped and prayed for, and more, was brought to fruition by God, even to the point that PAD became an ongoing track of the AD2000 & Beyond Movement. Since '97 PAD has some regional coordinators-need many more, sponsored the Beatenberg Consultation in Switzerland in '98 and continues to stay in dialogue with our European Brethren with the expectation that they will participate in the upcoming congress in Budapest 2002.

Pad representatives will also participate in the Korean Missions Congress, Seoul, Korea, August 2000. The purpose will be to enlist participants to implement the theses of the PAD Declaration in all training institutions.

The Participants

The preamble to the PAD declaration captured the setting. "Two hundred and fifty Presidents and Academic Deans (PAD) representing theological schools from 53 nations gathered at the Doxa Deo Church in Pretoria, South Africa, July 1-3, 1997 to consider ways in which the schools they lead can further the goal of "a church for every people and the gospel for every person."

Most of the key training institutions of the US were represented, along with a significant number from the rest of the world. The consultation was exceptional in many ways: there was a Holy Spirit engendered unity, mutual respect of all the different theological orientations represented, quality interaction, and genuine fellowship as hearts were knit together around a common objective-"a church for every people group, and the gospel for every person." Throughout the consultation the various speakers spoke with one voice, pointing out that "theological educators have tremendous potential to bless, but also to damage the church; to enhance but also to hinder the fulfillment of the Great Commission."

Outcomes

The PAD Track set the stage for a greater openness to rethink theological education. The PAD Declaration has been acclaimed and accepted as the blueprint for the contours which theological education must assume if it is to contribute significantly to the fulfillment of the Great Commission task of the Church., as presidents and academic deans reshape ministerial training in the institutions they lead.

From the commencement of the congress there was a sense of expectation. Many expressed their appreciation for the invitation to participate. One wrote: "A short note to say thank you very much for all the planning and effort . . . put into the PAD consultation. It was excellent and so worthwhile. There is much to take back to [our] College. . . . Thank you for the opportunity to be involved in the PAD track . . . ." Another was so challenged that he said, "I'm glad to continue to be involved. Perhaps I could serve as a representative on behalf of . . . .54 colleges and 7 seminaries as well as the mission agency world . . . . " Patrick Johnstone, of Operation World fame observed: "It was a privilege to be a part of what was a historic moment in that declaration of the 10 theses. I cannot ever remember such an event in history before. Now there is a body of PADs with the peer pressure of commitment to such a declaration that will, I believe, begin to take center stage in the theological world! I certainly would like to aid that development.. . . I am writing a book on strategies and structures for the 21st century - based on Isaiah 53-54. One of the crucial elements in the book is to give theological and practical backing to William Carey's "MEANS" by showing the tripartite structure of the Church (local congregations, disciple-training and apostolic-missions). What transpired in Pretoria was exactly on target for what I want to say, and I would much like to incorporate some of the felicitous statements in the Declaration into that book."

Reports of this "prophetic statement" have come from training institutions worldwide. Every continent and the islands have been impacted to varying degrees. Here is some of what was reported:

"Teachers must be more than scholars, they must be spiritual leaders. They must model a Great Commission lifestyle." "How we need more fools for Christ, not only as a way of redemption but a way of life-dead to the world and alive to God." "There is a need for personal holiness: a focus on Jesus Christ so the Holy Spirit may reveal Christ in and through us-this is a work of grace." "Focus on World Evangelization. If this is not so we need to repent and plead for revival. Revival thrusts the Church out in world evangelization." "Keep the vision of the Coming Kingdom and our Returning Lord before students-the vision of the fulfillment of the Great Commission. John saw it fulfilled in Revelation 7:9! Every activity that does not contribute to this reality is futility!" "We should ask ourselves, 'Is it worth doing and will it get the job done?' 'Is it fulfilling the Great Commission?'" "Our credibility is proportionate to our vulnerability in making Jesus Christ known to people." "We must prepare future Christian leaders to lead, to shepherd, to manage, and to do battle with spiritual forces."

"I consider the outcome of the PAD Track as one of the real encouraging things of GCOWE 97. . . I feel Europe would be a good place to continue the discussion. . . . If we do not start fast to increase synergetic thinking and practice, we will unnecessarily fast run out of our scarce resources in human and material potential."

"[Training institution] has committed itself to fulfilling the Great Commission much more aggressively motivated by our visit to GCOWE '97 PAD Consultation!"

"GCOWE and PAD were excellent opportunities to network with others who have a passion for world evangelization as well as train people for ministry. . . . Regarding the PAD Declaration I particularly noted the emphasis on "practicing supernaturalists" and also for "spiritual formation" and character building. These issues are paramount in terms of effective evangelization. Aftermath of PAD - we have revised our Mission Statement . . . we have also added an emphasis to World Missions and evangelism."

"The PAD Consultation gave a new challenge to be more involved. . . . We have already reviewed our curriculum to incorporate the scope of Missions in most of our subjects . . . I shared the vision at our Church Synod and the idea was very well received . . . the Synod declared 1997/1998 the year of missions and after my presentation contributed to a Missions account."

"We will be examining how we can make global evangelization a part of the mission of each of the schools of our University. . . . had you not coordinated the PAD consultation we can safely say this would not have been as high a priority."

"The consultation reminded us that everything we do must be in the light of the Great Commission . . . as a result we have taken steps to refine the seminary's Mission Statement and to re-evaluate our curriculum so that there is much more emphasis on a walk with God . . .. . It was refreshing to be in a conference where world evangelization was discussed not at the expense of academia, and academic issues were dealt with not at the expense of world evangelization."

"The primacy of missiological concern for world evangelism: That the .. . . . concern for world evangelism be placed in the curriculum of its present program fed by the program foundational subjects.. . As Joshua had a vision of conquering the promised land of Eden so theological educators must pour the vision of "a church for every people and the Gospel for every person" at the heart of ministry training as we press the claims of the Kingdom and move toward the consummation of history in the coming of our Lord."

"Some recommendations are already in place or will be soon this year, whilst others require attention over a longer period of time. . . . the report was widely circulated. . . . Our international leader, and those in position of leadership . . . . have responded with a great deal of interest and support."

"I learned how important it is to hold on to a vision and never to be detracted from it-come what may! It is so important that the vision of the institution should burn in the hearts of staff and students alike."

"As soon as I came back I was able to share the PAD experience and Declaration. In the school's chapel commitment to missions was re-ignited. Every chapel, we now spend 5-15 minutes in corporate prayer for specific nations. The Pad declaration was well received [by the administration and faculty]. "For me the consultation was important mainly as a stimulus to focus more carefully. I have been a career missionary nearly 20 years so missions ought to have been very close to my heart . . . . However it made me realize that in all the busyness of life missions was not the all-important center of my focus in what I teach and communicate to others. Since my return I have been more careful to bring out the aspect of God's heart for mission in my various courses, and even homiletics: how will they believe unless they hear it."

The rationale of the PAD Track is that training institutions do have a significant impact on that sector of the church, which relies upon them for leadership preparation, whether pre-service or in-service. As go the seminaries with regard to mission commitment and understanding, so go the churches that depend upon them. . . . The most vital role that seminaries and Bible Colleges/Institutes play is the casting of a vision and the equipping not of those students who become missionaries, but those who lead local churches in their own culture, but are committed not only to sending their best, but also to the education and equipping of their people to become truly world Christians who understand the missionary task in terms of the closure God desires: a church for every people and the gospel for every person.

The Pad Declaration

Out of the worship, plenary addresses, workshops, testimonies, prayer, discussion, and informal fellowship the following ten theses have emerged:

  1. The primacy of missiological concern for world evangelism must be recognized and focused in the total curriculum of ministry training.
  2. Partnership at all levels and in multiple forms is essential for reaching the unreached people of the world.
  3. Formal, non-formal and relational approaches to learning are to be seen as complementary rather than competitive.
  4. The content of ministry training must uphold the uniqueness of Jesus Christ and the necessity of personal faith in Him as Lord and Saviour. This is especially imperative in the light of the increasing pluralistic environment, which has been brought about by the resurgence of non-Christian religions hostile to the advance of the gospel, by the erosion of historic Christianity in the West, and by the increasing prevalence of secularism almost everywhere.
  5. Ministry training must aim to produce practicing supernaturalists who minister effectively in the power of the Holy Spirit, relying on prayer and complete trust in the Word of God.
  6. Basic to all ministry training is spiritual and character formation in the life of the student, in part facilitated by the example of teacher.
  7. Approaches to ministry training must reflect concern for the whole counsel of God wisely contextualized and sustainable by local and national resources.
  8. Academic accreditation may serve to guarantee quality control and encourage institutional effectiveness. At the same time it should not be allowed to impede the spiritual and missiological thrust of theological education. Every effort must be made to assure that accrediting structures affirm and promote commitment to world evangelisation.
  9. Serious consideration should be given to the training of both husband and wife for their mutual effectiveness in ministry, and accessibility to ministry training broadened to include all who can benefit from it.
  10. A permanent PAD track should be incorporated into the AD 2000 movement and another Consultation convened.

Looking to the future, we call upon college Presidents and Academic Deans and commit ourselves to put the vision of "a church for every people and the gospel for every person" at the heart of ministry training. We resolve to explore together new paradigms of partnership in theological education that training schools share their distinctives and resources to accomplish the goal of global evangelisation. We shall continue to press the claims of the kingdom as we move towards the consummation of history and the coming of our Lord in the glory of God. HALLELUJAH , THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY REIGNS!

The PAD Purpose

The Purpose of the PAD Track is to reinforce that of the AD2000 & Beyond Movement: "In a spirit of servanthood, to encourage, motivate and mobilize Christian training institutions to focus their mission statement and academic programs on the Great Commission and thus to prepare workers with a vision to establish a church among every people group so that the Gospel is accessible to every person." PAD Objectives

The Objectives of the PAD track are to challenge the leadership of training institutions so that they will,

  1. Clarify their respective institution's mission statement and implement a vision which will focus more on preparing workers to bring the nations to faith in Jesus Christ.
  2. Consider how their institution may more effectively produce theologically literate, biblically saturated, and culturally sensitive graduates submitted to Biblical authority, committed to the uniqueness of Jesus Christ and motivated by the Holy Spirit to make Him known to all people groups.
  3. Seek to learn from and interact with others in leadership how graduates may be motivated to declare the glory of God and present Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit, so that evangelism, church planting, and bringing God's Kingdom values to bear upon society, will be seen as the basic essentials of Christian ministry.
  4. Deliberately seek out ways to partner with other training institutions in order to take advantage of the unparalleled opportunities for worldwide evangelization in the face of growing hostility, so that a church is established in every ethnolinguistic people group and the Gospel is presented to every person on Planet Earth.
  5. Encourage and work toward the unity of the Church and coordination of ministry training, throughout our rapidly shrinking world.
  6. Subscribe to the theses of the PAD Declaration.

PAD Strategy

  1. Network PAD persons to reclaim the centrality of the Great Commission in training programs through international, national and regional consultations.
  2. Encourage and form partnerships with like-minded agencies in agreement with and implementing the AD2000 & Beyond objectives.
  3. Work through and with established PAD associations to encourage acceptance and commitment to the PAD Declaration.
  4. Form regional PAD committees to forward and commend PAD objectives to sister institutions.
  5. Network missiologically oriented educators to (have) make them more accessible to persons desiring such training.

Why associate with the WEF Theological Commission?

With the impending demise of the AD2000 & Beyond Movement (December 31, 2000) the PAD Track needs to find a more permanent umbrella organization. Such an organization must have worldwide credibility and be committed to world evangelization and give the needed leadership that will continue to encourage the implementation of the PAD declaration.

WEF has an established and recognized credibility as the voice of the evangelical church worldwide.

WEF 's worldwide network with ready access to numerous training institutions makes it the natural avenue to make the PAD declaration known and encourage its implementation.

Theologically and philosophically PAD tracks with WEF. Through and with WEF's "fellows" existing platforms to challenging Presidents and Academic Deans, may be more easily accessed than at present.

WEF's network of Christian leaders may be more positioned to appoint regional coordinators to encourage the implementation of the PAD declaration regionally.

Submitted by Philip M. Steyne

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