Institute for Excellence

Most leaders of Majority World seminaries were trained in academic disciplines as faculty members. Few have been trained in organizational leadership or have much opportunity to engage with peers regarding the challenges they face as they lead schools.

Since 1999, Overseas Council has provided annual week-long consultations in each region known as the Institute for Excellence. The Institutes serve as a continuing education platform for presidents, deans, board members and other senior leaders of centers for theological education. Participants report that they experience strengthened leadership skills, increased organizational expertise, improved strategic thinking, and confidence to apply what they have learned with the aid of multi-faceted resources.

Theological education programs in the Majority World face a number of critical challenges. Overseas Council not only recognizes these challenges, but, through the Institute and our Regional Directors, assists Majority World leaders to address the challenges contextually, appropriately, and effectively.