Department of Pedagogy and Catechetical Ministry
Head of Department
ldiko SZABO, PhD
Tel.: +36-1- 210-5400
Postal address: 11 Danko utca Budapest H-1086
Education at the Theological Faculty of the John Wesley Theological College focuses on two targets: a) training students who have a calling to become pastors, spiritual and catechetical ministers within the Hungarian Evangelical Fellowship, the church that maintains our institute; b) training theologians and pastors who wish to serve God’s word in other churches. (Our students also have the opportunity to study denominational subjects at accredited institutions of higher education maintained by other churches.).
The teaching curricula enables the students to get acquainted with the most important issues of Christian faith and tradition, the methodology of the theory and education of religion, the related conceptual and scientific system as well as the modes of the dissemination of this knowledge. They also learn the traditions of the Hungarian Evangelical Fellowship respectively of their own denomination. They also have the opportunity to learn the special knowledge and skills of their special educational service as well as general knowledge of cultural and humane studies.
It follows from the testimonial character of Christianity and from the Wesleyan tradition, that theological studies cannot be limited to theoretical knowledge and to the imparting of the symbolical and theoretical system of values of the Gospel either. A likewise important component of pastoral and theological identity and competence is the integration of knowledge at the highest personal level. The catechetical minister and the pedagogue do not simply „teach”, but they also influence the formation of the morality and world-view of the students by their personality, communication, exemplary deeds and authentic experience of faith.
Our teaching and research are specially devoted to the pursuit of the values that the Script teaches on the man who carries the glory and semblance of the Lord. This implies for us to stress the value of social work and charity, the respectful and humanistic dialogue with other denominations, faiths and convictions.
As a consequence of our theological vision, we are especially devoted to the idea of the Jewish-Christian brotherhood and to the conviction that the Jewish-Christian relationship cannot be hostile. We also pay special attention to the various minorities, especially to the Romani people and to the socially most marginalized brothers. We wish to deepen the Samaritan attitude in our students as the responsibility given by God, towards the social outcast.