• A new member of the team

    I just joined the IBTS team in the role of Development Manager for Learning Network Platform and will be part of the team developing this new initiative. I’m grateful for this opportunity to introduce myself. I’m Tom Arabis, with my wife, Vicky, I have served in Portugal as missionaries since 1990. We are Americans but feel quite at home in Europe. Over these last thirty years our ministry has focused on various aspects of theological education. I’ve served as the Academic Dean at two schools and taught primarily in the areas of hermeneutics/Bible study methodology and Christian education. I came to Portugal with a master’s degree in Bible Exposition from…

  • New Learning Network in development

    Meeting people throughout Europe for EBF Mission I was impressed by the motivation, gifts and desire to learn of churchplanters, mission-minded people and people involved in arts and mission. I’m glad to be part of the IBTS Centre team since January. I’m Ingeborg te Loo and I’m working as the coordinator of the Learning Network. It’s a new collaborative venture which aims to deliver high quality, accessible, inclusive, grounded, theological education, focused on the missional opportunities of those in Baptist education and leadership across the EBF region. The Learning Network will be a blended learning fellowship with on-site learning and digital learning methods. We are developing this with a team…

  • New coordinator Research Community

    Two years ago, in January 2018, I was going to a conference at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. While walking in the sun and enjoying the setting I prayed: Lord how I would love to work in Amsterdam, preferably in an international setting. Now I am employed in a wonderful institute which matches both criteria. I am a grateful person. My name is Laura Dijkhuizen and since January of this new year I am working at the IBTS Centre as the new coordinator of the Research Community. I will be taking over the coordinating tasks of David McMillan and explore how to develop the Research Community further. The work at…

  • New IBTS Centre Staff members appointed!

    We are delighted to announce that from January 2020 IBTS Centre will have three new part-time staff members joining the team – Laura Dijkhuizen, Ingeborg te Loo and Tom Arabis.  Laura Dijkhuizen joins the team as Coordinator of the IBTS Centre Research Community. Laura is Academic Dean of School of Divinity (part-time) for the Foundation Academy of Amsterdam. The Academy offers education for those who never had an opportunity to attend a college or a university, due to lack of resources such as finances, proper diplomas, or because they are refugees, migrants or stateless. Laura already works closely with the Facutly of Religion and Theology at the VU and is currently undertaking…

  • The Theological College of Elstal (Theologische Hochschule Elstal) in Berlin was the host for this year’s gathering of the Theology and Education Commission of the EBF. Seventeen people gathered to explore the subject of Political Tensions of Today and the Church: Exploring Baptist Engagement in Europe. Participants included college directors, politicians, theological educators and academics and Baptist Union presidents and came from Italy, Israel, Netherlands, UK, Romania, Germany, Ukraine, Estonia, Moldova and Poland. The diversity of those present stimulated excellent and insightful conversation leaving the impression that this was a creative learning experience for all. We were grateful for the opportunity to take a bit of time out from discussion…

  • Call for Papers on Church-State Relations

     Throughout history there has been a variety of relationships between Christian churches and governments, sometimes harmonious and sometimes conflicting. This remains true in today’s world, in terms of politics and political tensions within Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East (the EBF region). We plan to explore this topic in the Spring 2020 issue of the Journal of European Baptist Studies. Articles that report on research or debate issues relating to historical, biblical, missiological, or theological aspects of the theme of Church-State Relations are welcome, in particular those that explore Baptist tensions in these situations. This call for papers shares the theme of a forthcoming consultation to be convened by…

  • Student Success and the end of a Programme

    This June saw four students complete their studies with IBTS Centre on Manchester University courses. Three completed their Masters degree and one completed the PostGraduate Certificate. Our congratulations to Ross (with distinction), Adianes, Filip and Jesse. In January 2017 Manchester University announced that it was withdrawing from validation of all non-UK programmes and quite a few UK programmes as well. This brings to an end both the Masters and PostGraduate Certificate programmes we have been running for some years. We do not intend to replace the Masters programme as many of our EBF region seminaries and colleges now have a Masters provision and it’s not our role to compete with…