• 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…

  • Conference at the St Petersburg Christian University

    Toivo Pilli, IBTSC director of Baptist and Anabaptist studies, participated at the conference ‘The Identity of the People of God in the Bible, History and Theology’ in St Petersburg. The conference took place in April this year and was organised by St Petersburg Christian University. Valeriy Alikin, Rector of the University, said in his opening address: ‘Identity is a popular topic, it is “on the top of the wave”.  People try to understand themselves and they ask who they are.’ About 35-40 participants gathered around the topic of religious identity which was explored from different angles. Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte from Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, discussed Paul’s theological roots and identity…

  • David McMillan successfully defends his doctoral thesis

    A note from Mike Pears: I am sure that you will want to join me in congratulating Dr David McMillan on successfully defending his doctoral thesis on Tuesday 11 June at VU Amsterdam. David did outstandingly well receiving his doctorate cum Laude. The McMillan family, IBTSC staff and David’s supervisors had a great time celebrating the awarding of this very significant and well deserved distinction. David has played a key role in enabling the move of IBTSC from Prague to Amsterdam and the considerable investment of time and effort had involved a delay in completion of his thesis. This milestone therefore comes not only with our congratulations but also with…

  • IBTS Centre Seeking To Appoint New Staff Member

    Appointment of Director for Learning and Deputy to the Director of the International Baptist Theological Study Centre Amsterdam   Job title:          Director of Learning and Deputy to the Director of the International Baptist Theological Study Centre Amsterdam Location:         The Baptist House, Postjesweg 150, 1061 AX Amsterdam.   IBTS Centre Amsterdam is a growing research community specialising in providing opportunity and resources for researchers pursuing PhD studies in the areas of Anabaptist/Baptist histories and theologies, Missiology and Practical Theology – Identity, Mission and Practice.  A key part of our mission is to help train leaders and conduct research that can aid the Christian church in its mission and ministry in…