• Thank you, Ruth, and well done!

    This weekend Ruth Gouldbourne will make the journey from London to IBTS in Prague to chair the IBTS Board of Trustees and she will do it with the absolute commitment she has shown since she first joined the Board over ten years ago (for the detailed history of IBTS see Carol Woodfin An Experiment in Christian Internationalism – A history of the European Baptist Theological Seminary, Macon, GA: Baptist History and Heritage, 2013). Ruth first served as a member of the Academic committee of the Board, and then when Emmanuel Wieser completed his term as Chair, the European Baptist Federation Council appointed Ruth in his stead. Ruth would say to…

  • Wishing a valued partner institution well!

    Monday night, 14 October, saw two of us as representatives of IBTS present at Luther King House in Rusholme, Manchester, for a “Service to mark the new ministries of Clare McBeath, Glen Marshall and Tim Mountain at the Northern Baptist Learning Community.” It was a lovely service, with a thoughtful act of worship led by different members of  NBLC, including two newly-appointed Regional Ministers, Mary Taylor (Yorkshire) and Tim Presswood (North West), both of whom are NBLC alumni. Clare and Glen become Co-Principals of NBLC, following in the pattern of co-principalship established by good friends of IBTS, Richard Kidd and Anne Phillips. Tim joins the tutorial team. Within the European…

  • Yorkshire Baptist Ministers’ Day

    It’s some 23 years since I could last be classified as a “Yorkshire Baptist Minister” (that is to say resident in the historic white rose county and having some ministerial input into a member church). So, it was good to return as a somewhat lowly “Team Enabler” on Monday having last been there as the General Secretary. About 35 of us were gathered together, with almost as many apologies (guess they had heard I was to be the morning speaker), but a good event. I had offered various titles to speak on and was surprised to find the chosen title was “Is there a future for ordained Baptist ministry in…

  • IBTS in Czech Rectors’ Conference

    On Monday 30th September, the IBTS rector took part in the official opening of the new academic year 2013/14, organized by the Czech Rectors Conference. This year, the event took place in Pardubice and was joint with awarding the „doctor honoris causa“ – “the honorary doctor” – title of the Pardubice University. The welcome speech was given by prof. Ludwig, Rector of the host university. After him, prof. Hampl, Rector of the Charles University and President of the Czech Rectors Conference gave his address. (It is available in Czech here.) He stressed the importance of personal responsibility in the area of higher education, the need of honouring the ethics and principles of…