• Recruiting a new Director of IBTSC

     Job title: Director of the International Baptist Theological Study Centre (IBTSC) Amsterdam Location: The Baptist House, Postjesweg 150, 1061 AX Amsterdam. IBTSC Amsterdam exists to help train leaders and conduct research that can aid the Christian church in its mission and ministry in Europe and beyond through internationally focused, European based, baptistic theological education. IBTSC’s primary areas of research and education lie in Anabaptist/Baptist histories and theologies, Missiology, and Practical Theology – Identity, Mission and Practice. IBTSC is constituted as a Dutch Association (Vereniging) and is a collaborative partner within the Faculty of Theology of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam for the delivery of a PhD programme. IBTSC is also an…

  • News from IBTSC

    At a meeting of the Board of IBTSC on September 21, David McMillan was appointed as Interim Rector following Stuart Blythe’s departure. David has been involved with IBTS and IBTSC for some years managing the relocation of IBTS to Amsterdam and establishing IBTSC as a legal entity in the Netherlands.  David and his wife Dorothy are members of BMS World Mission, seconded to IBTSC. We recently produced a newsletter with lots of latest developments including the move to the new Baptist House.  Click on the picture to read the newsletter.    

  • IBTSC Amsterdam Rector, Stuart Blythe, to take up new post with Acadia Divinity College, Nova Scotia, Canada.

    Revd Dr Stuart Blythe, Rector of IBTSC Amsterdam will be leaving IBTSC to take up a new position as Associate Professor in the John Gladstone Chair of Preaching and Worship at Acadia  Divinity College. Dr Blythe is the first Rector of IBTSC Amsterdam, taking up the post in 2014 and steering the institution through the critical period of establishing the operation in Amsterdam.  Over the past three years Dr Blythe has successfully overseen the new partnership with the Faculty of Theology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the first successful PhD promotions. In addition he has overseen the new relationship with Manchester University in the provision of the Masters programme.…

  • Congratulations to IBTSC Alumnus

      We are please to copy and carry this announcement from American Baptist Churches USA and to Congratulate a recent alumni of IBTSC Amsterdam. VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 5/9/17)—On Monday, May 8, the Board of General Ministries met at Springhill Suites in Chicago to elect Reverend Dr. Lee B. Spitzer to the position of General Secretary of American Baptist Churches USA. Dr. Spitzer’s name was brought forward to the Board of General Ministries by the General Secretary Search Committee. Over the past several months the Search Committee had interviewed numerous candidates. After much prayer, discernment, and deep discussion, the committee identified Dr. Spitzer as the candidate best suited to lead…

  • Gill’s Promotion

    He is smiling now. We are pleased to announce the successful PhD defence and ‘Promotion’ of Gil Dueck at the Vrije Universiteit which took place on Wednesday 10th May. Gill’s Thesis was entitled: ‘A Transformative Moment: Emerging Adult Faith Development in Conversation with the Theology of James E. Loder’. We extend our congratulation to Gil and to his family, his wife, parents, and children who traveled to be present. We also congratulate his IBTSC supervisor Dr Parush Parushev and his Vrije Universiteit supervisor Prof. Dr Fernando Enns. Not present on the day we also extend our congratulations to his co-supervisor Prof. Dr Nancey Murphy. A good day.

  • America First

      ‘…our fundamental values …are not our policies’ – so said Rex Tillerson the US Secretary of State in his recent address to State Department employees. At the heart of a speech that ranged over a wide range of contemporary world issues was the question of how to translate “America First” into foreign policy. Tillerson understands “America First” as a call to secure America’s national security and economic interests. He was at pains to stress that the American values around freedom, human dignity and the way people are treated never change but policy, in the pursuit of “America First”, may. I think someone needs to point out to Mr Tillerson…

  • Vienna and Vienna again…

    In the past two weeks I have been in Vienna twice to participate in two EBF conferences. The first of these was the EBF Younger Leaders’ Programme TRANSFORM held from 15-18 March. Present were six men and five women who had been identified by their Baptist Unions or Conventions as having gifts and potential to exercise leadership in a wider setting with an international dimension. The focus of this gathering was on discipleship and I contributed around themes of: less conventional biblical images of discipleship as leadership, the communal nature of discipleship, and the practices of discipleship. Perhaps a key theme which emerged through all of this was how we deal with…

  • Alec Gilmore: EBF & IBTSC

    Alec Gilmore was a long time friend and colleague at IBTS in Prague. Alec came to visit us for the first time at IBTS Centre in Amsterdam during the January colloquium.  Follow the link to read Alec’s reflections on his visit and Tony Peck’s appreciation of Alec’s ministry. Much of the material on our website has has been rewritten recently and, helpful as ever, Alec has kindly offered to proof read and standardize the text. We are grateful to him for all he’s done in the past and his continued support in such a practical way. http://ebf.org/alec-gilmore-a-significant-contribution-to-ebf-life