IBTS Centre Amsterdam has three key reseach areas:
IBTS Centre Amsterdam functions as:
An independent Baptist theological institution and a Collaborative Centre within the Faculty of Theology of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
The International Baptist Theological Study Centre Amsterdam has the legal structure of a Dutch Association (vereniging) in accordance with the laws of the Netherlands. Bodies that are members of the EBF are entitled to become members of the Association. Relationships with other academic institutions enhance the academic capacity of the Centre but do not diminish its commitment to and belonging within the European Baptist community.
A key member of a new Baptist community known as the Baptist House in Amsterdam
Together with the Baptist Union of the Netherlands, the Dutch Baptist Seminary and the office of the European Baptist Federation the Centre in Amsterdam forms a community known as the Baptist House sharing facilities, resources and opportunities for worship and learning.
A multicultural learning community
The Centre in Amsterdam serves the diverse Baptist and wider Christian family. The cohort of studentsis drawn from Armenia, Canada, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Ghana, Lebanon, Moldova, the Netherlands, Ukraine and the USA.
A community of higher academic rigour at the forefront of research and reflection on Baptist issues
Academic rigour at both PhD and Masters level programmes is assured through the relationships formed in 2013 with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) and Manchester University in the UK.
The Centre promotes an academic culture through the programme of intensive weeks of study, the unique annual research colloquium, annual named lecture series, academic events and publications, the hosting of students, scholars and sabbaticals.
A learning community with excellent library resources and lecturing and supervision faculty drawn from across the world
The Centre has over 40,000 texts focused on the Centre’s areas of speciality and excellent online resources. This is augmented by access to the vast holdings of the VU University Amsterdam library and their online resources. Consequently, students of the Centre are well resourced throughout their studies and further aided by the support of an international team of adjunct supervisors and lecturers.