Vision, Values and Mission of IBTS Centre
To serve the European Baptist Federation and wider Baptist community as a theological research community committed to academic excellence, providing extensive resources and disseminating the knowledge gained for the benefit of churches, individuals and ministries in their local context.
Scripture: IBTS Centre places a high value on the place of scripture – especially its contextual reading
Baptist tradition: IBTS Centre is committed to the Baptist tradition serving primarily the unions of EBF and the wider Baptist community
Community: worship, fellowship and mutual support are essential to all good learning and formation in faith
Respect: IBTS Centre promotes critical thinking and engagement in an atmosphere of humility and respect for differing opinions
Excellence: Academic excellence and excellence in delivery of programmes is a mark of Christian discipleship
Collaboration: Collaboration rather than competition should be the hallmark of Christian theological education
Service: our priority is to serve the church through the work of the Centre
Relevance: our research, teaching and learning must be contextually rooted and relevant in the contemporary context
To support, resource, inform and enable Baptist ministry and mission across the EBF region through the provision of educational programmes that are contextually relevant, biblically based, convened and co-constituted in partnerships around the EBF region in the service of EBF member Unions and Seminaries.
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 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 research and learning community
The Centre in Amsterdam serves the diverse Baptist and wider Christian family. Students have been drawn from Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Colombia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Ghana, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Sweden, UK, Ukraine and the USA.
A community of academic rigour at the forefront of research and reflection on Baptist issues
Academic rigour at PhD level is assured through the relationships formed in 2013 with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).
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.
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