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IBTS

Overview

Our vision

The IBTS Research Community is an international community of Baptist scholars that facilitates original research, is committed to academic excellence, and empowering witness in everyday life. The community includes doctoral students and established academics from around the world who share a passion for doing theology in a ‘baptistic’ way – one that draws on the richness of Baptist and Anabaptist traditions and theology.

Academic Excellence

High academic standards are achieved by delivering a well-structured doctoral programme in collaborative partnership with the Faculty of Religion and Theology at the Vrije Universiteit (VU-FRT). Doctorates gained through this programme are valued around the world. 

Valorisation

Part of the value of research is in its potential to have an impact, or transformative effect, in church and society alike. Researchers at IBTS are usually embedded in their research context so that the issues under investigation, as well as the research findings, are well grounded in the local situation. Current research methodologies, that recognise the potential of research to be transformative, are integrated into the research process.  

Collaboration

Collaboration is essential for shaping the research agenda so that it stays on the cutting edge. Collaboration can happen between academics and practitioners, in sharing across academic disciplines, through ecumenical and interfaith dialogue, and through international partnerships. 

Faith Community

Academic endeavour is rooted in the convictions, practices and traditions of the Baptist faith community. Fellowship amongst those who draw from Baptist and Anabaptist traditions across many countries and cultures provides a strongly supportive and stimulating environment for all involved in the research journey. Through its strong links with the European Baptist Federation, IBTS is relationally and organisationally rooted in the wider European Baptist family.  

Academic Freedom

Exercising academic freedom is essential for rigorous doctoral research. By holding together the commitment to being a Faith Community along with Academic Freedom, IBTS seeks to provide a safe space within the EBF for meaningful exploration of the issues that really matter to the church in contemporary society.  

What we do

Deliver a PhD programme

IBTS facilitates the PhD researcher within the rubric of our key areas of Identity, Mission and Practice in collaborative partnership with the Faculty of Religion and Theology, Vrije Universiteit and with other affiliated supervisors.

Host an Academic Community

IBTS is an academic home for those within the Baptist and Anabaptist tradition from around the world. Through its Research Community it supports and resources those involved in theological research and education.

Resource the Churches of the EBF and Beyond

Through research and education programmes, IBTS is committed to serving and working collaboratively with the churches, unions and seminaries of the EBF and beyond.

What we do

Deliver a PhD programme

IBTS facilitates the PhD researcher within the rubric of our key areas of Identity, Mission and Practice in collaborative partnership with the Faculty of Religion and Theology, Vrije Universiteit and with other affiliated supervisors.

Host an Academic Community

IBTS is an academic home for those within the Baptist and Anabaptist tradition from around the world. Through its Research Community it supports and resources those involved in theological research and education.

Resource the Churches of the EBF and Beyond

Through research and education programmes, IBTS is committed to serving and working collaboratively with the churches, unions and seminaries of the EBF and beyond.