June 13th, 2021
IBTS is delighted to be able to congratulate Elie Haddad on the successful defence of his PhD thesis at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Elie is well known throughout the European Baptist Federation (EBF) and serves as the President of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) in Lebanon. Elie's thesis was entitled 'Developing a Missional Ecclesiology for the Local Baptist Church in Lebanon' and provided an assessment of how the Lebanese crises of the last ten years, as well as theological education, have helped shape the Lebanese Baptist Church. Elie said, "My ultimate passion is to witness a Lebanese Baptist Church with an effective missional witness among its neighbors. Consequently, the purpose of this study is to offer a theological framework for the Lebanese Baptist Church to consider as it revisits its ecclesiology to match its evolving praxis."
ABTS holds a strategic place in the mission and work of the EBF family and under Elie's leadership has continued to grow in influence and capacity to further theological education across the Middle East. IBTS is proud to have Elie among its alumni and looks forward to continued fellowship and cooperation with Elie and ABTS in the years ahead.
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The IBTSC research area of Practice focuses on what is commonly known as the field of Practical Theology and encompasses the areas of ethics, homiletics, justice, peace, religious freedom, conflict resolution, human rights, the ministry and life of the church. There is a strong focus on research methodology - the use of appropriate qualitative and quantitative methods, ethnography and ethical research practices.
This research area also incorporates what was theThomas Helwys Institute for Study of Religious Freedom which was founded at Bristol Baptist College in March 2002 and transferred to IBTS, Prague in 2006 and what was the Centre for Just Peace-making Study and Research established in 2011 with the view of advancing Glen Stassen’s Just Peace-making Theory.