ICETE Celebrates John Stott

     During ICETE’s 2012 INTERNATIONAL CONSULTATION FOR THEOLOGICAL EDUCATORSthe global community will be celebrating the life and ministry of John Stott. The Consultation programme will especially highlight Stott’s singular ministry commitment to the majority world in general, and to evangelical theological education in particular. Participants will also honour Stott as one who exceptionally embodied and lived out the Consultation theme, firmly rooted in the Word and energetically engaged in the world. Douglas Carew, Vice-Chancellor of Africa International University in Kenya, will lead the commemorative reflection. Chris Wright, Stott’s ministry successor, and a member of the ICETE Council of Reference, will be giving the Consultation’s keynote address. John Stott died in July 2011. He was much beloved in the evangelical majority world as ‘Uncle John’, not least for his leadership in what became Langham Partnership International, a ministry which provided scholarships for advanced studies, and a steady stream of books for the libraries of majority world theological schools. ICETE also remembers John Stott for his gracious interest in and support for ICETE. Among other things, he opened with greetings and invocation ICETE’s 2003 International Consultation held in High Wycombe UK. Then, unable to attend the next such consultation, held in 2006 in Chiang Mai, Thailand, he arranged to send personal greetings to the participants.

Discounts for the ICETE 2012 Consultation

     The ICETE 2012 Consultation composite participation fee is US$750 per individual (covering registration, accommodation, and meals). However, delegates from institutions that are formally linked to one of ICETE’s member associations are eligible for a 50% discount on that fee. Also eligible are up to two delegates from other ICETE-linked entities. Travel and related expenses are the responsibility of the sponsoring institution or individual. The Consultation is taking place 15-19 OCTOBER 2012 in NAIROBI, KENYA. Registration is already in progress. Since space will be limited, the process will function on a ‘first-come first-served’ basis. Those interested in participating should begin inquiries at this time. Registration that is not completed by 31 August 2012 will entail an additional US$50 charge. Find details on the special ICETE 2012 Consultation website, at: icetedu.wordpress.com  The website features latest information on the Consultation, a cool video, and a place where one may conveniently initiate the registration process. One may also contact the ICETE Consultation Directorate, at: ICETE2012Nairobi@gmx.net

Global Evangelical Leadership

          Among principal leaders of the global evangelical community who will be present at the ICETE 2012 Consultation in Nairobi is Geoff Tunnicliffe, Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA). Tunnicliffe will address the gathering in plenary session on “Theological Education’s Role in Global Evangelicalism”. He will also be hosting elective afternoon sessions for personal interaction with delegates. ICETE is a Global Partner within the World Evangelical Alliance, and is represented on the WEA International Leadership Forum. WEA is a network of evangelical church communities in 129 nations of the world, together with regional evangelical alliances and over 100 international organisations, working in concert to give a world-wide identity, voice, and platform to more than 600 million evangelical Christians. For more information, visit: www.worldea.org

Equipping Academic Deans

     Among the most popular services that ICETE provides to evangelical theological education has been its Institute for Professional Academic LeadershipIPAL, a special training structure for deans and other academic officers at evangelical theological schools in the majority world. The IPAL programme began in 2005 in Asia. Since then it has spread to Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean. The structure involves intensive 3-4 day seminars over a three year period, designed to build professional capacity in academic leadership for greater institutional effectiveness, leader longevity, evangelical unity and regional association development. The need for IPAL arises from the common practice at theological schools of thrusting lecturing staff with high academic qualifications into academic leadership roles for which they have little or no professional preparation. In recent years the IPAL seminars have taken place in Togo, Guatemala, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil; Jamaica, and Zambia. Everywhere they have been enthusiastically welcomed. Plans are presently under discussion for future seminars in Trinidad, Ukraine and Mozambique. IPAL functions under the able leadership of Dr Fritz Deininger from Germany, formerly Academic Dean at the Bangkok Bible College and Seminary in Thailand. For more information, contact him at: fritz.dein@gmx.net

Applications Invited

     Asbury Theological Seminary in the United States announces two faculty openings in its E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism. Both are tenure track positions. The selected candidates will be expected to mentor PhD students. Applicants should be associate or full professors with PhDs in the appropriate fields. The first opening is for the Dwight Beeson ESJ Chair of World Mission and Evangelism commencing January 2013 or September 2013. The applicant should be a missiologist with strengths in interpersonal evangelism and church planting. Competencies in theology of mission, church growth, and cross-cultural communication are welcomed. The second opening is in Mission and World Religion commencing in September 2012 or January 2013. Candidates must demonstrate an understanding of the application of the study of religion to Christian mission. Experience in cross-cultural ministry, church planting, teaching, and publishing are desirable. Asbury is a confessional seminary in the Wesleyan-Arminian tradition; support of the seminary’s confessional and ethos statements is essential. Applications from women, and from the majority world, are encouraged. Nominations, applications or questions may be addressed to: The World Mission and Evangelism Search Committee or World Religion Search Committee, E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism, 204 N. Lexington Ave, Wilmore KY 40390-1100, USA. The deadline for applications is 1 June 2012, or until the position is filled. Asbury Theological Seminary is an active participant in the ICETE community in the status of an ICETE Affiliate.

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About ICETE

     ICETE is a global community, sponsored by eight regional associations of theological schools, to facilitate collaboration worldwide for excellence and renewal in evangelical theological education. The eight sponsoring associations together cover all parts of the world, with a combined constituency of more than 872 evangelical theological schools in 113 countries. This represents globally a student population in excess of a hundred thousand presently in preparation for church leadership roles, predominantly in the majority world. ICETE was established in 1980, and functions as a Global Partner within the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA).

      “ICETE is playing a critical role in meeting an immense need of the global church for strengthening and deepening theological education.”

Geoff Tunnicliffe
World Evangelical Alliance (WEA)


ICETE Sponsoring Associations—ACTEA (Africa); ATA (Asia); CETA (the Caribbean); EEAA (Europe); E-AAA (Euro-Asia); AETAL (Latin America); ABHE (North America); SPAEC (South Pacific)

ICETE Officers—Chair: Ralph Enlow (USA); Deputy Chair: Joseph Shao (Philippines); Director: Paul Sanders (France/Lebanon); Associate Director: Douglas Carew (Kenya); Deputy Director: Paul Bowers (USA/Africa)

ICETE Council of Reference—Chris Wright (UK); Emilio Nuñez (Guatemala); Rolf Hille (Germany); Wilson Chow (Hong Kong); Doug Birdsall (USA); Daniel Bourdanné (Chad); Peter Kuzmič (Croatia)

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