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International Council for Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE)

ICETE & Michael A. Ortiz

Theological Education more Globally Connected

At present, there are nearly 50,000 training programs for church leadership worldwide. Some are formal, while many are less structured. Some are complicated and at times bureaucratically stalled, while others are nimble and ready to shift on a dime. Some are accredited, some are not and desire to be, and some are not and do not care to be. Some are in-person, some are distance models and highly flexible including online formats. Some are local, perhaps regional programs in a single language, while some are global and even extending across various cultures and languages. The array of programs, objectives, modalities, and scopes have expanded beyond our capacity to quantify all of them. 

But, imagine how all the varied programs would benefit from being more globally connected, learning from one another, exploring ways to collaborate, and together expanding the global capacity to serve church training needs. ICETE, the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education seeks to move the needle towards that vision.  

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Culture Meets Scripture

Culture Meets Scripture – Eight week course

  • by Peter B

  • How can we live in a way that honours God while still respecting our culture?
  • How do we use Scripture to evaluate cultural practices and discern what to do?
  • When cultural practices and values clash with obedience to God, what do we do?
  • When pressures from family/community require us to behave in ways that do not align with Scripture or participate in certain ceremonies we feel uncomfortable with, what choices do we make?
  • How can we make choices that align with Scripture—especially when the costs are great and when cultural beliefs are powerfully ingrained? Can we do this while still being culturally relevant?

Starting in February 2024, the 8-week Culture meets Scripture training programme aims to equip participants with a way of thinking and a tool for digging deeper into cultural practices and ways of living, aligning them with Scripture so that we can make choices that honour God.

The online interactions will happen via the EMDC platform  – to register for the class please sign up via EMDC here.

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Making a scripture video in your own language may be easier than you think

This article will introduce you to the things you need to think about before you start. It will also provide you with links to people and organisations who can help you in different ways.

First thing to think about:

Should we make our own video or should we use a video that someone else has made?

Before you start to answer these questions, make sure you can involve as many people from the community as possible. This article by Michelle Petersen should help.  https://scripture-engagement.org/content/participatory-methods-scripture-engagement/

This is true for all decisions you all will make, not just video.

It is actually not as difficult as you might think to make your own video. Think about your young people. Are they filming themselves doing something clever and sending it to their friends? Quite probably. Are they experts in video? Probably not.

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Bible Engagement Workshop

  • by EMDC

 

The Bible Engagement Workshop is a free online virtual learning hub by SGM Canada where participants are equipped to receive, reflect, remember, and respond to the Bible. The Bible Engagement Workshop takes the form of video blogs using PowerPoint presentations that are ±13 minutes long.

Because everyone is unique, people engage with the Bible in different ways. So, the workshops teach a variety of Bible engagement approaches suited to visual, auditory, reading/writing, or kinesthetics learners. In addition to teaching Scripture engagement practices, the workshops provide instruction on the principles and paradigms of Bible engagement.

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Practically Speaking – Artificial intelligence

On April 11, 2019 the ERLC (Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission) of the Southern Baptist Convention released its “Artificial Intelligence: An Evangelical Statement of Principles” The statement’s preamble began with these words:

As followers of Christ, we are called to engage the world around us with the unchanging gospel message of hope and reconciliation. Tools like technology are able to aid us in this pursuit. We know they can also be designed and used in ways that dishonor God and devalue our fellow image-bearers. Evangelical Christians hold fast to the inerrant and infallible Word of God, which states that every human being is made in God’s image and thus has infinite value and worth in the eyes of their Creator. This message dictates how we view God, ourselves, and the tools that God has given us the ability to create.

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The Advent of Oral Bible Translation

  • by FCBH
A man uses Render during an Oral Bible Translation project in Mexico.

‍The mission of Faith Comes By Hearing revolves around making God’s Word accessible to everyone. This commitment drives them to tirelessly expand the reach of Scripture’s life-saving message. They achieve this by producing Audio Bibles in various languages and making them freely available.

Research shows that seventy percent of the global population primarily learns through listening. This majority, particularly in oral cultures without written systems, grasps the essence of the Bible most effectively when they hear it spoken aloud. As a result, in these oral communities, faith is nurtured and propagated through the act of hearing.

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Choosing Relevant Scriptures

Different people, in different circumstances, will be able to identify more with certain characters and passages of the Bible than others. In this article, Rick Brown suggests that the first portions of Scripture to be translated should be chosen according to their relevance, appeal and challenge to the expected audience. He outlines different audiences (women, pastoral people, traditional settled people, and people residing in the 10/40 window) and appropriate Scriptures for them, and lists some biblical themes that challenge the worldview of many audiences today.

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Exploring the Intersection of Faith and Technology : Bible in Digital Media Online Event

As any EMDC’er knows, the problem of bringing the Bible to the multimedia digital cultures where we now spend more and more of our time is increasingly critical for the Church.

Bible Society is excited to announce an upcoming online event, scheduled for Thursday, September 7 at 7:00 pm UK time, that promises to be a convergence of minds and ideas – a platform for digital theologians, church leaders and pioneers to come together and discuss the vital endeavour of culturally translating the Bible for every digital culture.

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Sunday School Curriculum by Good News Media

Sunday School Curriculum

Good News Media developed this Sunday School curriculum based on GRN’s Look, Listen & Live series. This is a series of eight Sunday School leaders’ guide books, with 24 complete Sunday School lessons for children between the ages of 7-12. The leader’s guide books complement the Look, Listen & Live picture books. To order, contact GRN Southern Africa. Or you can download the books in PDF format for free.

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Outcome Harvesting research in Tanzania

Using ‘Outcome Harvesting’ methodology, SIL Tanzania is researching how communities have been impacted by Bible translation (in particular the publication of the New Testament in print and audio form) and related materials and activities (in particular Scripture engagement materials and activities), in local languages.

The research began this year in the Malila language area, in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania. We spent time visiting the community and listening to stories of change (whether that be a pastor starting to use the Malila Scriptures in church or someone being saved through hearing the audio Scriptures or people valuing their language more and having the courage to use it in public, etc.). We then spent time looking at these ‘Outcome Statements’, both as a research team and with representatives from the local community, to see what we could learn from them for ongoing ministry in the area and beyond.

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