CEBTS 2020

09 Jul 2020 By ZOOM

CEBTS 2020: How will the COVID-19 crisis
change theological education?

Thursday 9th July, 10.00-13.30 (CEST summertime)

We warmly invite you to join us for an online gathering of CEBTS.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis plans for CEBTS 2020 have changed. We have had to cancel our meeting in Amsterdam where we were to be hosted by IBTSC. However, in these challenging times there is value in meeting to reflect together on important questions that affect us all. We have therefore arranged for a Zoom meeting to discuss questions relating to theological education and the COVID-19 crisis.

We are delighted to have two guest presenters for our sessions. Dr Einike Pilli (Rector of Tartu Theological Seminary, Estonia) will facilitate a conversation about theological education and the COVID crisis and Revd Dr Michael Rohde (Chair of board IBTSC and senior pastor Evangelisch-Freikirchliche Gemeinde Hannover-Walderseestraße) will help us to explore implications for theology.

To be practical, we invite each college to be represented by a few people sharing a single computer or device (perhaps maintaining safe social distance!). It would be especially helpful for institutions to be represented by senior staff - principals, rectors, academic deans etc.

Please register by following this link:

For further information contact the IBTSC administrator Marianne van Zwieten

We look forward to seeing you online.

Peace and Blessings

Mike Pears (Director, IBTSC)



10.00-11.30 Session 1. Education and COVID-19: what are we learning about operating online?
This session focuses on educational practices for the future: what have we learned during the COVID crisis and what opportunities has this opened for the future?

  • Welcome and introductions
  • Guest presenter Einike Pilli
  • Small groups and plenary discussion

11.30-12.00 Coffee Break

12.00-13.15 Session 2 Theology and COVID-19: how is the world of academic theology responding to COVID-19?

  • Guest presenter Michael Rohde
  • Group share: what key questions are emerging?
  • Open discussion

13.15-13.30 CEBTS plans for 2021

  • Time and place?
  • Subject?