ITE Breakout Sessions

ITE Breakout Sessions

Competency-Based Theological Education part 1: Philosophy and Structure

Greg Henson

In part one of this series, we will look a brief history of competency-based education and how competency-based theological education invites us to reimagine the educational journey as one rooted in developing followers of Jesus who flourish in their vocations. To get there, we will look at some of the reasons why it works and how different schools around the world are structuring CBTE programs. By leveraging the principles and practices of CBTE, schools around the world are creating fresh expressions of theological education and seeing God move in amazing ways. Join the conversation as we continue to learn together.


Competency-Based Theological Education part 2: How to Develop CBE

Greg Henson

In part two of this series, we will take a deeper dive into how to build, implement, and assess competency-based theological education programs. In doing so, we will discover how the traditional definitions of "formal" and "non-formal" theological education begin to take on new meaning and consider the extraordinary opportunity for collaboration. Developing CBTE programs can be a life-giving process for any school or ministry. Let's talk about how it might work for you.


Rising with the Occasion: Theological Education in a Post-Pandemic World

Rob Hayden & Tim Bahula

The pandemic has transformed our world, disrupting theological education as we knοw it. While our goal of equipping leaders for the church has not changed, we recognize that something in our educational approach must. In this session, we will explore tandem priorities that hold promise in meeting the challenges of theological education today. First, we will examine how networking can enhance local capacity, foster collegiality, and build resiliency to mitigate the effects of disruptions. Second, we will examine how the emerging concept of digitally-infused learning can help theological educators re-envision pedagogical and technological strategies that cultivate life transformation and ministry readiness.


Moving Theological Education into Online Spaces

Brian Dix & Allan Cuthbert

Accelerated by the pandemic, higher education has moved rapidly into online spaces that are flexible, collaborative, and proven to be effective for transformation. As digital tools improve and access to them grows, opportunities for training continue to expand. What does your institution need to move successfully into these online spaces? This session will address the costs and benefits involved, provide guidance for next steps, and respond to your individual questions and concerns.


How Do You Communicate the Triune Nature of God in Your Local Language?

Tim Miskimen

The summary statement of Trinitarian orthodoxy: God is three persons in one being has been discussed in English at length and the discussion is ongoing. Perhaps you prefer to say in English: “God is one being in three persons” or “God is one essence and three consciousnesses.” That same discussion really needs to happen in every language in which we are teaching theology proper. What are the essential concepts communicated in Scripture which gave rise to our summary statements? What is the church history surrounding the creeds which summarized orthodoxy as well as our English translations? How have you struggled to communicate the Scriptural concepts and narratives—and to summarize those theologically in your own language contexts?


Evidence-Based Practice in Missions: A Method for Establishing Best Practices and Achieving Desired Goals

John Morgan

Decision making and strategy in missions can be elusive tasks. The presence of experts and careful planning my not assure the establishment of best practices. The purpose of this session is to introduce evidence-based practice (EBP) as a proven method for establishing best practices in the mission enterprise. John will provide(1) a definition of EBP, (2) the process for establishing and EBP, (3) the value of EBP and its contribution to the mission enterprise and the fulfillment of mission goals, and (4) the problem of bias and barriers, which challengers the implementation of EBP.


A Pastoral Approach to Global Theological Training

David Prairie

The English-speaking world in general (and the United States in particular) has a wealth of robust biblical and theological material at its disposal. What can the American church do to share these riches with brothers and sisters around the world? One answer is to prioritize local churches and their leaders. This session explores the pastor’s role as theologian, his ministry of applying the scriptures for his context, and how healthy congregations are the best tool for making disciples of all nations.


Conflict Resolution Skills & Strategies for Ministry Leaders-Five Frames of Conflict Resolution

Pete Tokar

The English-speaking world in general (and the United States in particular) has a wealth of robust biblical and theological material at its disposal. What can the American church do to share these riches with brothers and sisters around the world? One answer is to prioritize local churches and their leaders. This session explores the pastor’s role as theologian, his ministry of applying the Scriptures for his context, and how healthy congregations are the best tool for making disciples of all nations.