International Theological Education Summit

Pastors & Churches
ABWE Missionaries
May 14-18, 2018

Our goal for this event is to build better collaboration between international theological educators, to explore opportunities for ministry in this critical area, and to begin uniting around a common philosophy of international theological education. Our theme for the summit is Serving the Global Church through Theological Education. How can we use theological education to fulfill the Great Commission by multiplying leaders, churches and missions movements among every people?

In addition to interacting with our own ABWE personnel, we are inviting interested individuals from the outside, including Dr. Duane Elmer, author of Cross Cultural Servanthood, a former missionary and director of Trinity’s Ph.D. Educational Studies program.

Summit Goals

  • Exploring opportunities for International Theological Education (ITE) ministry
  • Working towards a common philosophy of ITE
  • Building better collaboration between international theological educators


  • Issues facing international theological education in a changing world
  • What does an effective international theological educator look like?
  • Updates from theological schools from around the world
  • The international theological educator as a servant

Special Presenter: Dr. Duane Elmer

Duane Elmer held the G. W. Aldeen Chair of International Studies at Trinity International University for 15 years until retirement. He was also Distinguished Professor of Educational Studies (Emeritus) in the Ph. D. Program. He has authored three books, including Cross Cultural Servanthood. He and his wife served for five years in South Africa and short-term in Zimbabwe. In addition to extensive work with about 30 theological schools in Central Europe and Africa, he has provided cross-cultural training to people from Fortune 500 companies, relief and development agencies, mission organizations, churches and educational institutions in about 125 countries.


To insure the availability of hotel rooms in the area, a block of rooms has been reserved at the TownePlace Suites on Ritter Road in Mechanicsburg, PA at a rate of $67 plus 9% tax per night. The Direct Line is (717) 691-1400—press (0) to speak with a Guest Service Representative. Refer to the ABWE ITE Summit and give the dates. The block of rooms will be released three weeks prior to the training event, so secure your reservation early.

ABWE personnel who stay at the TownePlace Suites need to pay the hotel and request reimbursement through your ministry account.


  • ABWE pre-summit meeting – free to attendees
  • Summit - $ 75
  • Course - $ 75

Register by May 8, 2018