International Theological Education Summit & Curriculum Design Seminar

Pastors & Churches
ABWE Missionaries


Our goal for this event is to build better collaboration between international theological educators, to explore opportunities for ITE ministry overseas, and to learn how to be more effective in ITE.

  • This annual conference is geared toward:

    • those involved in theological education outside of North America, including our international partners

    • those considering a ministry in ITE

    • and interested individuals from North American schools and other organizations

Our theme this year is "Re-envisioning theological education: Listening to and learning from the majority world church". All participants are invited to submit white papers for consideration to jtaylor@abwe.org. Those selected, based on relevance to the Summit's theme, will be presented at the Summit and published online by ABWE.

Our special speaker this year is Dr. Perry Shaw, author and academic dean of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Lebanon.

Perry and his family have been serving in the Middle East since 1990. During the 1990s, Perry was involved in helping in the establishment of extension centres in Syria for the Program for Theological Education by Extension. He then taught at the Near East School of Theology (Beirut) during the early years of the millennium, joining the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) Faculty in 2007.

In addition to being a Faculty member at ABTS, Perry is a curriculum and faculty development consultant to regional schools and ministries across the globe, and is active in the missional theological education movement within the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE). Perry’s passion is to help ABTS and other theological schools to develop and implement multidimensional purpose-driven curricula that promote the development of missional leadership.

Perry has published Transforming Theological Education: A Practical Handbook for Integrative Learning, The Art of Teaching, The Acts of the Apostles, and is co-editor of Challenging Tradition: Innovation in Advanced Theological Education. He has also published numerous articles in the fields of Christian Education, Intercultural Ministry, and Leadership Studies.

Curriculum Design:

Those who would like to stay are invited to attend our newly redesigned “Curriculum Design for Theological Education” course.


To insure the availability of hotel rooms in the area, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Hotels at Rossmoyne by Marriott on Ritter Road in Mechanicsburg, PA at a rate of $75 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 Hotels at Rossmoyne need to pay the hotel and request reimbursement through your ministry account.

ABWE Guest Services also has a block of rooms reserved for participants in the ITE Summit. Guestrooms are located on the ABWE property and include private baths, a self-serve continental breakfast, cable TV and internet. The price is $32 for the first night and $25 for each additional night. To make a reservation, please contact Karen Hamrick at GuestServices@abwe.org for a reservation form. The block of rooms will be released two weeks prior to the training event, so secure your reservation early.


7-9:00 pm (Pre-summit meeting for ABWE missionaries)

9-11:00 am (Pre-summit meeting for ABWE missionaries)
12-1 pm Opening of the summit
1-2:30 pm Lunch & networking
2:30-5:30 pm Summit
5:30-7 pm Dinner & networking
7-9 pm Summit

9 am – 1 pm Summit
1-2:30 pm Lunch & networking
2:30-5:30 pm Summit
5:30-7 pm Dinner & networking
7-8 pm Closing of the summit

Thursday & Friday
“Curriculum Design for Theological Education”
8:30 am – 1 pm Course
1 – 2 pm Lunch
2 - 5 pm Course

For ABWE Missionaries: To charge to your ABWE Account - on the Ticket Registration Page, using the drop down menu at "Payment Method", select "Pay by Invoice" and then provide your ABWE Account number when requested.

Check In

The check-in process will begin 30 minutes prior to the first session of each seminar. You will receive a name tag which will identify you as a registered attendee.


Dress is business casual/casual. Jeans are appropriate. Graphic t-shirts are not appropriate.

Child Care

We encourage families with children to arrange for childcare at home, or to bring a family member who can watch their children in the hotel or guest room. For those who have infants, or who are unable to find caregivers, we are glad to provide childcare (for ABWE personnel only) at a nominal fee for children four years old and younger. Requests must be made to the event coordinator no less than three weeks prior to the event so childcare workers can be scheduled.

Please note that we cannot provide or accommodate child care for non-ABWE personnel site during this course.


Lunch and dinner will be provided Tuesday and Wednesday of the event. Lunch will be provided for the course on Thursday and Friday. You will be responsible for your own breakfast each day and dinner on Monday, Thursday, and Friday. A free hot breakfast is included in your room fee when staying at the Hotels at Rossmoyne. Several restaurants are within walking distance of the hotels.


ABWE is not able to provide transportation for this event. Please make all of your own travel arrangements.

For more information, please contact Beth Isbell at bisbell@abwe.org.


  • ABWE pre-summit meeting – free to attendees
  • Summit - $80
  • Course - $80