CEBTS - Consortium of European Baptist Theological Schools


    7th FORUM

    Representatives of thirteen member bodies of CEBTS gathered in Odessa, Ukraine from 9 – 13 July 2012 for the 7th Forum and conference of CEBTS under the theme "Going in and out. Spirituality and Mission".

    Hosted in a grand fashion by the Odessa Baptist Theological Seminary, those attending explored the theme through a variety of lectures, seminars and workshops. The President of Odessa Seminary, Volodymyr Shemchyshyn and the Academic Dean, Olexsandr Geychenko greeted everyone and Oleksandr led the opening Worship and Bible Study.

    Plenary sessions included papers on Spirituality in Slavic, Latin and North Western Europe context. We explored a Missionary Ecclesiology for the 21st Century, the relationship between Structures of the church and Spirituality, the Psalms as a source of Spirituality and our Spiritual Journey as Theological Teachers.

    We had a case study in missionary transformation from the North Caucasus region of Russia, looked at an overall examination of church planting work across central and eastern Europe.

    Workshops for theological teachers by subject discipline and a second series around issues affecting small institutions and looking at the development of life long learning and the responsibilities of seminaries.

    Included in the programme was a tour of the historic centre of Odessa.

    Teun van der Leer, Moderator of CEBTS and Rector of the Baptist Seminary in the Netherlands commented that this was one of the most successful to be held and a new CEBTS Core group was elected to plan for the 2014 Forum.

    Papers from the event will be published on the CEBTS web site and some lectures will be published in the Journal of European Baptist Studies.


    The Seventh CEBTS Forum and meeting of theological teachers will be held in Odessa, Ukraine, arriving in Odessa on 9 July then holding our sessions 10-12 July 2012 (clear of the BWA Gathering) departing on 13 July.

    We are delighted to be hosted by the Odessa Seminary, which was the first to be established in the former Soviet Union after the collapse of communism and is doing excellent work training pastors and leaders for the Ukraine and other countries.

    Attached are a programme and application form! We ask you to be sure you have reserved the dates in your diary.

    Now be sure to book your place! All accommodation at Odessa Seminary is double occupancy en suite. The conference sum includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and refreshment breaks.

    If you book in to other accommodation, we can provide a seminary meal package. This will cost c Euro 17 per day.


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