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Sound Theological Education is Sweeping Across Europe

European Bible Training Center (EBTC) is headquartered in Berlin, a city often described as “the atheist capital of Europe.” But despite its atheistic surroundings, EBTC is making a major impact in that region of the world for Christ. With facilities located not only in Berlin, but also in Rhineland (Western Germany) and Zürich (Switzerland), more than 220 students are currently being trained in the sufficiency and authority of the Word of God. A whole network of faithful and thriving churches make up the epicenter of the theological education occurring at EBTC, with an increasing contingent of pastor-theologians supporting the work.

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And the desire for rich theological education is sweeping across Europe. EBTC is responding to the demand in 2016 by establishing a Bible school in Vienna (Austria) and Timisoara (Romania). They are also eagerly influencing the broader work of theological education in Europe by developing Bible-teaching material for local churches and by aiding the Polish Baptist Union in their Bible training program.

EBTC and its partner churches will be hosting several major conferences in 2016 and 2017. In January they hosted a conference that addressed the importance of the Reformation in light of modern church history, speaking to issues such as the origin of life, evolution, and the identity crisis of evangelicalism. In March, they will be hosting a counseling seminar to give thrust to EBTC’s two biblical counseling degrees. And on May 19–21, 2017 in the historic city of Wittenberg, EBTC will host “The Power of the Gospel” conference, with speakers such as John MacArthur and Paul Washer.

There is great excitement in seeing the Word of God bearing fruit across the European continent, but there is also much work to be done. EBTC and the other TMAI member schools around the world require the partnership of churches and missions-minded individuals to keep advancing. God has intended from the beginning that believers work together to fulfill our Lord’s Great Commission, and we believe that there is no class of the community on whom the prosperity of the church of Christ so much depends as on its ministers. This is why we train pastors and church leaders; and with your help we believe much good can come of it.