International Church and Educational Leaders say …
Rev. Riad A. Kassis, PhD
International Director, International Council for Evangelical Theological Education
Director, Langham Scholars Ministry, Langham Partnership
The International Council for Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE) strives to see evangelical theological education strengthened through international cooperation. Capacity-building of faculty members in evangelical theological institutions worldwide is a key concern of our ICETE service network. Therefore, developing qualified faculty members will ensure to a large extent the strengthening of theological education globally.
Global Associates for Transformational Education (GATE) is an Associate Member of ICETE. Its main focus is to equip faculty members with the right mindset and skills to do their ministry more effectively.
I have experienced GATE workshops firsthand and I can attest to its importance in raising the standards of teaching and learning. With an experienced international team of facilitators, whom I have the privilege of knowing personally, I do hope and pray that GATE will continue to serve God’s kingdom globally and efficiently.
Dr. Frew Tamrat
Vice-President and Head of Graduate Studies
Evangelical Theological College of Addis Ababa
I am very grateful to see GATE Workshops being conducted in Africa, especially in Ethiopia where I live and serve the Lord in the theological education context. GATE’s emphasis of moving education from information to transformation is one of the things those of us who train the current and future leaders of the church of Christ need to hear daily. As our curriculum and experiences show, most of us who are involved in the process of theological education realize that our focus has been mainly on passing cognitive information to our students. I am grateful to GATE for training us to be transformational educators rather than just teachers who transmit information to our students.
GATE Workshop Alumni say …
- I want to endorse and applaud this initiative because it is need-related and context-sensitive. I witnessed institutional leaders from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania and Poland being led into a deeper understanding of the fundamental task of a theological training school, to train leaders capable of making a difference ….
- This workshop was the first educational workshop in my teaching career. … I can say that most, if not all, of the information was beneficial for me. I think that the lecturers themselves gave good examples of how to organize my course, and how to present it in a meaningful and attractive way.
- Seminars such as these are always a good opportunity to stop and reflect on issues that so often are neglected among all other pressures. It was good to rehearse the issues and to have a chance to discuss them with colleagues.
- Much of what I have learned came from the discussion and critical perspective of the participants. It deepened my understanding of the role of community for effective learning and I was challenged to consider different natures of the learning community.
- The greatest value was simply gathering these various faculties together so they could listen to each other within their own schools as well as listen to members of other schools. They never get a chance to do this kind of discussion and interaction among themselves.
- I have learned the importance of humility in teaching. The attitude with which the presenters approached the attendees was marked by their preparation about subjects supported through fervent prayers.
- The information, the interaction and all leaders demonstrating/embodying servant leadership have been powerful. The learning from this conference will serve as cornerstones in my life as I seek to serve His people – whether as a formal teacher or volunteer.
- It is difficult for non-Americans to avoid [receiving] the impression that Americans have the authoritative and final word on theological education. I thought you generally did a good job of communicating with humility, sharing insights without suggesting that those insights were the only appropriate evangelical position. … Thank you for coming!
- The four steps in developing a course were especially beneficial for me as a new teacher. In my future course preparation, I would like to think first about the outcome, then the antecedents, then process and content.