Arab Baptist Theological Seminary
Equipping Faithful Leaders for Effective Service
Founded in 1960 in the hills overlooking Beirut, the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) has been equipping servant-leaders for the ministry challenges arising in the Middle East and North Africa. Since then, hundreds of ABTS graduates have been launched into ministry serving the Arab Church. Their ministries include pastoring churches, teaching the Word of God at schools and colleges, leading home groups and Bible studies, training other leaders, serving refugees, leading worship, preaching, planting churches, starting Bible schools, leading youth meetings, serving in women and children ministries, and sharing the Gospel through different media outlets.
A Growing Church
The Church in the Arab world is witnessing to the Gospel in a very challenging context. The Arab world is facing economic difficulties, a lack of opportunities for a significant part of the young population, diminishing public freedoms, and violence and armed conflict. Furthermore, the Arab Church, in most countries, is facing various forms and levels of persecution.
At the same time, Arab men and women are coming to faith in the Middle East and North Africa in numbers unseen in previous years. God’s Spirit is working, and churches are called to quench the thirst of millions with a relationship with the Father through Jesus.
In Need of Training
From these developments arises the perpetual need for leaders who have learned to engage with the ever-changing tides of today’s world – to engage rather than to fear. The Kingdom of God is about transformation and reconciliation, and this is at the heart of our theological education and leadership formation.
When it might seem simple to import theological and ministry training from the vast resources available in the West, ABTS has worked hard to develop a holistic curriculum that is both biblically faithful and contextually relevant as we fulfill our mission to serve the Church in the Arab world.
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In the current world of social distancing, we are more than ever called to be the salt and light to others around us. Starting April 8th, we at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) will begin to provide online classes for our current residential students so they can complete their training from the safety of their homes.
Having been encouraged by a friend to attend, on Saturday, January 11th Rana set off for the Family to Gather event that was taking place at the ABTS Moore Conference Center that day. Hoping to find support in the midst of the political and economic crisis happening in Lebanon and keep her family strong despite all of the uncertainty and anxiety it produced, she brought her husband, nursery-aged son, and 8-year-old daughter along with her. What happened for her family there, however, was beyond what she could have hoped for.
Wave after wave of violence has threatened to extinguish the light of Christ in Iraq as the country has been vacated of over two thirds of its Christian population since the early 2000s. And yet, at least one pastor and his congregation can be highlighted as having stood firm in the face of the temptation to flee and chosen to shine as bright lights in the impending darkness.
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