The ICETE Manifesto

Download the ICETE Manifesto Restatement – 2022

This Manifesto stands on the shoulders of previous generations, their work and reflections, their conversations and formulations. From the patristic period through the Middle Ages to the Reformation and on to the modern university of the Enlightenment and the Bible schools of the revival and missionary movements, the church has sought the study of the Bible and the formation of its teachers and leaders. Foremost, this Manifesto stands in the tradition of the evangelical movement as expressed more recently in the Lausanne Covenant of 1974 and following documents of the Lausanne Movement.

In particular, we see this document as a continuation of the concerns expressed in the ICETE Manifesto on the Renewal of Evangelical Theological Education of 1983, and as further developed in many ICETE conferences and publications over the last 40 years. It is our desire to reaffirm the call for renewal of theological education. More specifically, we take up the developments of the past decades, take into account present opportunities and challenges, and set out a vision and a commitment for theological education that will empower the Church and every Christian to participate in God’s mission. This calling encompasses all spheres of life, and all cultures and contexts of the world.