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Mission, Purpose & History


advancing quality
& collaboration

ICETE advances quality and collaboration in global theological education to strengthen and accompany the church in its mission.

ICETE is a global community, sponsored by seven regional associations of theological schools, to enable international interaction and collaboration among all those concerned for the enhancement of evangelical theological education worldwide.

ICETE Vision Objectives


Develop, disseminate, mutually validate, harmonize, and inspire quality in theological education, aimed at fostering reciprocal trust among stakeholders, including the church.


Cultivate worldwide relationships, stimulated through gatherings, communications for reflection, interactive dialogue, collaboration, and practice in support of the church’s mission.


Train, consult, and provide resources for those involved in theological education, marked by relevance, accessibility, and collaborative effectiveness.


ICETE’s origins are rooted in the emergence of networks of evangelical theological schools in the majority world during the late 1960s and early 1970s. From among these new associations came a call for some means by which they might be in regular contact and collaboration at the international level. The WEA Theological Commission agreed to sponsor the project, and ICETE was formed in March 1980.

In the years since its founding ICETE has become the established forum for dialogue and cooperation among evangelical theological educators internationally. ICETE has also taken a leading role in fostering renewal and excellence in evangelical theological education globally. ICETE’s membership now covers all major regions of the world. ICETE’s past International Directors were: Paul Bowers (1980-82); Robert Youngblood (1983-88); Roger Kemp (1989-97); Dieumeme Noelliste (2000-06); Paul Sanders (2006-2012), Riad Kassis  (2013-2019).



the enhancement of evangelical theological education worldwide.


as a forum for contact and collaboration among those worldwide involved in evangelical theological education, for mutual assistance, stimulation and enrichment.


networking and support services for regional associations of evangelical theological schools worldwide.


among these bodies the enhancement of their services to evangelical theological education within their regions.

A Roadmap for the Future

The ICETE’s 18th Global Consultation C-22 concluded in Izmir, Turkey after a week-long program focused on exploring practical next steps to collaborate among all forms of theological education worldwide for the sake of the Church, particularly in the area of pastoral training and leadership development.

The Consultation focused on key issues of quality assurance for non-formal training, as well as use of technology for education, spiritual formation and preparing the future for the next generation. These issues along with proposed solutions are helping to shape the future of ICETE and its objectives.

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