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Consultation on Competency-based Theological Education and Micro-credentials

Consultation goals

Two notable innovations are emerging in the global landscape of education.  Competency-based education is an educational philosophy that places the certification of competences at the core of the educational process. Micro-credentialing is an approach to educational certification that breaks down the traditional ‘degrees’ into smaller, stackable units. Both of these innovations have considerable potential for impact in all sectors and levels of Christian training as well as for the deployment of trainees.

The ICETE is inviting key stakeholders and leaders from church and para-church networks, global networks, formal and non-formal providers of theological training and accreditation agencies and to come together to discuss how competency-based theological education (CBTE) and micro-credentials (MC), might contribute to the future of Christian training and to bridging the formal/non-formal gap in theological training.

The consultation will also be a special opportunity to network and share in strategic thinking with top global leaders in church, para-church, educational trainers, theological schools and accreditors.


This will be a consultative event, featuring mostly focus group sessions and a problem-based learning approach.

The first full day will be focused on CBTE  (what it is, what problems is addresses, how is might be relevant to stakeholders, your context and organisation, and  how it might bridge the formal/non formal gaps in theological education). The second day will give a similar focus to micro-credentials.   On the final day, we will think together about possible strategic initiatives and possible new partnerships to take back to our contexts.


This is a small, invitation only strategic consultation for about 80 leaders from Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the MENA region and North America. The following organisations are currently being invited:

Alexandria School of Theology, All Africa Theological Education by Extension Association, Alpha Intl, Anglican Church of Egypt, ASCENT network, Asia Evangelical Alliance, Asia Theological Association (ATA), Asian Theological Seminary, Association for Christian Theological Education in Africa, Association of Evangelicals in Africa, Association of Related Churches (CEO), Association of Biblical Higher Education, Association of Theological Schools (ATS), Baptist Convention Africa, Bible-Centered Ministries International (BCM), Calvin Theological Seminary, Campus Crusade Int. (CRU), Caribbean Evangelical Theological Association (CETA), Competency Based Education network (CBE), Dallas Theological Seminary, EAST – International Leadership Consortium, East-West Ministries Intl, Entrust, European Council for Theological Education (ECTE), European Evangelical Alliance (EEA), Evangelical Alliance of the Caribbean, Generalsekretär der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Missionarische Dienste, Global Filipino Network, Global Leadership Network, Greater Europe Mission (GEM), Harvesters Ministries, ILU Kenya, International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES), Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary, Kairos University, Lausanne Movement, Local Leaders, London School of Theology, Middle East Baptist Seminary, Middle East-North Africa Association for Theological Education (MENATE), Navigators, Northwest Baptist Seminary, Operation Agape India (GAAMT), Operation Mobilization (OM), Overseas Council, Pioneers, RE-Forma, Revive, RREACH (Topic), Send Intl, South Africa Theological Seminary, TEAM, UNILID, United World Mission – Our Daily Bread University, WITH International Community, World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), Youth with a Mission – University of Nations (YWAM),


The registration form will be sent to confirmed invitees.

Logistics and programme

The venue for our meetings will be in the SS Maria Bambina convent (Via San Paolo VI, 21), with a fantastic view over St. Peter’s square. The convent features the equivalent of a 3-star hotel accommodation with ensuite facilities and free WiFi.

Accommodation in the convent is limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Should the convent be full or if you are travelling with your spouse and like to secure your own accommodation in a hotel, please feel free to do so but ensure you indicate this on the registration form.  There are many hotels in the area of St Peter’s square and the Vatican that you can book through your own operator.   It is advisable to find your accommodation within walking distance of the consultation venue which is Via Paolo VI, 21 – Rome.

If you are not sleeping in the convent,  you can still have your noon meal there but will need to reserve it at reception in the morning and pay individually for each meal.  Evening meals will be organised in downtown Rome restaurants and you will need to pay for these separately (see below). On Wednesday evening 15 February, we will organise a longer walking tour of downtown Rome by night.

More logistics and detailed programme to follow on this page.

For more information, please contact Dr. Marvin Oxenham.