The activities of the ECTE fall into three main areas. Please visit the appropriate section for each:
- Networking (these activities do not fall within the scope of the European Standards and Guidelines)
- Development (these activities do not fall within the scope of the European Standards and Guidelines)
- Quality Assurance (these include Institutional and Programme Accreditation and fall within the scope of the European Standards and Guidelines)
For a general introduction to the ECTE’s identity, activities and organisations see Introducing the ECTE.
The scope of ECTE’s networking activities is to connect institutions of evangelical theology and theological educators within the European and Middle Eastern regions with each other and with the broader global network of theological education (mainly through the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education). ECTE networking also includes the cultivation of meaningful connections and, where possible collaboration, with other networks of higher education, quality assurance agencies, HEIs and service providers in Europe and globally.
The scope of ECTE’s development activities is to enhance the reflection and professional practice, with a primary focus on the practical and theoretical aspects related to the discipline of theological education. ECTE’s developmental activities of encouraging training and conducting research are not related to the discipline of theology, per se, but the educational theories and practices related to theological education. The ECTE’s main conversation partner in training activities is the ICETE Academy.
The scope of ECTE’s quality assurance activities includes tertiary institutions in Europe and the Middle East that deliver formal higher education programmes in the discipline of theology. The ECTE performs quality assurance at EQF levels 5,6 and 7 but currently not at level 8.
In terms of the daily work of the ECTE, the activities outlined above translate into the following tasks (the list below is illustrative and not comprehensive):
- Membership expansion
- Communication with members by email, website, news blog, WhatsApp group
- Organisation of networking events, mainly the bi-annual General Assembly
- Information sharing on global items of interest and innovation in the sector
- Project management and fundraising for service initiatives
- Communication with international HEIs and other accrediting bodies on recognition issues
- Participation in the global board of the ICETE and membership in the INQAAHE
- Participation in higher education networks in Europe (ENQA affiliate)
- Production and sharing of research and trends in journals, thematic analysis, scholarship.
- Ongoing research into developments in the EHEA and the professional sector of global theological education
- Corporate training during the bi-annual General Assembly
- Partnership with the ICETE Academy, sponsorship of fellowship schemes and encouragement to institutions to pursue training for educational and non-educational staff
- Development of standards and guidelines for quality in theological education
- Development of procedures and criteria and response to change with appropriate procedures
- Training of peer experts (VETs)
- Organisation of site visits
- Production and publication of review reports
- Accreditation decisions and publication
- Bi-annual Council meetings and staff meetings as necessary
- Maintenance of database and institutional quality assurance records