As outlined in Criteria and Procedures for ECTE Membership, Regular Membership in the ECTE network is available to all institutions of evangelical theological education operating formally at post-secondary or tertiary level (Associate Membership is also available for non-formal tertiary providers of theological education, individuals or organizations that have a vested interest in theological education).
Being a member of the ECTE network is the first phase in ECTE accreditation (see Criteria and Procedures) and is required of all institutions interested in ECTE of accreditation, hence providing no unfair advantage to any institution. But membership also functions as a stand-alone category for institutions that are not interested in ECTE accreditation services.
Membership provides several potential advantages:
- The requirements for ECTE membership are designed to testify to the quality of institutions within evangelical Europe, both to the supporting constituency and among other theological institutions. ECTE membership thus well represents tangible evidence of the desire to be a part of what God is doing through theological education in Europe.
- Being part of the ECTE network enables confident interchange with fellow institutions that share common values. This interchange can produce lasting friendships among peers and many profitable enterprises.
- As the ECTE engages with the broader context of the European Higher Education Area and international higher education networks (through membership, for example, in the ENQA and INQAAHE), being part of the ECTE network allows institutions to remain abreast of current developments, standards and trends.
- Mission boards, denominations and service groups welcome an evangelical seal of quality, especially in the case of institutions that operate under government or secular university accreditation. If necessary, the ECTE will provide recommendation of its members to foundations.
- The network is committed to assist in launching and managing networking projects of any member institution and in giving them publicity both on the ECTE website and in the ECTE magazine.
- Member institutions will be included in the list of member institutions on the ECTE website and can claim ECTE membership on their publications.
- All institutions will receive updated information regarding service benefits, projects, seminars, library grants, and all of the ECTE’s publications. Members will also have priority in being invited to participate in reserved events, seminars, consultations and projects.
- Through the ICETE, member institutions will have access to a worldwide network of over 1200 theological institutions. The ECTE is one of the nine agencies that comprise the ICETE, through which institutions become members of a global network of over 1200 institutions, organisations, denominations and agencies (see icete.info).
- Member institutions may also benefit from orientation visits to investigate ECTE accreditation and access to quality assurance services for institution programmes.
- ECTE members also benefit from financial assistance in educational modules offered through the ICETE Academy (see https://icete.academy).
Through membership, the ECTE seeks to create an institutional network that groups academic units together for multiple purposes and that promotes projects that deal with multiple aspects and persons involved in theological education.
Regular membership criteria
The fundamental criteria for Regular Membership in the ECTE are:
- The applicant is an institution of evangelical theological education operating formally at tertiary level;
- The applicant adheres to the ECTE Core Values (see Appendix A);
- The applicant is recognised as an evangelical organisation;
- The applicant agrees to pay regular ECTE membership fees
Regular membership procedures
The following steps lead to achieving regular Membership in the ECTE:
- Submission of a Membership Application to the ECTE General Secretary specifying the intent to be accredited and provision of the required documentation (see http://ecte.eu/network/manual-policies-and-forms/);
- The ECTE Council (meeting twice a year in spring and autumn) deliberates on applications;
- The ECTE General Secretary notifies the applicant either of membership approval or of further steps that need to be taken;
- The ECTE Treasurer invoices the yearly membership fees.
- Member institutions may include the statement “Member of the European Council for Theological Education (ECTE)” or equivalent expression in their publications and use the ECTE logo. Care must be taken by the institution to make it clear that their membership in the ECTE does not equate accreditation of their institution nor of their programmes.
The ECTE reserves the right to refuse or revoke membership of institutions that do not comply with its Core Values. Appeals may be made following the ECTE Appeals Policy.
All documents and forms are to be sent digitally, in English, by email to the ECTE addresses that are provided (Translation provisions can be discussed for institutions whose main language of delivery is not English). Official communication from the ECTE will also occur by email. It is the responsibility of the institution to inform the ECTE of the email addresses that will be used in the accreditation process.
- Membership Application form (used for membership application);
- Introducing the ECTE (document describing membership rights and advantages, statutes and bylaws, ECTE core values);
- The institution: submits the Membership Applicationform and the required documentation; subscribes to ECTE core values; pays membership fees.
- The ECTE General Secretary (GS): receives the Membership Application form and presents it to the ECTE Council; notifies institution of application outcome; in case of positive outcome, provides institution with logo and includes institution in the ECTE directory; in case of negative outcome, provides further guidance and receives appeals.
- The ECTE Council: makes decisions on membership.
- The ECTE Treasurer: invoices member schools yearly.
See section 2 of Criteria and Procedures for ECTE Membership for criteria and procedures of associate members.
For a general introduction to the ECTE see Introducing the ECTE.