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, see below).
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 in the ECTE is also the first phase in the ECTE accreditation procedures.
Criteria and procedures to become a regular ECTE member are outlined below.
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
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 by the institution for membership application);
- Introducing the ECTE (document describing membership rights and advantages, statutes and bylaws, ECTE core values);
- The institution: submits the Membership Application form 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.