All ECTE accredited schools and member schools subscribe to the following core values and are prepared to provide evidence. Given the importance of these core values to theological education, schools that apply for membership are strongly advised to involve all the school’s leadership, staff and faculty in subscribing to them. A copy of these values may also be given to each student at the time of enrolment.
Since membership is a necessary step for accreditation, adherence to these core values is also a requisite for programme accreditation with the ECTE.
ECTE core values are undergoing a revision for 2023.
1. Faithful to doctrine
- The school’s doctrine is evangelical and Scripture based.
- The programme has a robust component of Biblical studies.
2. Trusted by the church
- The school is in good standing with the evangelical community and networks with evangelical churches and organizations.
- The school is attentive to the needs and expectations of the community it serves.
- The school works in partnership with the churches in the training of students.
3. Excellent in academics
- The school aims at providing educational means that are fit for purpose.
- The school encourages students and faculty to achieve their intellectual potential.
- The school trains students to be on-going learners.
4. Operating as community
- The school functions as a culturally appropriate learning community.
- The school’s community is seen as a place where spiritual formation, character and service skills are developed.
- The school models cooperation by networking with other theological schools.
5. Integrated in approach
- The school’s programmes integrate and balance academic quality, spiritual and personal formation and ministry effectiveness.
- The school has a variety of learning activities that are fit to achieve varying outcomes.
- This balanced approach is modelled in faculty and staff.
6. Aimed at service
- The school actively models and promotes servant leadership.
- The school’s programme aims at training graduates who will be able to serve in changing contexts.
- The school’s programme should aim at fitness for purpose, and generally should include evaluated ministry experience.
- The schools offers vocational and ministerial guidance to its students and graduates.
7. Focused on outcomes
- The activities of the school are inspired by the intended outcomes in the lives of its alumni and the kingdom.
- The school has a carefully formulated mission statement and strategic plan.
8. Evaluated with integrity
- The school has procedures for internal quality assurance.
- The school continuously reviews its objectives, programmes, and entire operation.
- The school is accurate, transparent and truthful in its public face.
- The school’s leadership, staff and faculty are accountable.
9. Governed with competency
- The school has a clear legal operation, unambiguous governance structures and joint decision making procedures
- The school’s governing body is free from conflict of interest.
10. Managed efficiently
- The school is run by an efficient administration.
- The school’s staff and faculty are sufficient in number and suitably qualified.
- The school’s staff and faculty are provided with adequate working conditions.
- The school makes provision for on-going training of its staff and faculty.
- The school is transparent, accountable and viable in its financial dealings.
11. Effective within context
- The school’s learning activities, objectives and structure exist in response to its specific context and the needs of its stakeholders.
- The school’s programme is culturally relevant and appropriately staffed by nationals.
- The school fosters a Christian mind and world view that can apply theological knowledge to context.