New International Seminary Being Formed

Bishop Gerhard Mayer, REC of germany

Bishop Gerhard Meyer, REC of Germany

In late October of 2008, a group of priests and bishops from several lands met to discuss the formation of an International Theological Seminary for External Studies which could serve students on three continents, Europe (Germany and U.K.), Africa (Tanzania) and America.  This meeting was held in conjunction with the General Council of the Reformed Episcopal Church in Victoria, British Columbia, in Canada.

The initial group included the chairman of the group, The Ven. Dr. Douglas B. Mills, Archdeacon, Missionary Diocese of the Central States, Dean, External Studies Program, Bishop Gerhard Meyer of the Reformed Episcopal Church in Germany, Bishop John Fenwick of the Free Church in England, Rev Fr Steven Rutt of Andrewes Hall/Cramner Theological House, and Rev Fr  Francis Wardega, Canon Missioner to Africa for the Missionary Society of St John.

Initial discussions focused on a desire to improve certified education for clergy and catechist/church teachers in places where such education is hard to get.  The goal is to carry out better the part of the Great Commission that directs us:

Matthew 28:18-20.   “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the world. Amen.”

The focus of the group is on: “teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”

The group would work together to provide an Anglican extension seminary that could provide accreditation, leadership, coordination, curriculum, and assistance to already existing schools in Germany, England and Tanzania, to start.

First steps include examining existing curricula from the component institutions, analyzing needs, and the proposal of a common core curriculum for examination by component institutions.

The basic plan being discussed:

Certified instructors in each land would carry out the course instruction.  The same instructors would also administer examinations and grading.  Student data, course work, and grades would be recorded at the seminary offices in America, where appropriate diplomas would be issued from the parent seminary.

Having the diplomas come from an accredited seminary would offer more universal value to the graduate.  As appropriate, both bachelors and masters degrees would be granted.

There was a sense of excitement at the meeting as we shared reports on the schools we represented and realized the potential for improving how we will do Gospel work in the future because of these efforts.

We pray for the guidance of the Lord and His blessing.

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