Northwest Baptist Seminary to host inaugural International Conference on Competency-Based Theological Education

Vancouver, British Columbia
Northwest Baptist Seminary is pleased to announce it will host CBTE 2018, the first annual International Conference on Competency-Based Theological Education, on November 5-6, 2018 at the Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Context-Based Theological Education (CBTE) is an educational model that bases theological degrees on the achievement of prescribed competencies (skills, knowledge, abilities, and attitudes). Instead passing a list of classes to earn a degree or credential, students in competency-based programs demonstrate mastery of carefully defined competencies. Mastery is demonstrated in the context of the student’s ministry or work environment, and assessed by academic and practitioner mentors according to a sophisticated set of rubrics.

The first conference of its kind, CBTE 2018 brings the future of theological education to life, putting seminary, college, church, and ministry leaders at the forefront of what is happening today in competency-based theological education (CBTE). In addition to plenary sessions featuring Dr. Kent Anderson (President, Northwest Baptist Seminary), Dr. Charla Long (President, Go Long Consulting and Executive Director, Competency-Based Education Network) and Dr. Stephen Graham (Senior Director of Programs and Services, Association of Theological Schools), conference attendees can choose from three tracks of breakout sessions tailored to organizations at different stages of engagement with CBTE.

  1. Discover: For those considering development or adoption of a CBTE program in their school or ministry
  2. Develop: For those ready to start planning or implementing a CBTE program
  3. Enhance: For those already running CBTE programs, to share learnings & challenges and collaborate on continuous improvement

CBTE 2018 attendees will gain knowledge and insight needed to put the evolving landscape of competency-based learning into the context of their own organizations, and embark on a journey with peers and education leaders across North America to explore trends, tools, and techniques influencing the future of theological education.

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