Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) announced a new partnership with the Arabic Nazarene Bible College that will introduce new perspectives and continue a pattern of cross-denominational collaboration.
Arabic Nazarene Bible College operates a semi-formal training program in Lebanon and Jordan training church members. Already, ABTS has a faculty member who belongs to Arabic Nazarene’s faculty. Elie Haddad of ABTS explains that when pursuing partnerships, through faculty or others, the seminary is careful to consider their partner organizations too.
“We do not want to grow ABTS at the expense of others. We didn’t want to draw faculty from [Arabic Nazarene Bible College] to ABTS. We [are looking for] a win-win situation,” he says.
“We approached them, and we’ve had multiple conversations. There was excitement on both sides [for] some kind of collaboration where we can leverage the strengths of each school.”
The key to this partnership is a willingness for those involved to collaborate with people who have slightly different beliefs. Haddad believes this cooperation is coming at a good time.
“This seems to be the right time for our church communities to be thinking beyond denominational lines. I think this is a very good story of success for the church community in Lebanon and Jordan,” he says.
Haddad outlines what this collaboration will look like for ABTS and its students.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Rachel Pfeiffer
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for ABTS’s partnership with Arabic Nazarene Bible College.
- Pray for future cross-denominational collaboration.