Middle East Consultation 2017 Application Form
June 19 - 23, 2017 - Beirut, Lebanon
We live in disorienting times. This is a reality for the church in many parts of the world today, not least the church of the Middle East. Many factors, historical and social, have reduced the church to the status of minority, in which persecution and hopelessness have become a reality for many. How must our theology inform our response?

During IMES’ Middle East Consultation (MEC) 2017 – The Church in Disorienting Times: Leading Prophetically through Adversity, participants will seek to discern a biblical framework that avoids both self-victimization and triumphalism and encourages the church to prophetically embrace adversity in a way that activates growth and development rather than discouragement and stagnation.

MEC 2017 provides a unique context for the MENA and global church to address a range of critical issues, focusing on the themes of persecution and suffering, minoritization, hopelessness and despair, and emigration. Together we will explore how the Body of Christ can best respond to such challenges, exploring Biblical and theological responses when confronted with adversity.

The Institute of Middle East Studies
The mandate of the Institute of Middle East Studies (IMES) is to bring about positive transformation in thinking and practice between Christians and Muslims in the Middle East and beyond. IMES is responding to the increasingly urgent need to dispel mutually-false perceptions between peoples of different religions and cultures which eventually result in inadequate practice in social, religious, political, and personal spheres.

As a research and resource institute of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary located in Beirut, Lebanon, IMES has a significant niche within the Protestant community globally. While focusing on creating awareness and understanding between Muslims and Christians in the Arab World and beyond, IMES remains committed to upholding a vibrant witness to Christ.

In pursuit of its mandate, IMES prioritizes Education, Peacebuilding, and Advocacy.

IMES hosts its Middle East Consultation each year during the third week of June (19 - 23 June 2017). The purpose of the Middle East Consultation (MEC) is to equip participants to respond in prophetic and Christ-like ways to the many challenges facing Christians and Muslims in and beyond the Middle East.

Arab Baptist Theological Seminary
The Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) exists to serve the church as the church serves the world. The world around us is changing very rapidly. What God is doing in our region, despite the conflicts and the calamities, is unprecedented. If the church wants to remain relevant to its context and maintain a vibrant witness then the church needs to revise its approaches and methods and adjust its language and discourse. To achieve this, the church needs well-shaped leaders who have a heart filled with love for God and His mission, a critical mind, and sophisticated skills.

Essentially, the church needs leaders who are able to read and understand the signs of the times and are able to mobilize their church communities to respond in creative and relevant ways.

The vision of ABTS is to see God glorified, people reconciled, and communities restored through the Church in the Arab world.

Our mission is to serve the church in our region as it realizes its Biblical mission of having Christ acknowledged as Lord by offering specialized learning resources and equipping faithful men and women for effective service.

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