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.
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.
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.