Brethren Training Network
The Brethren Training Network was initiated following discussions at the IBCM3 conference in Romania in 2003.
Its purpose is to encourage education and training for leadership and ministry in local churches of Brethren background, and to encourage Bible schools and training courses which serve these churches.
Progress was reviewed at the second Dubuque International Training Consultation in June 2010 and at the IBCM5 conference in June 2011 (report of the IBCM5 discussion), and at a third Training Consultation in Dubuque, Iowa, USA in May 2014.
A steering committee is responsible for developing the BTN. It comprises Russell Thorp (NZ) (Convener), Gunnar Begerau (Germany), Philip Boom (USA), Ian Burness (UK), Mark Davies (UK), Simeon Havyarimana (Burundi), Stephen McQuoid (UK), Luis Mostacero (Peru), Sunny Philip (India), Len Smith (Australia), and Neil Summerton (UK).
The main tool of BTN is a website (www.brethrentraining.org) which aims to provide easy access to written materials and links to course materials and other institutions and websites which are particularly relevant to leadership and ministry in the Brethren movement. BTN also organises special workshops and training sessions at IBCM conferences.
Consultations of representatives of Brethren training institutions
A third international training consultation was held on 27 - 31 May 2014 at Emmaus College, Dubuque, Iowa, USA. For full details see www.brethrentraining.org (See http://www.brethrentraining.org/resources/audio-visual/ for papers and audio material from this consultation.)
Earlier consultations were held in 2005 and 2010. Detailed reports and papers are available on www.brethrentraining.org
2nd International Training Consultation, June 2010
Brethren Information Network
At the IBCM3 conference it was also suggested that a Brethren Information Network should be established. For the time being, the BTN website and the IBCM website are jointly fulfilling this informational role.