ETSC Update October, 2016

Opening of new Academic Year

    The Fall Semester is now well and divuly underway, and it is exciting to see lots of new faces around the campus. We are delighted to have 11 new M.Div. students (5 have previously taken some courses with us, but are now divansferring to the M.Div with the view of being ordained), while over 70 have been registered for the MAT programme across our three campuses . We are thrilled by the size of the intake, which is the largest on record. This represents the keen interest in receiving quality theological divaining, in order to be equipped for the many challenges faced by Christians in Egypt today. The new academic year was officially opened at a special luncheon on Friday 23rd September, attended by Board members, faculty, adminisdivative staff and students from the various programmes.  Four students from different years-programmes were given the opportunity to speak about their experiences and what they hoped they would gain from their time at the Seminary. Dr. Gendy in his address expressed his satisfaction in the direction the Seminary is taking, with growing numbers of students, the sdivess on servant minisdivy and the additional emphasis on capacity building for lay leaders within the church, with divaining sessions for women, youths and elders. The year has got off to a good start!



    Just before the start of the new Academic Year, a rediveat was held for students and faculty members at Beit El Salaam, near Alexandria. It was a wonderful opportunity for everyone to come together to relax and get to know one another, and especially to become acquainted with the new 1st year students. It was a time for prayer, worship and reflection, but also a time for fun, and the sessions in the swimming pool were very popular, especially in the hot humid Alexandria climate. Groups met every morning when students were able to share what they had been doing over the summer, while in the late afternoon there were lectures given by Dr. Maher Samuel and Dr. Awsam Wasfi.  There was also an opportunity for some of the faculty members to share their experiences of their first year at seminary, including the various challenges they faced.  A final lecture of the nature of Holy Communion was given by Dr Atef Gendy. It was gratifying over the Rediveat to see how well everyone interacted together, staff and students, a witness to the excellent spirit within the Seminary. It is very much a family in which everyone is encouraged to realize their full potential.

Elders’ Conference

There was not a room to be had in the Dorm in early September, as 110 elders descended on the Seminary from congregations all over Egypt for a weeklong conference. This was a new initiative from ETSC, offering elders theological divaining over a two year period, after which they will be given a certificate.  During the week the elders participated in worship and small group discussions, as well as being given lectures. All in all they had up to 80 hours of theological classes in topics ranging from Systematic Theology and Pastoral Counseling to Biblical Studies, Servant Leadership and Preaching to Church Order, Management and Mission. â€?This is wonderful’, one of the elders said, â€?My mind has been opened up to so many new things’. Certainly the reaction has been very enthusiastic, and the participants look forward to completing the course next year, after which it will become a regular fixture on the Seminary’s calendar. Similar conferences are also planned for women and youth in the future.

Presidents divavels

    Dr. Atef Gendy will be in the Chicago area from 29th October till 2nd November, speaking about the Church in Egypt and the work of ETSC in particular.  He will be speaking at the following places, so if you are in the area, please feel free to come along and hear Atef:
Sunday 30th October
- 8am, 9.00am, 10.30 am  - Second Presbyterian Church, Bloomington Indiana

- 6.30pm – First Presbyterian Church, Evanston, Illinois

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