Annual IABCS Meeting April 10, 2017
The International Association of Bible Colleges and Seminaries impact continues to grow. One of the characteristics of a healthy
accreditation organization is the enthusiastic attendance of the members at the annual conference. In 2016, fourteen key leaders met in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2017, twenty-five leaders, including presidents, provosts, board members and others were in attendance.
After prayer, President Dr Randel S. Langley began the meeting by giving an overview of the history of IABCS. He invited everyone present to share information about their school and why they believe that Quality Religious Accreditation was right for them. Langley set the stage for an enthusiastic meeting where sincere and open dialogue happened.
There were several highlights of April 10, 2017.
International Association of Bible Colleges and Seminaries Impact – Service Project
This year IABCS will be supporting Message Ministries in their service of the Peru disaster relief. This year the rain that came to Peru was the worst they have seen in a long time. Over 120,000 people are homeless and necessities are needed. This ministry is strategically positioned to bring needed aid. IABCS is pleased to support this with a 10% tithe of our 2016 income. Check out this opportunity
International Association of Bible Colleges and Seminaries Impact – New Website
A new website was developed. The website was updated for branding clarity. The new website was launched late last year. The new website features our new brand of non-governmental high-quality religious accreditation. The website was updated to include news and feature stories. Much appreciation was given to Wally De Le Fuente of a Christian Leaders Institute, and Dr Virgina Cornett of Christian Life Educators Network for their dedicated work to get the website ready for republishing.
International Association of Bible Colleges and Seminaries Impact – Review Of Academic Standards
The standards for academic credibility for the organization were discussed extensively. First, there was a review of the existing standards. President Dr Langley was tasked with updating those guidelines and then publishing them on the website.
The meeting included fruitful discussion, fellowship and prayer. Dr George Siemer of Faith Theological Seminary and Christian College, a member since 1990, said, “We developed a vision based on relationships to move into the future to provide an accountable standard for High-Quality Christian education unlike what we have been involved in previous years. I feel that IABCS has broken through to the true focus of fulfilling its original purpose. We have crossed the line into a new reality!”
Next year’s meeting will be on April 16, 2018, in Atlanta, Georgia.