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NBS to host International Conference

Northwest Baptist Seminary to host inaugural International Conference on Competency-Based Theological Education

Vancouver, British Columbia

Northwest Baptist Seminary is pleased to announce that we will be hosting CBTE 2018, the first annual International Conference on Competency-Based Theological Education on November 5-6, 2018 at the Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Context-Based Theological Education (CBTE) is an educational philosophy that designs theological degrees around prescribed competencies (skills, knowledge, abilities, and attitudes). Instead of being given a list of courses that must be passed in order to graduate, students in competency-based programs receive a résumé of competencies that must be mastered before earning their credential or degree.

This inaugural conference is intended for both organizations that are beginning to explore the concept of CBTE as well as those who are further along in the path of development. Plenary sessions will feature Dr. Kent Anderson (President, Northwest Baptist Seminary), Ms. Charla Long (President, Go Long Consulting and Executive Director, Competency-Based Education Network) and Dr. Stephen Graham (Senior Director of Programs and Services at the Association of Theological Schools.

CBTE 2018 is for leaders of ministry networks, churches and school administration and faculty with workshop tracks facilitating leaders who are:

  • Curious about the CBTE movement in North America and worldwide
  • Considering development or adoption of a CBTE program in their school or ministry setting
  • Planning implementation of a CBTE program and want to learn from those who’ve already done it
  • Already running a CBTE program and want to share learnings & challenges, or collaborate with others on continuous improvement

The first conference of its kind, CBTE 2018 brings the future of theological education to life, putting you at the forefront of what’s happening today in competency-based theological education (CBTE).

At CBTE 2018 you’ll gain the knowledge and insight you need to put the evolving landscape of competency-based learning into the context of your own organization, for today and tomorrow. Embark on a journey with peers and education leaders from across North America, to explore the trends, tools, and techniques that are influencing the future of theological education.

For more information or to register, please visit

Integrative Preaching – Dr. Kent Anderson

For many years, Dr. Anderson has been developing his Integrative preaching model and has been using it to teach homiletics to his students at ACTS and Northwest Baptist Seminary. Now that model forms the basis of Dr. Anderson’s fourth book, Integrative Preaching.

Integrative Preaching offers a compelling conceptual model of biblical preaching that helps preachers better understand what they are doing when they step into the pulpit. Kenton Anderson, an experienced preacher and professor, explicates the integrative preaching model he has been honing for a lifetime. His fresh, holistic approach aims at whole-person transformation and is well suited for contemporary listeners. The book includes theoretical underpinnings and practical guidance to both instruct students and motivate working preachers. Sample sermons show how the model unfolds in actual sermons.

For more information please visit Baker Publishing Group or Dr. Anderson’s website,

What people are saying about Integrative Preaching:

“Integration is all about bringing things together. In his book Integrative Preaching, Kent Anderson brings together fascinating insights, drawn from years of experience as a preacher and teacher, in crafting a sermon model that is both cross-centered and transformative in nature. This is a book that will be of value to both novice preachers and veteran communicators.”

Michael Duduit, executive editor, Preaching magazine; dean, Clamp Divinity School, Anderson University

“Anderson has found the right balance between proclamation that is bold and proclamation that is appropriately humble. The world lacks both, and in his person as well as his homiletical theory, Anderson models for us a manner of proclamation that is ripe for our current age. The wisdom contained in these pages will not only strengthen those of us who preach, but more importantly make the message of the One we proclaim more accessible and livable.”

Javier A. Viera, dean and professor of pastoral theology, Drew University Theological School

“Kent Anderson reminds preachers of an intentional cross-shaped approach to understanding and implementing integrative preaching–and application. God the Preacher speaks through us as we communicate his Word to others, and Anderson widens the lens of sermon preparation for us, enabling preachers to take in a richer appreciation for this important task.”

Scott M. Gibson, Haddon W. Robinson Professor of Preaching and Ministry, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

“Too many books on preaching force us to choose between unhelpful binaries: head or heart, reason or imagination, theory or practice, divine or human agency. Not so with Integrative Preaching.Kenton Anderson sets us free from these homiletical entrapments. This book informs and inspires. It is theoretical and practical. It presses preachers to engage the mind and touch the heart. It challenges us to grow in the task of preaching and to rest in the divine assurance that God is the real Preacher who promises to be with us as we preach.”

Jared E. Alcántara, associate professor of homiletics, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; author of Learning from a Legend: What Gardner C. Taylor Can Teach Us about Preaching

“In this new resource for preaching, Kent Anderson speaks to those of us who want to give the best of Holy Scripture–and of movemental change now–to our congregations. We are reminded that our learning outcome is formation and true discipleship–preaching is one important means and not the end. Let us all pray for the impact of this powerful new book!”

Graham Singh, executive director, Church Planting Canada; rector, St. Jax Montreal

“Integration brings wholeness to fragmented parts. That’s what Kent Anderson’s new book does for preaching. Most importantly, he connects preaching to God’s great purposes: “God is at work. There is a trajectory to history. The world and all that is within is moving toward God’s eternal purpose. That purpose has culminated in the cross. When we preach, we embrace that purpose. Our proclamation places us within the flow of movement God has propelled.” If that were the only uplifting and renewing truth, it would make this book worthwhile. But he thoughtfully connects each of the multiple parts of sermon preparation and delivery to this ultimate goal. The result is a hope-filled and energizing tutorial for all who seek to refresh and renew their calling to preach more effectively.”