Evangelical Theological Academy

The Evangelical Theological Academy (Dutch: Evangelische Theologische Academie, ETA) is a Dutch interdenominational institute for evangelical theological education, in Zwijndrecht, Netherlands.[1] The ETA was founded in 1985 by five theologically educated evangelical Christians, who were inspired by the growing demand for theological schooling through part-time or distance education.[citation needed]

OverviewEdit

The ETA training programs includes undergraduate (Bachelor of Theology) and graduate-level theological studies (Master) in the Dutch language. Their information shows 3 different program categories: Part-Time, Distance and Congregational (tailored to the needs of a specific church and/or denomination).[2]

On April 17, 2010 ETA celebrated their 25th anniversary in the town of Putten.[3] The ETA celebrated their anniversary with a symposium about Christian spirituality.[4] The school started with 1 course and is now able to offer 6 different special theological programs. Since September 2009 the ETA is providing training in 2 more cities: Alkmaar and Deventer, bringing the number of cities with an ETA training centre to 5: Zwijndrecht, Steenwijk, Rotterdam, Alkmaar and Deventer.[5]

AccreditationEdit

The school states upfront that the ETA is not accredited in the Netherlands.[6] However, ETA students were able to receive credits under an agreement that was valid until 1 January 2010 when transferring to the Christelijke Hogeschool Ede, a biblically inspired vocational university that has national educational accreditation. Graduates of the ETA have found employment at various churches, schools and institutions.[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.eta.nl
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-03-31. Retrieved 2010-05-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ http://www.christelijknieuws.nl/news/2764/ETA-viert-25-jarig-jubileum
  4. ^ http://www.uitdagingonline.nl/Artikel/508/1026713/ETA-organiseert-symposium-over-christelijke-spiritualiteit.html[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ http://alpha-online.nl/jg4/index.php/home/activiteiten/1712-eta-opent-leslocatie-in-alkmaar-en-deventer[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-05-14. Retrieved 2010-05-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)