SBS Consultation in May, 2006
Hurlach, Germany was the site of the 2006 SBS worldwide consultation where 18 School Leaders and their staff, 45 in all, gathered for three days to discuss the big picture of SBS and relevant topics. This represented thirty-five percent of our schools.
The high point for Judy and for me was to commission out eight new school leaders to start schools all over the world. The new schools include: Egypt [Cairo], Hungary, Albania, Mexico, Hindi Speaking India, Philippines, 2nd school in Kona and Israel and a new NT Greek course in Lonovala, India. This will bring us to just about 50 schools worldwide within the next 12-18 months.
During the first day introductions, we found that we had a total of 431 years of assembled SBS experience present. We finished that day with Dr. Dan Lewis sharing on Six Current Trends in Biblical Studies. These six trends involve: OT History, Jesus Studies, Pauline Studies, Redemptive Hermeneutics, Open Theism, Post Modernism . . . [You can hear this on MP3 on this web site.]
On the second day, Judy and I shared our thoughts on what we consider important in the SBS. I spoke about blogging and also about the SBS website. Judy spoke about the importance of charting books versus using alternative assignments. That evening we spent time praying for each other’s ministries.
Day three, Jennifer Cuthbertson shared ideas on the Inductive Method as well as study ideas for SBS staff members. She recommended three books, How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler, Methodical Bible Study by Robert Traina, and Effective Bible Study Methods by Howard Vos.
We all felt this consultation was beneficial with, I think, everyone leaving encouraged. Phil Leage facilitated this one and we must thank him for his work. We hope to plan another one which will include all 50 schools. There will be announcements on this website and by email. We can also Skype each other and have a regional conference or two before the next worldwide consultation.
We also want to give a special thank you to the SBS staff at Hurlach, the SBS students at Hurlach and the logistical base staff at Hurlach. You did a wonderful job, thanks so much!