Evangelical Theological Society of Croatia Founded
In June, the first meeting of the founding assembly of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETD) of Croatia was held at our facility in Zagreb. This meeting was attended by representatives of the Zagreb Bible Institute and the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Osijek. The purpose of this society is to conduct research and apply biblical, evangelical teaching. The initiative to establish the society came from our own Kairos – Evangelical Theological Journal
. Our faculty have also been involved in this effort. The continuation of this meeting was held in September. At that meeting, the society was officially founded, the statutes adopted, and guidelines were set for its further work.
Special Seminars Held – Marriage, Peacemaking, Church Leadership
In June, The Institute, along with the Kušlanova Church of Christ, hosted Justin Gerhardt
(pulpit minister for the Round Rock Church of Christ, in Round Rock, Texas) and his wife Jennifer, for three separate, well-attended public seminars. The topics of the seminars were:
- Partners: God’s Vision for Marriage
- Peacemaking: Resolving Conflicts Between Christians
- Vision-centric Church Leadership: Making Sure You’re Doing the Most Important Thing
Public Lectures – Gospel of John
In July, the Institute hosted American scholar, Stan Harstine, from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, for two public lectures on the Gospel of John. Held in conjunction with these lectures was a scholarly panel on the topic, The Spirit of God and New Birth in the Gospel of John. Involved in this panel, along with Dr. Harstine, were our own professor Dr. Danijel Berković, president Dr. Perry Stepp, and guest professors, Dr. Ksenija Magda, and Dr. Greg Thellman.
Champs Camp VIII
In June, we marked the eighth year of our Champs Camp, a day camp for elementary school aged children. This camp is held at both our building, and at the large park at Jarun Lake. This summer we served around 100 children and their families over two weeks of the camp. As usual, the children enjoyed a lot of fun through Bible lessons, crafts, games, skits, and lots of singing. We again had a great group of volunteers from the Southside Church of Christ in Lexington, Kentucky. We also had about 20 Croatian teenagers who helped with the camps. These teens were all campers themselves in years past.