About us

President

Christian Andresen serves as president of EBTC

Serving the church by equipping disciples for life is our mission. We focus on two eternal values that will have a lasting impact on this and future generations:

GOD’S WORD: We teach the inerrant, authoritative and all-sufficient Word of God in an expository way. All programs of the EBTC are essentially focused on the Word of God and its application to every day life.

GOD’S PEOPLE: We focus on training God’s people to become all that they need to be, for the work of the ministry in the local church in order to fulfil the great commission

1. What is the EBTC?

The European Bible Training Center (EBTC) is a bi-vocational Bible school. All faculty and staff acknowledge the inerrancy, sufficiency, and authority of Scripture.

We are convinced that the Word of God is a light unto our feet.

2. What is our Mission?

We believe that a thorough exegeses of the Bible and the application thereof are the foundation of all ministry – and necessarily so.  We aim to support churches in equipping their members, especially the men who preach.

Therefore, we focus on diligent exegesis and interpretation, powerful teaching and preaching, and faithful application of the Word of God. Our goal is to train faithful men for the ministry in God’s kingdom according to 2.Tim 2:2.

3. How is the EBTC funded?

Funding is provided by individual supporters, supporting churches, school and conference fees. We try to keep tuition fees as low as possible in order to enable many to study at the EBTC. The actual cost, however, is twice the amount of the course fees. We would be glad if you help us to keep the tuition fees low in the future by supporting us regularly!

We have experienced God’s faithfulness and grace from the beginnings of the EBTC, and we believe that God will continue to use our ministry for His glory. As we need prayer support, we are thankful for all friends and their prayers and further support.

4. What does the class format look like?

Our classes are offered in a combination of on-campus and online coursework to allow students to build their biblical foundation while working a full-time job and stay involved in their church’s ministry. Over the course of ten months, students attend class one weekend per month (Friday through Saturday).

5. What academic programs do we offer? 

The EBTC offers a variety of courses in German. The first year is a Bible Survey Class that is available to both young and old, and men and women. Throughout the class, the students read through the whole Bible and are provided with a comprehensive overview of God’s Word. The course Profitable Bible Study builds on that foundation and is designed for men and women who want to deepen their understanding of the Bible. The students will be equipped to use bible study tools in their personal devotion as well as in small group ministries at church. This program also lays the groundwork for all subsequent courses. Expository Preaching is for men who teach or seek to get involved in the teaching ministry at the church. They will also be prepared for pastoral ministry and leadership roles. The course Biblical Counselling aims to train believers how to disciple others and give sound biblical counsel. Music Ministry is designed to teach believers how to apply biblical principles to the music ministry in their church. The Master of Divinity is an English program for men in ministry who are teaching and preaching.

6. Further Ministries of EBTC

We offer regular seminars and conferences. For example the annual pastors conference (Shepherds’ Conference), seminars on church history, on biblical counselling, on the inerrancy of scripture, as well as seminars on the interpretation of different biblical books. We publish biblical media for learning and growing, such as books or lesson videos, mp3’s, etc.

In 2001 we began with the equivalent of a Master of Divinity, but soon realized, that a more fundamental training was necessary. To teach the students how to read, understand and apply the Word of God to their lives, we launched the Bible Survey and Expository Preaching courses in 2005.

The Bible Survey class lays the foundation for the subsequent courses. Our main emphasis during the following years was to equip preachers; at the same time we began to offer counseling seminars.

In 2010 the time had come to add a separate course on Biblical Counseling to our program. The objective of this course is to understand the Word of God and to apply this truth to specific situations of church members. Our complete confidence in the sufficiency of Scripture saturates every EBTC teaching and ministry.

The EBTC strives to support and work in close partnership with the local church. The set-up of our courses enables staff members, pastors and preachers to be equipped for ministry while continuing in their ministry and job.

Our first employees, Martin Manten and Theo Friesen, gave up career and studies, achieved theological training and got involved in all the aspects of building up the Bible school. As relationships to Switzerland grew, we were able to establish our second campus in Zurich at the premises of the Mitternachtsruf in 2006. In 2011 our third campus in Rhineland, was founded at the Bibelgemeinde Oberberg.  In 2016 we opened our fourth campus in Vienna. In 2017 we began Music Ministry.

The Scripture based, bi-vocational and church related concept of the EBTC has become a model for other training centers. Therefore, we have the privilege to help establish similar schools in Poland, Romania, Czech Republic, Italy and Scandinavia.

We know that the EBTC is the Lord’s work and are infinitely grateful for His abundant blessings. We thank Grace Community Church and The Master’s Academy International (TMAI) for their faithful support over the years.

Through all the expansion and a vastly growing budget, we have experienced God’s provision over and over again. In this way, the Lord has also provided the EBTC with a facility which we were able to purchase and is housing a new church plant, too.

I am pleased to announce the birth of the European Bible Training Center (EBTC), Berlin.

The Training Center is intended to serve the purpose of equipping people for the work of ministry (Eph. 4:11).

It will be church-focused. This means that the men who attend this Training Center are equipped for the exposition of the Scripture and the pastoral ministry. In other words, the men trained at the EBTC are being prepared to strengthen the body of Christ in Germany.

… I can not imagine a more direct and effective way to strengthen the church of Jesus in Germany. I am convinced that you are just as enthusiastic about this Training Center and the opportunities for ministry as I am.

Please pray for the EBTC.

For the Lord,

Yours, John MacArthur

September 2001

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