Tyndale Seminary's FIRST TEAM

Faithful Intercessor's Regularly Supporting Tyndale - December 2021

Greetings from Tyndale Seminary!

The Advent Season should be a special time in our focus and relationship with Jesus of Nazareth. The busyness and commercial trappings of the season
sometimes contend with our time of reading, refection and worship. We know that that birth of the Christ-child was attended by both angels and natural persons. The angels announced “Glory to God in the highest” (Lk. 2:14), the early shepherds walked away from their encounter with Jesus “glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen” (Lk. 2:20), although some time went by, the wise arrived later to “to worship him” (Mt. 2:2). One of the earliest texts addressing the need to worship God fully is Deuteronomy 6:4. “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.” I have made this my passage for 2022. I look forward to studying the use of these words, soul, might, heart [and mind] in the Bible in order to better grasp how to worship God throughout each day. I hope that each of us takes through prayer and his word how we can all worship Him more fully.

 

Please Pray for Our Students, Faculty and Staff

One year ago, the seminary had recovered from its  major bout with the Covid-19 virus. However, the  school was still conducting classes with social  distancing and other restrictions. This past fall, we  experienced very little disruption to our seminary  despite the continued high number of Covid-19 cases  in the Netherlands. Please pray that our students  finish their exam period well and that they all gain the  needed rest during the two-week Christmas break. In  some cases, students have been separated from their  families for 18 months or more and hope to travel  home. Please pray that all of them receive negative  Covid tests which would allow them to spend the  holidays with family. Please also pray for the faculty  and staff, many of whom will be traveling east and  west to rejoin their overseas families for the  Christmas holiday. Additionally, please pray that the  restrictions would not be altered (as they were last  year), when a limited number of people in the  community did travel.

Thankful to the Lord for a Successful “Joint  Accreditation” Visit 

As we have reported in the past couple of First Team  letters, Tyndale was approved by the Dutch  accrediting body (NVAO) to conduct its first-ever  joint accreditation with an evangelical accrediting  agency, the European Council for Theological  Education (ECTE). The ECTE is the largest  evangelical accrediting agency for Europe and the  Middle East. 

From 21 – 23 November, the six-member joint panel  representing five countries came to the school to  conduct various interviews of students, faculty, staff,  board members, alumni, and program advisory  committee members in order to assess the school. 

  

 These meetings were in addition to the panel’s review  of a significant number of master’s theses, a  comprehensive critical reflection report with exhibits  which responded to various guidelines put forth by  the joint committee.

Late Tuesday morning, 23 November, the panel chair  from Bulgaria announced that the committee would  be recommending to both the secular (Dutch) and  evangelical (ECTE) institutions to reaccredit  Tyndale’s programs for another five years. Join us in  giving thanks to the Lord for his constant guidance  and strength during this process.  

 

The panel’s final report will be submitted to the  accrediting agencies in late winter or early spring.  Please pray for a positive final decision by the two  governing boards of the NVAO and ECTE. Many  faculty, staff, students, alumni and board members  were involved in this successful effort. Special thanks go out to Dr. Jim Dahl who oversaw the academic  side of the proceedings and Mrs. Janice Dahl who  coordinated the administrative work for the  accreditation. 

Transition to a New President 

As I shared in the September letter, I will be stepping  down from serving Tyndale as its president. The  board has been very active since last summer in  preparing for this transition. Several important steps  have already occurred. First, the board appointed a  special search committee of board members to lead  the process of prayerfully finding the next president  of the seminary. Second, the board interviewed and  has engaged an independent search firm to assist in  the hiring of the next president. Third, the search firm  and search committee recently conducted separate  interviews with the Tyndale faculty and staff to gain  their insights and perspectives on the next president  and to answer questions that they may have. It has  been a very open process. Please pray for the efforts  of the board and the search firm and as I work with  leadership remotely into the new year. Please also  pray for that one person who the Lord is preparing to  step into the role of Tyndale’s next president. 

 

Thankfulness for Our Board  

In addition to its work in overseeing the presidential  transition, the board conducted its fifth “all Zoom”  meeting in November. This Zoom format has been  necessitated by travel restrictions during the  pandemic. The board heard brief reports from all the  offices of the seminary and approved the financial  report for the close of the 2020-21 academic year.  Please pray for the board as it continues to guide the  school through the transition period, raises needed  funds for scholarships and capital improvements, and  hopefully meets “in person” in conjunction with  graduation in early June, 2022. 

Pray for the Tyndale Christmas Outreach

The students are planning the annual Christmas  neighborhood outreach for 17 December. At that time,  students and staff will be walking around our village  singing to families and distributing Christian materials. Please pray for our neighbors that they would not only enjoy the caroling that takes place, but  would receive our gifts of the Good News during this season

Africa & Americas Emphasis Week 

In October, we celebrated a special Africa &  Americas Emphasis Week. Students from Africa and  the Americas hosted a chapel service that highlighted  various countries in Africa and the Americas. The  week helped all of us gain greater insight into the  lives of our diverse student body, their homelands,  cultures and families.  

Thank You!

We thank all of our First Team members for their  prayers for the school. We ask that you continue to  pray that the Lord enables many to provide gifts  during this Advent Season. Giving has also been  made much easier through our new website: https://tyndale-europe.edu/give/.  

Save The Date!

Tyndale’s digital event, Global Day will take place April 2, 2022.  Be sure and mark you calendar – you won’t want to miss the exciting news we have to share with you.

Please also note that for those who purchase books and other items via Amazon, you can designate Tyndale to receive a small stipend through AmazonSmile. Their web address is: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/65-0154723