European Journal of Theology (EJT): Change of publisher – action required
Those of you who subscribe to the European Journal of Theology (EJT) should have received a message from AlphaGraphics, the current publisher of EJT, that they have decided to stop printing it. The reason for their decision is not that the Journal is not viable, but that they want to focus on their core activity (printing) without investing in new software for administration. At our request, they are handing the publication of EJT to Amsterdam University Press (AUP).
The decision by AlphaGraphics to stop publication will take effect after April 2020. You will thus receive issue 29.1 (April 2020) from AlphaGraphics. Yet you will already have paid for all of the year 2020 (and maybe for subsequent years as well). AlphaGraphics is willing to arrange a refund of these subscription fees. To arrange such refund, please contact them:
FEET has decided to entrust the publication of EJT after April 2020 to AUP who will be publishing issue 29.2 (October 2020) and beyond. We are expecting a very fruitful cooperation with this professional publisher.
AlphaGraphics will not have given your details to AUP unless you gave them permission to do so. FEET does not have all subscribers’ data either. Therefore we and AUP are depending on you to act in order to transfer your subscription. If you want to continue to receive EJT, please contact AUP at [email protected]
A third option is that you respond to the communication from AlphaGraphics, giving them consent to pass your details to AUP. In any case, in order to continue receiving EJT, please take action.
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The European Journal of Theology (EJT, founded in 1992) is a scholarly evangelical journal, exploring the Gospel in response to the rapid transformations in post-Christian Europe. EJT is published by the Fellowship of European Evangelical Theologians, whose aim is the innovation of Christianity in Europe through the promotion and encouragement of the study of evangelical theology. EJT is offered as a service to the evangelical theological community.
All articles offered to EJT are double-blind peer-reviewed and each issue contains numerous book reviews. The intended readers are teachers in theological schools, other theologians, ministers and students.
William Henry Simcox’s Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools on Revelation is the last of the series I have been able to find in the library of Spurgeon’s College. As you will see from the full list here, I am still working on 3 volumes, all kindly provided by the Library at Sarum College, Salisbury.
Continuing my occasional series of interviews with faculty members of Bible Colleges and Seminaries around the Globe, today I am speaking with Dr David Hilborn.
1) Please introduce yourself and your role at Moorlands College.
Converted at 15 and from a non-Christian home, I was nurtured in a United Reformed Church in north Kent. At university in Nottingham I sensed a call to leadership and tested that in youth work in south London and on mission in north Africa. Ordination training in Oxford, three church ministries and a PhD later, I was asked to develop the theological work of the Evangelical Alliance UK, working there as Head of Theology for nine years and publishing several books. I joined the Church of England in 2002 and started full-time work as a theological educator in that context, first helping to set up St Mellitus College, then leading St John’s College, Nottingham, serving on the CofE’s Faith and Order Commission and pioneering Anglican-Pentecostal dialogue. In late 2018 I was appointed Principal of Moorlands College and have been here for just over year now.
As Principal I lead and oversee the day-to-day the work of Moorlands and am chiefly responsible for developing its vision and mission. In that capacity I work closely with an excellent Senior Management Team and wonderfully dedicated staff.
2) Tell us a little about Moorlands College
Moorlands’ vision is to equip people, passionate about Jesus Christ, to impact the church and the world. Our mission is defined by Isaiah 54:2, which speaks of lengthening the cords and strengthening the stakes of God’s tent. With these commitments in mind, we currently train over 600 students on a variety of programmes, from informal evening classes and training partnerships through Foundation Year and BA courses to Masters degrees. All our curricula reflect our commitment to ‘Christian Theology Applied’, and we define our ethos as an integration of spiritual, practical, academic and relational formation.
Our main campus is at Christchurch in Dorset; we also have teaching centres in Birmingham and Torquay, and we are starting a new centre in Belfast in September. We partner with South West Youth Ministries at the Torquay centre and will run our Belfast programme in conjunction with Youth Link NI. We also partner with Wycliffe Bible Translators on an MA in Language, Community and Development.
3) Are the courses full time, part-time or a mixture of both?
The Foundation Year and BA are full-time. The BA can be pursued through residential or placement-based routes at Christchurch, and through placement-based training at our other centres. The Masters courses are part-time and are delivered through intensive study blocks at Christchurch.
4) How do Moorlands College students fund their studies, and do you take students from overseas?
We have scored consistently well in the National Student Survey, regularly gaining ratings of 90%+ in different categories, and overall. Historically we have trained students from all over the world; for visa reasons the overseas students who train with us now tend come from the EU, but we still have a good number of folk with family roots and/connections in the two-thirds world. The majority of our undergraduate students and some of our MA students receive student loans; others are supported by their churches, or are self-funding. We also have a bursary scheme for those facing hardship.
5) What type of ministry is Moorlands College intended to prepare students for?
We were founded in 1948 by a Brethren evangelist, David Clifford, to train evangelists, pastors and youth ministers. Those vocations still define many students’ trajectories, but we are committed to forming the whole people of God for effective and fruitful ministry, and welcome applications from all committed to the vision described above.
8) What is distinctive about what Moorlands College offers compared with other colleges in the UK and overseas?
Everything we do is intentionally grounded in and informed by missional practice – hence our strap-line of ‘Christian Theology Applied’. At Christchurch we embody this in a unique 5-week ‘Block Placement’ that all second and third-year BA students undertake in the middle of the academic year. At our other centres, students are on placement all year round, and our curriculum is intentionally oriented to reflection on that placement experience.
9) Please tell us about the library and other research facilities
Our excellent Christchurch library has over 40,000 volumes and a wide variety of journals and periodicals. There are libraries at our Birmingham, Torquay and Belfast centres, too, and our learning resource base is being extended rapidly through e-books and online journals.
10) Does Moorlands College offer a distance or online learning option? If yes, please tell us more about it
There is no distance learning option at present, but we are developing something more integrated and holistic – namely blended learning, which is a creative combination of online and ‘bricks and mortar’ learning. A new post is being created to drive this forward, and funding is being raised to support the enhanced technology it will require. Exciting times!