Friends of the College Update

Monday, 11th October 2021
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By Davy Ellison

College Update

College life kicks into a much higher gear each year come September. There is therefore lots to report to you. The College community remains deeply grateful for your continued interest in and support of the work. Please read the below prayerfully and continue to ask God for his merciful help in the task of training up another generation of Christian leaders.

New Students

Even in the wake of the worst of the pandemic God still provided a satisfactory number of new students for College courses. We were delighted to welcome 10 new undergraduate students onto the Preparation for Ministry Course, six new students on the postgraduate programme and there are approximately 60 participating in our evening class programme. Thank God for the gift of these students and pray for all of the tutors (both full-time and visiting) that they might steward this gift well. 

Recognition Service

On Saturday 4th September the College held the annual Recognition Service in Moira Baptist Church—to whom we are thankful. It is always a special day as the College community, along with family and friends, celebrate the achievement of the graduating students. This was all the more true given this graduating group spent a portion of their College life online. You can read a longer report about the Recognition Service on the College blog.  

Commencement Service

On Tuesday 21st September the College marked the beginning of the academic year with the Commencement Service. Dundonald Baptist Church kindly hosted and Pastor Martin Parker delivered a challenging message. Continue to remember the first year students as they adjust to a new pattern of life in College. You can meet all of the new students on the Preparation for Ministry Course in this video and read a report of the Commencement Service here.

October Prayer Requests

There are always two pressing prayer requests in October. First, we would encourage you to pray for the second year students who all embark on placements this month. You can read about one here. Second year is therefore both busy and formative for the students. Pray that God would grant stamina and continue to clarify his calling on the students’ lives. Second, please pray for the evangelism teams which will hopefully take place from 17th October–23rd October. The teams are going to Brannockstown, North Belfast Christian Fellowship, Newcastle, Stonepark and Richill Park. They provide a great opportunity to put into practice that which is learned in the classroom, glean from a local pastor and congregation and ultimately to spread the gospel far and wide. Keep an eye out for reports on the College blog in November. 


Finally, do not miss out on the Irish Baptist College Podcast—season two has just been launched. It should be available on all major podcast platforms, but you can also listen to it online by visiting: Attention is also drawn to Gospel Guardians in the podcast, and if you do not yet financially support the College please do consider becoming a Gospel Guardian. More information is available here.

    Blog Archive

Let’s Read Irish Baptist College Conference (Online) From Intern to Undergraduate (Emily Middleton) Let's Read: The Hole in our Holiness — The Reason for Redemption Baptists and Revival in the Long 18th Century Second Year Placements From Intern to Undergraduate (Josh Brown) Let's Read: The Hole in our Holiness — The What and Why of Holiness Final Year During A Pandemic 2nd Year Placement Experience Friends of the College 2021 Update The Art of Reading More Books Let's Read: The Hole in our Holiness — The Real Possibility of Holiness A Basic Easter Fact The Servant King Podcast Let's Read: The Hole in our Holiness — You Are Holy Third Year Reflection Gospel Guardians: Protecting the Purity of the Gospel for Future Generations Graduation 2021 Book Review: Succeeding at Seminary Let's Read: The Hole in Our Holiness — A Work in Progress Why the Irish Baptist College is Vital to the Health of the Association A Good News Story: The Ministry Partnership Scheme Why Study the Biblical Languages? Profit in Toil: A Short Message on A Level Results Day Let's Read: Small Preaching Recognition Service Report 2021 Sin Forgiven: Nourishment for Life and Joy for Living Let’s Read: Small Preaching—The Character of the Preacher Commencement Service Report Placement Friends of the College Update God Rejoices over His People: A Meditation on Zephaniah 3:17 Let’s Read: Small Preaching—Constructing the Sermon Evangelism Teams: Newcastle and Brannockstown Evangelism Teams: Stonepark and North Belfast Christian Fellowship First Year Reflections (Reuben and Andrew) Some New Books Let’s Read: Small Preaching—The Craft of Preaching Let's Read: Small Preaching—What is God Saying? A Christmas Reflection on John 1 - ‘The coming of the light’ Christmas Reflection on John 1 - ‘Life, Light & Glory’
Time to read Genesis...again Friends of the College - January 2020 Friends of the College - January 2020 Finances Tribute to Marion Craig The Resilient Pastor: Surviving & Thriving in Ministry Just a Blow-in? What is new on the shelves at IBC? Friends of the College - February 2020 Four Reasons to Study Theology Academically From Spain to Moira Testimonial Financial Update Friends of the College – March 2020 Irish Baptist Historical Society: The Mayflower Thomas Patient: the Father of the Irish Baptist Church Testimonials The Pastors’ Conference: An Encouraging Privilege Testimonials (part-time studies) In the worst of times: COVID-19 and the Book of Ruth Friends of the College - April 2020 The Long Wait: Victory Delayed Testimonials - Preparation for Ministry and Evening Classes The Leadership Podcast Testimonials - Ladies Study Fellowship The Leadership Podcast (part 2) Friends of the College - May 2020 Reflections from the Student Chairman Why do we teach the Old Testament? Reflections on first year at IBC Friends of the College - June 2020 Why do we teach Romans? IBC Placement Is Church History a Thing of the Past? Friends of the College - July 2020 Friends of the College – August 2020 Friends of the College September 2020 Recognition and Graduation Service Introducing the Irish Baptist College’s New Logo Commencement Service Friends of the College - October 2020 Filled with the Spirit: Soundings in Luke’s Theology of the Holy Spirit The Famous Five: The Abiding Relevance of the Solas of the Reformation Friends of the College - November 2020 The Importance of Theological Training in Fulfilling the Great Commission First Year Reflections — Tim Houston Singing: The Place of Theology in Corporate Worship New Library Books Friends of the College – Unite to Pray – December Christmas Reflections
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