A biblical and doctrinal approach
The Bible Institute was founded in 1921 by an evangelical couple, Jeanne and Ruben Saillens. Most of the teaching is biblical and doctrinal (a declaration of faith in “the divine inspiration and authority” of the Bible). Emphasis is put on spiritual maturity, enabling the student to serve later as a minister in the modern world.
The Institute has been working in association with other establishments for several years, notably the Espace Formation à l’Evangélisation (AGAPE France) ; this has enabled it to set up, on its own terms, a seminar on Islam and a training course for missionaries.
At some stage, the talks with the Free Evangelical Faculty of Vaux-sur-Seine will probably lead to a merger of the two institutions.
The Bible Institute of Nogent
39 Grande Rue Charles de Gaulle, 94130 Nogent-sur-Marne
The Montauban Faculty of Theology in the 19th century
The faculty was founded in 1808-1810 and trained the majority of the Reformed Church pastors. After a somewhat tentative beginning, studies were reorganized by a decree initiated by Baron Cuvier and dated May 24, 1828.
The Protestant Faculty of Theology in Strasbourg
The Protestant Faculty of Theology in Strasbourg, successor to the School founded in 1538, is one of the oldest sites offering training for a variety of ministries within the church.
Today the faculty, part of Strasbourg University, besides theology courses and State diplomas, also offers lifelong learning courses, and develops major research programmes.
The Faculty of Protestant theology in Paris
Protestant theology had never been taught in Paris, not even at the time of the Edict of Nantes. The transfer of the Strasburg universities to Paris, in the years that followed the defeat in Sedan in 1870, was highly symbolical of a fully gained, blooming Protestant identity.
The Protestant Institute of Theology
The Protestant Institute of Theology, which was founded in 1972, is made up of two protestant theology faculties, Paris and Montpellier. Its main role is to prepare for the ministry in the Église Protestante Unie de France, but it is also a well-equipped research centre and an institution which provides continuous education, working in association with the section of religious Science in the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, the Catholic Faculty of Paris, the Institut Supérieur d’Etudes Oecumeniques and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales.
The Independent Evangelical Theological Faculty of Vaux-sur-Seine
The Vaux-sur-Seine Faculty has trained pastors since the late XIXth century. It became an independent institution of further education in 1965. It is a training centre of future pastors in the French-speaking evangelical Churches of different tendencies : (Baptist, Methodist and Pentecostal).
The Protestant Theology Faculties today
The protestant theology faculties in France are independent institutions of higher education awarding their own diplomas. Strasbourg is a case apart and is still bound by the Concordat agreement between Church and state. Their main role is to prepare students for the different ministries within the Church : pastors and deacons are prepared for their calling, instruction is given in catechism and musicology. Many also have well-equipped research centres, continuous education and seminars dealing with the main political, social and spiritual issues of today.
The faculties of theology in the 19th century
In 19th century France, Lutheran and Reformed pastors under the Concordat rule were trained in two State-recognized faculties of theology.