When it was first founded, Vaux-sur-Seine trained future pastors. It was not necessary to have the « baccalauréat » to study there. Future pastors were given a general education at secondary level, as well as theological and practical training.
The institution became an independent Faculty of Theology in 1965 and students could study for a degree, a masters and a doctorate. The teaching is “Bible-based” and aims at « a certain » cohesion between theology, faith, spirituality and the life of the Church”. It is also possible to study sociology and psychology in view of social work.
There is another branch of the university in Lyon, which organizes many courses in continuous education, including summer schools. Exchanges take place with the Institut Protestant de Théologie and the Institut Biblique in Nogent.
The Independent Evangelical Theological Faculty
85 Avenue de Cherbourg, 78740 Vaux-sur-Seine
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.
A Protestant Theology School in Paris
For the first time, a Protestant theology school was established in Paris. It was the convergence of two movements: the desire to establish theology instruction in Paris and the arrival of two professors from Strasbourg, who did not want to be under German administration.
The Bible Institute of Nogent
The Bible Institut of Nogent was founded in 1921 to train evangelists, missionaries and more recently, social workers. There are students of all nationalities who later go on to serve in different foreign countries.
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.