Hearing from the experts

To get to know what the MIRT is really like, the best thing to do is to listen to current teachers and students of the programme. We asked some of them to share their thoughts.

The MIRT is remarkable due to its intercultural character. It was interesting to learn how Christians from different parts of the world apply Reformed theology in their particular context. For example, I could not imagine that 1 Cor. 8, where Paul speaks about sacrificed meat, is still relevant for Christians in some parts of the world (like Nepal). The MIRT course is not only about the study but also about how to stay a Christian in such an intensive course. Our prayer meetings, discussions, personal talks with the classmates and professors, - all this has been shaping us as Christians in a particular ‘study context.’ I am grateful for this time.

- Oleksii Blyzniuk, Ukraine

I learned from the MIRT-programme the intercultural way of thinking. It was done in a very balanced way, by having discussions with fellow students from different cultures. Also, I learned the basic thoughts of Neo-Calvinism, which was helpful and useful. In Kampen, you can learn how to write a thesis intensively with careful counseling and a lot of personal consultation. The lectures by professors from different parts the world also were great.

- Junggi Kim, South Korea

God is so good! I could acquire the essence of Reformed Theology in this short period. I learned about the famous and the great Reformed theologians and their history and belief. I have received new ideas and new concepts from them. For instance, Abraham Kuyper's missionary life, political activities, social work, and his work as a prime minister.
I can say that every subject that I learned from Intercultural Reformed theology was useful. Research methodology and academic research were a new challenge for me.
Studying intercultural Reformed theology is not only about theology, but also about spiritual life. TU Kampen is practically exercising their theology and the lives of the lecturers show how much they love God as well as their wisdom and knowledge.

- Kyaw Myint Htay, Myanmar

I  have visited various universities around the world and carefully looked at the curricula of many schools of intercultural studies. The Master of Intercultural Reformed Theology (MIRT) program at Kampen Theological University is one of the best in that field. It combines a strong academic standard with deep holistic worldview. The diversity of its student body and the expertise and experience of the faculty members provide an environment that is conducive for a well-rounded approach to scholarship informed by a wealth of balanced perspectives, and solid experience. Therefore, I recommend the MIRT program at Kampen Theological University with enthusiasm!

- Prof. Moussa Bongoyok, Guest Lecturer in the MIRT programme

I heard about the MIRT program when Mr, Colijn was called to initiate a new program. Now that I have spent a couple of days with the students, I pray more fervently that the Lord's blessing will rest on all who study and learn to appropriate a rich heritage. The participants benefit from the university's commitment to Reformed theology, the leadership, the faculty of the Theological University (Kampen), the intercultural experiences, and communal worship. The students are exposed to the many aspects of the knowledge of God that will have a bearing on their transformation as prospective leaders.

Dr Willem van Gemeren, Guest Lecturer in the MIRT programme

The MIRT programme is very helpful for the theological education of students from different cultural contexts. Foreign students can benefit from lectures and guidance by European and non-European professors. Students from Asia, Africa and other continents study and learn together in this special program. The Reformed Tradition needs the interaction of different cultural settings for showing forth the truth of the Gospel in this world.

- Dr Aiming Wang, Guest Lecturer in the MIRT programme

It was my pleasure to teach a segment in TUK's Master of Intercultural Theology program. It is a well planned course enabling students to make Reformed theology relevant in the multicultural contexts of today's world. Besides the diversity in the student body, the strength of the program lies in the exposure given to the students to scholars from within and outside of the Netherlands. Those who have come to appreciate the richness of multicultural theologising will agree that this is the way to do it.

- Dr Mohan Chacko, Guest Lecturer in the MIRT programme

I’ve not only learned what reformed theology is, but also how I can apply reformed theology in my own context.

- Eunkyu Kim, South Korea

I have found it so enriching to study at the source of Reformed theology. Having studied at an ecumenical University in Kenya, I can now drink to the full the teachings of the great Reformers and Professors at a Theological University with deep theological roots.

- Elkanah Jamin, Kenya

I believe that MIRT students will become better theologians and pastors, who not only understand the word of God but also understand how to bring it in today’s cultural context.

- Muriwali Yanto Matalu, Indonesia

For me, TU Kampen is one of the very few theological schools that still hold firmly the Scriptures as God’s Word, while striving to answer today’s challenges both in the academic and the church practice level.

- Surya Harefa, Japan / Indonesia

The MIRT programme helped me to see things in biblical ways and to acquaint with them rather than to give a subjective judgment about it.

– Tony Salurante, Indonesia

Students are equipped for their home ministries, not only to serve the Church of God in their own congregations, but also to be true theologians for the twenty first century. Our diverse cultural and religious contexts are of great benefit for the programme.

Jean Rajaonasy, Madagascar

The MIRT Class of 2015-2016 and drs. Jos Colijn (center)