Global Theology

The Global Theology Department exists to lead an ongoing global discussion process between WEA’s wide range of members, churches, training institutions, theologians, and researchers, seeking to speak with one voice to the world and connects WEA to all other global Christian communions. It seeks to be present whenever theological informed issues are debated on a global level. Concurrently, it also seeks to actively support the national alliances in issues related to theology and theological education.

Theological Commission

In faithfulness to Christ and in order to serve the Church, the Theological Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance exists to provide international theological reflection on issues of importance affecting the church and society everywhere.

Our vision is to be a prophetic Evangelical voice that is globally representative, faithful to Scripture, theologically informed and which speaks with clarity and relevance to both the church and the world.

Theological Commission

International Council for Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE)

ICETE is a global community, sponsored by eight regional associations of theological schools, to enable international interaction and collaboration among all those concerned for the enhancement of evangelical theological education worldwide. Originally having been started out of the Theological Commission of WEA and being connected to all Regional Evangelical Alliances, ICETE acts on behalf of the Department of Theological Concerns of WEA in all matters of theological education on a global level.



Studies show that over 90% of all pastors do not have a formal theological education. Reforma exists to ensure that those millions of pastors and church leaders are biblically-trained by providing a recognised, global standard for outcome- and impact-based assessment. ReForma exists to serve informal and nonformal training programs worldwide by

• Developing a system of affirmation for quality assurance
• Helping to unify, simplify and complement the numerous ministry training programs
• Providing a platform for outcome- and impact-based assessment
• Encouraging and supporting start-up programs

ReForma is a self-governing organization that is working together with the Department of Theological Concerns (DTC). The certificate of completion is signed by ReForma and WEA DTC.



The Increase Association is a network of church-based training organisations serving across Asia and beyond. Most of the members of the Association use a methodology known as TEE – traditionally Theological Education by Extension, but more dynamically expressed as Tools to Equip and Empower. The purpose of Increase is to connect and strengthen its members by:

  • building good relationships
  • encouraging collaborative projects
  • catalyzing new approaches
  • sharing fruitful practice
  • providing resources and training
  • making a contribution to theological education
  • connecting with other relevant associations
  • communicating stories from members

Increase is a self-governing association bringing a voice for TEE to the Global Theology Department.

Increase Association

International Institute for Islamic Studies (IIIS)

The International Institute for Islamic Studies (IIIS) has been installed by the Department of Theological Concerns of WEA for the purpose of research and publishing as well as for dialogue between Christians and Muslims. IIIS is a network of scholars in Islamic studies and its administration is carried out by the Evangelical Alliances in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Churches, the political arena, and society at large are provided foundational information relating to the topic of ‘Islam’ through research and the presentation thereof via publications, adult education seminars, and democratic political discourse. The focus is primarily on Muslim migration, the global development of Islamic theology and of Islamic fundamentalism, as well as a respectful and issue-related meeting of Christians and Muslims. Through our work we want to contribute to engaging Muslims in an informed and fair manner.

Society of Christian Scholars

The Society of Christian Scholars is a global community of, by, and for missional Christian scholars, called to the learned life and fulfilling this calling within higher education or similar professional contexts, who are committed to and engaged in God’s mission of seeing all things redeemed (Genesis 1:28, 2:15, Jeremiah 29:5-7, Matthew 28:18-20). Members must be academic staff or students of a tertiary institution that does not require students to adhere to a faith statement. Full and Associate Membership is also open to academics serving in non-institutional contexts (think tanks, private industry, etc.) or retired from any of the above. The Society of Christian Scholars acts on behalf of the Department of Theological Concerns of WEA in all matters related to non-faith based institutions of higher learning and research.

Evangelical Review of Theology

The World Evangelical Alliance’s Evangelical Review of Theology, now in its 44th year, is becoming a free electronic journal, starting with its August 2020 issue. WEA leaders and other prominent Christians will address issues of contemporary concern to the global body of Christ, in a style suitable for general readers.

Evangelical Review of Theology

Evangelical Training Directory

The directory is a searchable multi-lingual database of evangelical Bible colleges – and pastoral, theological and missionary training programmes, courses and resources world-wide – to help you find the training you need to serve the Lord.

Evangelical Training Directory