TSB is the academic and professional education branch of the Ausbildungs- und Tagungszentrum Bienenberg (ATB), the Study and Conference Centre Bienenberg. It is rooted in the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition which can trace its roots back to the European Reformation. The tradition is part of the historic peace church movement which has a distinctive commitment to social responsibility and engagement in issues of peace and reconciliation. The theological seminary demonstrates this commitment through its emphasis on peace throughout its theological curriculum, its regular symposia on peace theology and, for example, its membership in the Church and Peace Network. ATB was founded in 1950 as the European Mennonite Bible School in Basel by the Mennonite Churches of France, Germany and Switzerland supported by Mennonite Central Committee. ATB grew steadily in the 1950s and bought the Bienenberg campus in Liestal (ca. 10 km from Basel) in 1957. As the school grew in the 1960s and 70s new buildings including a library and student housing were provided on the site. ATB now has the capacity to host educational programs for up to one hundred students.ATB has always offered programs in French and German and TSB continues to have two distinct language departments.
Theological Seminary Bienenberg
Ausbildungs- und Tagungszentrum Bienenberg
Centre de formation et de rencontre Bienenberg
(1950) the European Mennonite Bible School
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Theological Seminary Bienenberg in Switzerland. In response to the changing education needs which it perceived in church and society, ATB diversified its educational programs in the 1980s and 1990s. The traditional two year Bible School programme was developed into a three year Bible College programme leading to the award of a BTh. This degree programme is accredited by the European Evangelical Accrediting Association (EEAA).
TSB also holds membership in the Association of Evangelical Theologians in Switzerland, the Mennonite Historical Societies of Switzerland, Germany, France, and North America, the ecumenical network Church and Peace, and the Global Discipleship Training Alliance.
In addition to its undergraduate programme, TSB also offers a one year international School of Discipleship, which provides a praxis-oriented introduction to discipleship for young adults, and a three year, part-time postgraduate programme (M.A.) in Pastoral Ministries. The postgraduate programme is validated by the University of Wales, Lampeter. This partnership connects TSB with a network of institutions delivering postgraduate programs in various locations around the world, as well as to a more formalised fellowship of theologians around the world.