The BTN Steering Group currently responsible for the development of BTN comprises:

  • Russell Thorp (New Zealand) (Chairman)
  • Phil Boom (USA)
  • Mark Davies (UK)
  • Simeon Havyarimana (Burundi)
  • Joel Hernandez (USA)
  • Sunny Philip (India)
  • Christian Ramirez (Colombia)
  • David Smith (Australia)
  • Len Smith (Australia) 
  • Neil Summerton (UK)
The aim of the Brethren Training Network (BTN) is to raise the profile of education, training and leadership development, and to make the best use of existing materials, as well as to share ideas and training experiences, in order to encourage regional and national educational efforts in the constituency of churches.
BTN has its origins in discussions at  IBCM 3 (Romania, 2003) where there was general agreement that leaders and full-time workers need to receive suitable training if their service is to be fully effective. In turn, these leaders need to be more proactive in training church members for involvement in various ministries, mission and leadership.
The Network has subsequently been encouraged through four international consultations at Emmaus College, Dubuque, Iowa, in 2005, 2010, 2014 and 2018
The BTN website gives access to many published materials, and links to distance-learning opportunities.
For more information, contact Russell Thorp
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