Near East School of Theology
The Near East School of Theology (NEST), located in Beirut, is a joint venture of the Presbyterian, Lutheran, Episcopal, and Armenian Evangelical communities in the region. NEST’s highly trained faculty serve sacrificially, as their training and experience would position them for better compensated teaching positions at regional or international institutions of higher learning.
As an inter-confessional Protestant Seminary serving the evangelical churches of the Middle East, the primary purpose of the school is to train pastors and church workers for ministry in the churches and other evangelical organizations in the Middle East. It is also concerned with continuing theological education of the laity. The NEST welcomes candidates from other Middle Eastern churches, as well as any person seeking to learn about Protestant theology and faith, irrespective of his or her religious affiliation. Students from beyond the Middle East who have a special interest in biblical studies against the cultural background of the Middle East, Islamics, or Oriental and Orthodox churches are also welcome.
The NEST is a member of the Association of Theological Institutes in the Middle East (ATIME) and cooperates closely with the Fellowship of the Middle East Evangelical Churches (FMEEC) and the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC). It is also a member of the Encounter of Christian and Islamic Religious Colleges and Institutions in Lebanon. NEST is located in the western part of Beirut, near major educational and cultural institutions, in a section of the city that has a long history of Christian-Muslim coexistence. It houses a library of 42,000 volumes in English, Arabic, Armenian, French, and German.
The NEST offers a special program of studies for expatriate students who would like to become acquainted with and/or deepen their knowledge of the churches of the Middle East, Islam, and Christian-Muslim relations.
Minimum Goal for 2016
$8,000 for operations and faculty enrichment