HISTORICAL BACKGROUND  

 

 

The Only Theological College at Jorhat:

 

The Eastern Theological College (hereafter as ETC), as the premier theological and training institution of the Council of Baptist Churches in North East India, plays a leading role in promoting theological education in the North Eastern region of India. By adopting a need-based programme, it caters to the ever growing and diversifying needs of the CBCNEI and other sister Churches of the region and beyond. Its history goes back to 1903 when the American Baptist missionary the Rev. P.H. Moore, a graduate of Colgate University Made a small and yet significant beginning by starting the Assam Valley Bible School at Nowgong (now Nagaon) with just three students .It ran fox six months a year April to September . Later the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society (now the Board of International Ministries BIM of the Baptist Churches in the United States of America) decided to shift the Bible School programme to Jorhat . Accordingly , on 12 January 1905 , the Rev. S. A. d. Boggs pitched his tent by the side of the Tocklai river near the present College bridge. After a year , S Preparation the Bible Training Centre got started in April 1906 With 18 Students- 5 from the Nowgong Batch and 13 fresh ones. In this pioneering work Boggs was ably assisted by the Rev. Henry Goldsmith since the Nowgong days in 1904. the institution later grew into a group of schools called the Jorhat Christian Schools which included the Bible School (1906), a Middle English School, a Normal School and an Industrial School (all in 1907) and later a High school (1914).

 

ITS AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

 

On the College emblem appears three words-Unity, Faith, Service which constitute the motto of the College.

The College is committed to the belief that unity and inclusiveness of the Church is essential to the work and mission of the Church is essential to the work and mission of the Church in the world. We are committed to the effort to maintain the unity of the council of Baptist Churches in North East India (indicated above) and among the churches in our region by creating in our students a sense of oneness of the work in different parts of the area. Thus we oppose anything which induces to divide the unity of the Church, such as Parochialism, tribalism or communalism.
This College is built upon the rock of faith in Jesus Christ as the Lord of all things and the Saviour of all humans . lt seeks to show the students the meaning of that faith not simply s a believer needs to understand it . for this purpose it is necessary to understand and to study the Bible in a way that will expose them to ideas and methods which will build up mature understanding of our faith as Paul wrote: 

When I was a child I spoke like a child, 
I thought like a child I reasoned like a child;
When I became an adult, 
I put an end to childish ways, (I Corinthians 13:11)
A Christian minister is a servant he/she is a servant of God and His People . All the classroom lectures, Discussions, studies and examinations are, therefore, directed to Prepare the students to be more effective servants and faithful shepherds of His flock. Like all men and women down through the history of the Church , we are called to a service which is quite different from any of its Kind outside the Church. To be more specific we are called not to be served, but to serve in the world of our time.