Middle East Consultation

The purpose of the Middle East Consultation (MEC) is to equip participants to respond in prophetic
and Christ-like ways to the many challenges facing Christians and Muslims in and beyond the Middle East.
IMES has a significant niche within the Protestant community globally, in that it focuses on creating awareness and understanding between Muslims and Christians in the Arab World and beyond, while remaining focused on upholding a vibrant witness to Christ. IMES also plays an important role in Lebanon, as an institute connected with an Evangelical seminary – ABTS, yet whose calling is to help create a platform for dialogue with Muslims. In this way, we as Christian believers are able to engage with Muslims in “a fair and legitimate way, while simultaneously preserving the focus on our calling to be witnesses of the Gospel, to be Christ to the world,” says Martin Accad. “It is necessary to ask ourselves how we can be missional and yet remain peacemakers in this region.”
MEC Distinctives
  • Regional Voices
  • World Reputed Evangelical Specialist Lecturers
  • Islam, Middle Eastern Christianity and Dialogical Focus
  • Special Scholarly and Clerical Muslim Guests
  • Geared towards Students, Religious Workers and Wider Public
  • Bringing Together East and West
  • ABTS holds annual Middle East Consultations (every 3rd week of June) that bring together Christian workers from all over the world who are interested to learn more about Islam and the Middle East.
    “The annual Middle East Consultation event seeks to breathe new life into our Evangelical churches’ witness to Muslim communities globally. We seek models of greater faithfulness to Christ, in witness through life, work and speech, that will lead to more fruitfulness among Muslim communities worldwide,” says Accad.
    Check out our newly launched book: The Church in Disorienting Times: Leading Prophetically Through Adversity. Edited by Jonathan Andrews, the book is the output of MEC 2017. It seeks to inspire Christians worldwide to stand alongside people that are living through trauma and to provoke everyone, in the Middle East and elsewhere, to ask what they should be doing to encourage transformation of societies to today.