Rome Scholars & Leaders Network: 17th June – 21st June 2019
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Why is the Rome Scholars & Leaders Network important?

Evangelicalism currently has an incoherent relationship with Roman Catholicism. Many evangelicals are uncertain about what Roman Catholics actually believe. Do they believe in the same Gospel, or something entirely different?

This question is important for leaders of evangelical churches and organizations and for hundreds of millions of evangelical believers around the world.

We are convinced, in line with the historic Protestant view, that Roman Catholicism is a severely flawed system in need of a radical biblical reformation in its basic theology and practice. Currently, the Reformanda Initiative is the only organization with a strategy and program for evangelical leaders and scholars to study Roman Catholicism from an explicitly evangelical perspective so that they may equip and educate others as well.

Vision of the RSLN

The Rome Scholars & Leaders Network was designed to create a context for evangelical scholars and leaders:

  1. To have access to evangelical scholars who are experts on Roman Catholicism. 

  2. To study and evaluate Roman Catholic theology and practice in the heart of 
Roman Catholicism, Rome itself. 

  3. To be trained and equipped to be scholars, leaders and communicators of an 
evangelical perspective about Roman Catholicism and the biblical Gospel of salvation through faith alone. 
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What is the RSLN?

The Rome Scholars and Leaders Network (RSLN) is a weeklong seminar in Rome sponsored by the Reformanda Initiative.
 The RSLN programme includes:

  1. Text-based discussions on pre-assigned reading selections 

  2. Integrated lectures on Roman Catholic theology and practice, evangelical theological 
distinctives, historical relations between Roman Catholics and Protestants, and opportunities 
for dialogue, evangelism and engagement today 

  3. Papers, written and submitted by participants, on an evangelical perspective on Roman 
Catholic theology and practice that are evaluated by Rome Scholars faculty 

  4. Personal mentoring between each participant and a faculty member 

  5. Excursions and tours of the Vatican and other important historical sites in Rome

The RSLN offers lectures for year 1 (first time) and year+ (returning) participants, allowing those who found the seminar helpful to return for even deeper formation and study of Roman Catholicism.

Who can attend the Rome Scholars & Leaders Network?

The Rome Scholars & Leaders Network is invitation only. The RSLN would welcome applications from:

  1. Evangelicals scholars currently involved in theological research and/or training
  2. Existing or emerging evangelical scholars or leaders with at least a Master in a theological field  

  3. Influential evangelical leaders and trainers serving in, or preparing others for service in a Roman Catholic context

See the below for information on how to apply to the Rome Scholars & Leaders Network.

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RSLN Accreditation

We are delighted to announce that participants who are interested in taking the RSLN as a four credit-hour graduate course are now able to do so through an accreditation partnership with Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) and RSLN speaker, Gregg Allison.

If you decide to seek accreditation you will need to fill out the application linked here. The relevant course number and name is: “84977 Roman Catholic Theology”. We are pleased to inform you that this course has been made available at the reduced rate of $750.

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is an accredited member of The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) and of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Accreditation in The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada has been in effect since the establishment of the Association in 1937 and has been reaffirmed several times since 1937, the latest reaffirmation being in January, 2013.

Accreditation membership in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools was first received in December 1968 and was reaffirmed in 1972, 1983, 2003 and 2013.

The 2019 Rome Scholars & Leaders Network will take place from

Monday 17th June to Friday 21st June, 2019 in Rome.

What is the cost of attending?

Early Registration: Apply by 1st January 2019
  • Conference Fee & Lunch

  • 200
Regular Registration: Apply by 28th February 2018
  • Conference Fee & Lunch

  • 250
Late Registration: Apply by 31st May 2018
  • Conference Fee & Lunch

  • 300

Participants are responsible for travel expenses, accommodations and dinners. A list of hotels, hostels and restaurants with price ranges will be provided.

A limited number of partial scholarships/bursaries are available.

2019 RSLN application now available!