Office of the President
Things at Emmaus are booming! Enrolment is at a record high, we have more degree programs than ever (more on our newest program below), we have a very exciting strategic plan for both the short and long-term future at EBS, and our faculty and staff is more robust than ever. Topping all of these is that we have received our international accreditation with the Caribbean Evangelical Theological Association (cetaonline.org) thereby making EBS the only internationally accredited, Protestant-evangelical theological school on the island of Hispaniola (population of 20 million)! We are so grateful for what God has accomplished and continues to do through EBS.
Our newest degree program excites me. The Master’s of Education in Instruction and Administration (MEIA) is designed to respond to two realities: (1) an educated citizenry will transform a nation, and (2) the vast majority of educators in Haiti are not properly credentialed to be in the classroom. One of the broader goals of MEIA degree at EBS is to create a steady stream of highly qualified and competent educators and educational administrators for Haiti that will be a powerful catalyst for educational reform in Haiti. The vision driving this mission is creating a nation of highly competent citizens prepared to work in all sectors in Haitian society thereby ushering a new future—all for the glory of God.
But what about future programs? Leadership at EBS is in the research and development stage of proposing two additional programs in 2019: (1) Bachelor’s in Education and (2) Master’s in Business and Entrepreneurship. The vision behind these two programs is to increase the flow of credentialed educators for Haiti’s citizenry, and to compliment Haitian culture’s innate aptitude and acumen for entrepreneurship that has emerged out of a combination of the necessity for resourcefulness for survival in the Haitian economy along with exciting business opportunities emerging within am quickly healing political context. There are arguably more opportunities for business in Haiti than ever before. EBS wants to be proactive and responsive about offering training and education that will help entrepreneur’s be successful.
God has called EBS to develop Christ-like leaders for the transformation of Haiti. By adding degree programs, we hope to develop not only leaders for the church, but leaders for educational and business sectors of Haitian society as well.
Dr. Matt Ayars, EBS President
mattayars.com Going Deeper
Jesus is the Master, Even as an Infant
by Matt Ayars on December 10, 2018 at 9:16 pm
C.S. Lewis, in Mere Christianity, reflects on Jesus’s incarnation with this: “Did you ever think, when you were a child, what fun it would be if your toys could come to life? Well suppose you could really have brought them to life. Imagine turning a tin soldier into a real little man. It would involve […]
Incarnational Missions: OMS President’s Gathering 2018
by Matt Ayars on December 5, 2018 at 11:24 pm
Comfort and Joy
by Matt Ayars on December 5, 2018 at 4:10 pm
God is more interested in your holiness than your happiness. This goes against the grain of common culture. Common culture tells us to pursue happiness. Pursue your dreams. Aim high. Shoot for the stars. Do what makes you happy. Only pursue a career that will leave you fulfilled. “Do what you want,” is the mantra […]
God’s Signature Piece
by Matt Ayars on November 29, 2018 at 1:39 pm
Not long ago I visited the State Tretyakov art Gallery in Moscow. On display were hundreds of works of art ranging from Ivan Aivazovsky’s (1817–1900) masterful seascapes, to Orest Kipreksy’s (1782–1836) famous portrait of Alexander Pushkin, Alexander Gerasimov’s (1881–1963) depictions of soviet realism, and Vassily Maximov’s (1844–1911), paintings of late 19th century peasant life in […]
Give Thanks, For God is Holy
by Matt Ayars on November 22, 2018 at 12:30 am
I’m thankful that God is holy. All non-biblical worldviews are founded on the idea that there is continuity between the physical and spiritual realms. What is true in the physical world is also true in the spiritual world and vice versa. The physical and spiritual worlds are locked in-step. This way of thinking has a […]