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iTEE Global FAQ

What does iTEE stand for?

 ITEE is an acronym for Internet Theological Education by Extension. 

When did iTEE Global start?

The ministry was officially registered in Illinois as a non-profit in June of 2014. It is headquartered in Leander, TX. 

What iTEE Global does?

Our Mission is to bring relationally-driven biblical ministry education to church leaders lacking access to it. We work through partnerships with Indigenous/onsite organizations. We work to strengthen the onsite organization rather than to establish our own presence within the country.

Do you support churches and ministries financially?

It is not our mission nor our vision to provide financial support to churches and ministries. We are a non-profit organization that provides biblically based educational training to pastors and church leaders around the world. 

Why are you using the Internet to do training when there are so many areas of the world that do not have good internet access, why not just do face-to-face training?

The Leadership of iTEE Global has been involved with face to face Biblical Education by Extension for many years. With their over 50 years of collective experience, the decision was strategic to use the internet to support face-to-face training, such as: 

    • Face-to-Face training is a very important aspect of training, but with certain limitations. 
      • It is expensive for the teacher/facilitator to travel to meet regularly with the students. Therefore, facilitators can only come every three or four months. 
      • Many countries are hostile to Christianity. When an outside teacher comes, the more persecution the students may face. 
      • When a teacher is onsite, the students and local indigenous organizations become more dependent upon the leadership of the outside facilitators. 
      • One major problem also is that unsupervised students do not do their homework or stay engaged in the course material, when teacher is away.
    • Good Internet access has become more common in all major cities of the world. Use of cell phones is frequent in rural areas. Many poor countries are working to improve their internet accessibility and bandwidth. 
    • The Internet preserves the safety of the students, but allows the students to continue to interact with the facilitator in-between onsite in-person visits. 
    • The internet improves the training of students because they stay connected to the facilitator, and engaged in the course material. 
    • The Internet allows a facilitator to be doing training in multiple countries at the same time. The Internet multiplies the impact of a facilitator. 
    • The internet enables training to be provided to the students at a reduced cost. The facilitator does not have to travel as much. The course materials can be accessed online, thus saving printing costs. 

Do you only do training on the Internet then?

No, while our name has internet in it, this is only one part of what do. We emphasize a “Blended Learning” approach to training that includes both “Face to Face” training as well as on the Internet. You could say that the “I” in ITEE means that we do both Internet and In-person training. But, the official meaning for the “I” in our name stands for Internet.

With the dangers involved and the high cost of face-to-face training, why not just do training over the internet?

For Internet training to be successful in student participation and motivation, a learning community must be built, which includes the facilitator. A relationship based on trust is built between the students and the facilitator, and between the students. This motivates students to do well, and stay engaged. They learn from each other and from the facilitator. These relationships of trust can be built much faster through face-to-face interaction. We believe that training is greatly improved through a combination of both face-to-face and Internet training.  

What countries do you work in?

We work in several countries in Asia and Africa; such as India, Kenya, Zambia, Myanmar, Cuba, and Mexico. 

Why did you choose those countries, and what is your strategic plan for expanding into new countries?

Initially, trusted relationships were already established in these countries. More countries are being added to our portfolio.