Philosophy of the Chinese Studies Program
Characteristics of the Chinese Studies Program
Philosophy of the Chinese Studies Program
The Chinese Bi-Cultural and Pastoral
Ministries Program of the Alliance Theological Seminary is committed to
train men and women called to serve the North American Chinese Church.
The program is designed to train and
equip mono-cultural, or bi-cultural students, to successfully serve in
a Chinese church in North America. The program consists of formal
classroom instruction that will build into the student a spiritual and
godly character, cultural sensitivity and understanding, and a
theological foundation. The student will also experience classes in
practical ministry, a one-to-one mentoring relationship, as well as
many hands-on-ministry opportunities through serving a church in an
Students entering this program will
find that they will be spiritually enriched, intellectually challenged,
and psychologically prepared for what God has for them in their future
ministry.Upon completion of this program, students should have gained a
stronger proficiency in the following areas:
- Spiritual formation and development of the individual's personal life
- Leadership growth through one-to-one mentoring from an experienced pastor
- A reservoir of experiences learned by working in real-life ministry, and integrating academics with life situations.
- Cultural and social understanding of the Chinese in North America
- Practical ministries in their cultural settings
- Bi-cultural and Bi-lingual leadership
10 Characteristics of the North America Bi-Cultural and Pastoral Ministries Program
by Dr. Philip Teng, Founding Director and Advisor
There is a great need for pastors in the Chinese churches of North
America --- a growing need in view of an influx of Chinese immigrants
from different parts of Asia. Our seminary shares the responsibility to
meet this great need by establishing the Chinese Bi-cultural and
Pastoral Ministries Program. It provides the M.Div level of training
pastors for serving the Chinese Churches. This program has the
1. For 3/4 of the entire curriculum, the Chinese students attend the
same classes with Anglo (or Caucasian) students, as well as with
international students from Africa, Middle East, Latin America and
South East Asia. This background provides ample opportunities for the
Chinese students to absorb the good points of Western theological
education and become internationally minded.
2. For the rest of the curriculum, the Chinese students attend classes
by themselves or with other students who prefer to join them. These
courses are designed for ministry to the Chinese churches in North
America. Thus the Chinese students are prepared for ministries in
3. The American born Chinese (ABC) and the Overseas born Chinese (OBC)
study together with plentiful opportunities for interaction and mutual
understanding. That enables a good foundation to be established for ABC
and OBC cooperation in the Chinese churches of North America.
4. There is a strong spirit of missions permeating the whole Seminary
which is the outstanding characteristic of the Christian and Missionary
Alliance. Hundreds of missionaries have gone out from this Seminary to
many parts of the world. Furthermore, we have also begun a renewed
emphasis on missions in the Chinese Program, hoping to produce
missionaries along with pastors.
5. Our program lays a very special emphasis on training in preaching.
The Chinese students have many opportunities to practice preaching in
Chinese as well as in English.
6. We have always put emphasis on cultivating the spiritual lives of
our students alongside biblical and theological studies so that our
graduates can meet the spiritual needs of their future flocks. Students
can get spiritual guidance from an experienced pastor through a one to
one mentoring relationship. Moreover, the Chinese students have their
own Bible study and prayer time every week for the benefit of their
7. The Chinese students have their own Gospel Team to conduct
evangelistic and deeper life meetings in Chinese and Anglo churches as
part of their practical training, creating an emphasis on evangelism in
8. Mandarin and Cantonese speaking students live together with many
opportunities to improve their linguistic abilities which will be a
help for their future ministry.
9. The variety of the denominational background of the Chinese students
is conducive to developing unity in the midst of diversity.
10. There are 80-100 Chinese churches in our surrounding areas which
provide ample opportunities for practical training for our students as
well as sources of financial subsidy. Moreover, these churches will
provide outlets for their future ministries.