In the City, For the City
With rapid globalization and urbanization, the models for missions have also undergone very significant changes. The need to train and equip Christian leaders for Urban Ministry has also become more pressing than ever. Our Centre endeavors to develop and provide relevant programs to respond to such need of our times and cities. We are also committed to be a lifelong partner to support these leaders in various ways to develop and carry out city transformation projects.
Our Centre was established under Bethel Bible Seminary (BBS) in May 2012 to equip Christian leaders in Urban Ministry with a focus on Hong Kong, China and Asia. The Centre is named after Dr. Ray J Bakke who is also the founder of Bakke Graduate University (BGU) and widely recognized as the pioneer in Urban Ministry. Dr. Ray Bakke is currently a Professor at the Centre.
- We equip and strengthen leaders to evangelize and minister effectively in the cities by means of contextual, Christian based education innovatively delivered throughout the urban world, with a focus on Hong Kong, China and Asia
- We commit to be a lifelong partner to these leaders, advancing and serving them with on-going support like teaching, research, consultation, networking and collaboration opportunities to carry out city transformation projects.
- Emerging and Experienced Transformational Leaders
- The Whole Church Taking the Whole Gospel to the Whole World
- The City is Our Laboratory
- Life Long Learning and Equipping
This list is not meant to be exhaustive. We currently have Professor Ray Bakke, Professor Fai Luk, Professor Paul Stevens, Dr Richard Higginson, Dr John Stahl-Wert, Dr Kim Kwong Chan, Dr Philip Tang, Dr Ricky Szeto, Dr Otto Lui, and Dr Rick Goossen on board.
Dr. Ricky Szeto (Chairman), Rev. Fai Luk (President of BBS), Dr. Natalie Chan (Director of RBC), Rev. David Ngai, Rev. Philip Tang, Mr. Daniel Or, Mr. Stephen Lee and Mr. Chi Hing Kee
Bethel Bible Seminary is a member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) [15935 Forest Road, Forest, VA 24551; Telephone:(434) 525-9539 ; e-mail:[email protected]], having been awarded Accredited Status as a Category IV institution by the TRACS Accreditation Commission on April 21, 2015. This status is effective for a period of up to five years. TRACS is recognized by the United States Department of Education, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE).
Knowing the financial challenges for some who work in churches, ministries or NGOs, financial assistance will be made available depending on individual circumstances. Please contact the Center directly for any further inquiry.
Anchored by teaching from a historically-rooted, whole-Bible narrative theology, students receive direct exposure to the new realities of a global world in massive economic, social, environmental, and spiritual transformation. The program consists of two cohort-based immersion courses, which are held in two or more global cities on two continents. This is followed by a coaching and research course that helps each student identify and clarify their dissertation topic, and then design a customized elective track to build their research and experience for their dissertation. Students can select dissertation topics that explore new interests; have immediate practical benefit to their current work; or build toward a publishable work.
Pastors, parachurch leaders, urban ministry leaders, educators and mission leaders who desire to evangelize and serve the cities more effectively.
Doctor of Ministry (DMin) is distinct from PhD or ThD in that its primary focus is on implementing, strengthening and developing effective urban ministry, rather than preparing the participant for research or teaching in purely academic arenas. We follow the medical model of preparing doctors for surgery in the operating room. The Program takes students to visit and investigate different cities. We regard the cities as the labs, and practitioners become professors. Although DMin is not designed as simply a research degree, in recent years many seminary educators have chosen this degree to enhance their ability to provide training relevant to practical issues in Christian ministry. The program is structured around developing Transformational Leadership for the City.
Through a variety of instructional methods which include interactive lectures, visiting and investigating different cities, small group discussion and projects, reflection, integration, research, class assignment and dissertation/ministry project, the participants will be equipped comprehensively both in theory and practice. They will be exposed to major themes in Urban Transformation and learn to integrate their own experience and tradition, resulting in evangelizing and serving the cities more effectively, more engaging responses to contemporary issues and challenges and their leadership being greatly enhanced.
- MDiv or equivalent
- At least 5 years of pastoral or related experience
- Graduating from a unviersity using English as teaching medium or TOFEL 6.0 or IELTS 6.5
Leaders in organizations that are focused on urban relief, development or advocacy, or cultural influence from a Christian perspective. These organizations can be non-profit, for-profit, government or non-government entities.
The program is designed to enhance the leadership skills of individuals seeking city transformation, entrepreneurial/organizational transformation, or cultural/spiritual transformation. The DTL is a degree that serves the needs of Christian leaders in both cross-cultural and diverse organizational and political settings, providing the need to equip Christian leaders who work in contexts outside the scope of what Doctor of Ministry (DMin) can cover.
DTL is quite similar to DMin in course design, through a variety of instructional methods which include interactive lectures, visiting and investigating different cities, small group discussion and projects, reflection, integration, research, class assignment and dissertation/ministry project, the participants will be equipped both in theory and practice. However, DTL places a greater emphasis on the needs of the organization as well as the studies and practice in Leadership. We ask every student to write every assignment, including the Dissertation, in ways that benefit their team and institution. Once the student has completed his/her degree both the institution and the student will have been strengthened.
- A Master degree in any discipline from an accredited academic institution
- At least 5 years of leadership experience in either work or other sphere
- Graduating from a university with English as teaching Medium or TOEFL 6.0 or IETLS 6.5