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.
Ray Bakke Centre for Urban Transformation (RBC) 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.
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.
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).
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
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 Centre 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.
Doctor of Ministry (DMin) in Urban Leadership
The DMin is distinct from the PhD or ThD in that its primary focus is on implementing and strengthening effective arenas. We follow the medical model of preparing doctors for surgery in the operating room. The cities are our labs, and practitioners are professors. Although the DMin is not designed as simply a research degree, in recent years many seminary educators have chosen the DMin degree to enhance their ability to provide training relevant to practical issues in Christian ministry.
It is a 40-credit ministry degree program designed to enhance the leadership skills of individuals engaged in Christian ministry. It is appropriate for pastors, parachurch leaders, urban ministry leaders, educators, and mission leaders. We ask every student to write every assignment, including the Dissertation, in ways that benefit their sending institution. Once the student has completed his/her degree both the institution and the student will have been strengthened.
A Masters of Divinity (MDiv) degree or equivalent, a minimum of five years of ministry experience, and present engagement in ministry. Students who have a biblical or theology master degree but not MDiv can be considered for the Extended DMin programs, which requires additional 15 credits (or 5 courses) of biblical and theological master level courses.
Doctor of Transformational Leadership (DTL)
The DTL is designed for leaders in organizations that are focused on, but not limited to, urban relief, development or advocacy, or cultural influence, from a Christian perspective. These organizations can be non-profit, for-profit or government entities.
It is a 40-credit degree program with additional 15 credits in biblical and theological courses, designed to enhance the leadership skills of individual seeking city transformation, entrepreneurial/organizational transformation, or cultural/spiritual transformation with strong biblical and theological perspectives. The DTL serves the needs of Christian leaders in both cross-cultural and diverse organization and political settings, providing the need to equip those who work in contexts outside the scope of what DMin can cover.
The DTL will take a similar format to that of DMin except that it will focus more on organizational needs and leadership issues. We encourage our students to cater their study and writings around their current setting/ministry, thus benefiting their peer group/organization and enhance their ministry.
A Masters degree in any subject at an accredited institution, and a minimum of five years of influence in a specific sector of society (e.g., private, public, non-profit/NGO, business, government, social service, ministry, etc). The requirement of additional 15 credits in biblical and theological studies may be waived in part or whole as deemed appropriate for candidates who have already earned credits in similar subjects at master level.