Theological Education in Mandarin

March 18, 2009

Report submitted by Dr. Wilson W. Chow
In January I taught a one-week intensive course on Expository Preaching for the Mandarin Program at our school, the China Graduate School of Theology in Hong Kong. This is a very special program, because it is taught in Mandarin ( whereas Cantonese is the medium of instruction in all our programs ) and it is for pastors and church leaders in China mainland. I had over forty students in my class. They come from different provinces and cities in China and they make use of the two-week tourist visa to come to Hong Kong.

In February I visited the Chinese Church leaders in Shanghai with Dr. Manfred Kohl of Overseas Council International (OCI). OCI is working with the national China Christian Council in planning for a conference for all the presidents and deans of the 18 theological schools in China to be held this October. We will cover topics like governance, strategic planning, the role of the president and his leadership team, and curriculum design. Dr. Kohl and I are responsible for the program. Please pray for this significant gathering which is much needed by the seminary leadership and will be helpful to them in the development of theological training in China.

I just began my writing a commentary in Chinese on the Book of the Judges. It will be published in the Chinese Bible Commentary series sponsored by the Hong Kong Chinese Literature Council. I have quite a long way to go.   

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