Wen Yong Sheng, D.Min. Pastoral Ministry and Missions
Justice Anderson, Th.D. Church History
Daniel Liou, Psy. Dr. Psychology
Winston Crawley,Th.D. Theory and Practice of Missions
Yunhan Gwo, Ph.D. Homiletics
Teck Peng Lim, Ph.D. Religious Education
Robert Chang, D.Min. Pastoral Counseling
Joseph Tan (TBTS), Ph.D. Theology
Bruce Leafblad, D.M.A. Church Music
Rachael Tan (TBTS), Th.D. New Testament
Yu-Chin Wei, Th.D. Religious Education
Joshua Mak, Ph.D. Religious Education
THE FIELD OF PRACTICAL THEOLOGY
For students majoring in Practical Theology, 550-101, 102, and 129 are required core courses.
Six additional hours in this field are free electives.
550-101, 102 GUIDED READING IN THE FIELD OF PRACTICAL THEOLOGY (2 credits each)
Required of all students majoring in Practical Theology. There will be a general orientation in the field of Preaching, Worship, Evangelism, Church Growth, Pastoral Ministries, and Church Administration.
550-104 EXPOSITORY PREACHING (2 credits)
A study of expository preaching seeking to train the student in the preparation of a program of expository sermons, a series of expository sermons, and the preparation of a single expository sermon. The student will prepare sermons and evaluate other sermons.
550-106 PERENNIAL EVANGELISM (2 credits)
A study of a perennial program of evangelism in the local Chinese church involving methods of evangelism which are being used in various places around the world. Application will be made to the Chinese church. Problems will be pinpointed and studied. Attention will also be given to the effective evangelistic meeting.
550-113 EVANGELISM AMONG BELIEVERS IN TAIWAN FOLK RELIGION (2 credits)
A study will be made of effective methods for approaching the believers in Taiwan folk religion based upon their concepts and practices in daily life.
550-120 PRINCIPLES OF CHURCH ADMINISTRATION (2 credits)
An intensive study of current concepts of short-range and long-range church planning and administration. The emphasis will be on workable philosophy, contemporary methods, unique problems, and available resources related to assisting the student in meeting any given situation in a Chinese context. This seminar also seeks to help the student utilize his or her own gifts and time effectively.
550-125 CHRISTIAN WORSHIP (2 credits)
A study of the principles and essentials of personal and corporate worship with an application to the situation in Chinese churches.
550-129 CONTEXTUALIZING PRACTICAL THEOLOGY IN THE LOCAL CULTURE (2 credits)
The student will investigate the total spectrum/scope of Practical Theology. He or she will identify and be conversant with both standard and current literature in each area. He or she will identify areas of concern related to his or her own culture and be able to offer both creative and practical insights for effective ministry in his or her country. This course will identify and investigate the total scope of Practical Theology. Standard and current literature will be surveyed. Areas of concern relative to local culture will be identified. Insights for effective ministry will be offered.
550-130 CLINICAL PASTORAL COUNSELING (2 credits)
A study of the principles of counseling with an emphasis upon practical experience in a living situation. Students will be involved in a program of counseling in a selected institution. In the seminar sessions students will report experiences, then discuss and interact with one another in regard to the reports under the guidance of the professor.
550-131 PASTORAL PREACHING (2 credits)
A study of pastoral preaching seeking to train the student in preparing a program of pastoral preaching to meet the problems, concerns, and daily needs of believers in the Chinese context. Sermons will be prepared and evaluated.
550-133A & B GUIDED READING IN THE PASTORAL CARE-COUNSELING AREA (2 credits)
Required of all students who concentrate on the P.C.-C. Area. This seminar seeks to provide orientation in and a general understanding of the following P.C.-C. subjects: Theology of Pastoral Care, Psychology of Religion, Personality Development, Pastoral Care of Special Groups, and Principles and Methods of Counseling.
550-138 GUIDED READING IN WORLD RELIGION (2 credits)
This seminar will emphasize the study of Islam within the contemporary world of religions, with attention to Islamic resurgence and the issues of modernity that confront Muslims.
550-140 RESEARCH IN HISTORY OF MISSIONS (2 credits)
This seminar is designed for students to do in-depth research in the history of missions are to identify principles and strategies throughout Christian history.
550-143A&B GUIDED RDG. IN THE RELIGIOUS EDUCATION-CHURCH ADMINISTRATION AREA (2 credits) Required of all students who concentrate on the R.E.-C.A. This seminar seeks to provide orientation in and a general understanding of the following R.E.-C.A, subjects: Philosophy and History of R.E., Curriculum and Education Psychology, Educational Technology, Administration/Leadership in Religious Education, Church Administration, and Stewardship.
550-149 RESEARCH IN THE HOMILETICS-WORSHIP AREA (2 credits)
This seminar will emphasize aspects of Homiletics and Worship studies that seem most relevant to the students enrolled.
510-107 SELECTED OLD TESTAMENT PROPHETS OF THE 8TH CENTURY (2 credits)
An intensive study of Amos, Hosea, and Micah, giving attention to the life and times of the prophets, their message, and the application of the message to both the people at the time of the prophets and to believers today.
520-105 AN HERMENEUTICAL APPROACH TO THE STUDY OF JOHN’S REVELATION (2 credits)
A study of John’s Revelation with emphasis upon the original language and the symbols related to the background of the writing. An understanding of Greek is a pre-requisite. Application will be made of the message to Christians today.
520-112 AN INTENSIVE STUDY OF THE CORINTHIAN LETTERS (2 credits)
An intensive study of the Corinthian writings giving attention to the historical background, word study, theological themes, and preparing themes. Application will be made to the current problems facing churches in Taiwan as related to the themes of the Corinthian Epistles.
520-122 PRINCIPLES OF HERMENEUTICS (2 credits)
A review will be made of the principles of interpreting the Bible as developed in the history of Christianity, giving emphasis to the New Testament. This will be followed by establishing sound principles of interpretation and applying these in selected scriptural passages, seeking to prepare the student for expository preaching.
530-103 THE FIRST FOUR CENTURIES (2 credits)
A study of the History of Christianity in the Patristic Period, especially with regard to the rise and development of dogma, the great heresies, the residual value of early Christian writings, the monastic movement with origins and development.
530-106 THE PRE-REFORMATION AND THE REFORMATION (2 credits)
A study of some of the great men of these centuries, and inquiry into elements of the distinction of this period, including the mystics, the Pietists, Non-conformists, and Dissenters, together with the investigation into the relation between Baptists and the anti-churchly sects of this period.
530-112 BAPTIST HISTORY: SELECTED READING AND RESEARCH (2 credits)
This course is designed to give church history majors the opportunity to read in selected areas of Baptist history with specific attention given to movements in the history of the Baptist denomination that are distinctively Baptist, to Baptist confessions of faith in various periods, and to Baptist relationships to other Christian movements and events.
560-106 PRINCIPLES OF CHURCH LEADERSHIP (2 credits)
An intensive study is made of the principles of leadership and the application of these principles in the Chinese situation. Difference styles of leadership will be examined seeking to help the student to discover his or her own most effective style.
570-104 RESEARCH IN MODERN MISSIONARY MOVEMENT (2 credits)
A study of movement in the modern mission period beginning with William Carey and continuing to the present. A brief review of mission work in the earlier centuries will be given. Latourette’s last four volumes in his “A History of Christianity” will be used as a basis for the study. Application will be made to the spread of Christianity in the Far East.
570-116 ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY MISSIONS (2 credits)
A study is made of critical issues in missions today, including theological problems as well as practical problems. Special attention will be given to the relation of these issues to work among the Chinese.
570-118 METHODOLOGY OF CHURCH PLANTING (2 credits)
This course is intended to set forth valid principles which will serve as a foundation for the planting of indigenous churches and to give sound, practical, step-by-step details of how to plant indigenous churches.
SPECIAL DOCTORAL SEMINARS
580-101 COLLOQUIUM IN CHRISTIAN MINISTRY (2 credits)
A colloquium on the theology and practice of Christian ministry in Asia led by various members of the faculty. Students will formulate a theology and comprehensive program of ministry for the Christian bodies with which they are affiliated.
580-102 RESEARCH METHODS AND DESIGN (2 credits)
A study of the method of research and the design of a research prospectus. Students will prepare a rough draft of a research prospectus.