Issue No. 47

29 Dec 2008 - 4 Jan 2009

2009 Annual Conference News & Update

“Tending the Shepherds ~ Feeding the Pastoral Care-Givers”

29 June ~ 2 July 2009 (Monday ~ Thursday)

Bishop Robert SolomonIntroducing our Local Speaker Bishop Dr Robert M. Solomon
Bishop, The Methodist Church In Singapore
Ph.D. (Pastoral Theology), Edinburgh University

We are delighted to introduce Bishop Dr Robert Solomon as our local keynote speaker for our Inaugural Annual Conference in June 2009. (We also congratulate him for being elected this month to a third term as the Bishop of the Methodist Church in Singapore.)

Bishop Solomon comes to us with a wealth of academic, pastoral, ministry, teaching and writing experience. He was trained as a medical doctor before entering full time Christian ministry. An ordained elder of the Methodist Church in Singapore, his first pastorate was with the Toa Payoh Tamil Methodist Church. The next church he pastored was the Tamil Methodist Church where he served till his election as the Bishop in 2000.

His teaching career is closely associated with Trinity Theological College. Besides lecturing, he served variously as the Registrar of the Graduate School, Dean of Students and Vice-Principal. He was appointed as the Principal in January 2000 and served for a year before leaving to take up his current role as the Bishop of the Methodist Church in Singapore.

Bishop Solomon is an accomplished writer, with eight titles to his name, including his doctoral work Living in Two Worlds: Pastoral Responses to Possession in Singapore (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 1994). His latest book is Following Jesus in a Fallen World.

He has also written several journal articles, not only in his area of pastoral theology, but widely in areas such as Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Direction, Information Technology, Homosexuality, Arts and the Media, Life Sciences, Mental Health, Healing and Deliverance.

Bishop Solomon serves in an advisory capacity on several boards locally and internationally. This includes:

  • National Council of Churches of Singapore - President (2002-2004; 2006-2008), Vice-President (2004-2006; 2008-present)
  • Member, Board of Advisors, Eagles Communication
  • Vice-Chairman of International Pastoral Care Network for Social Responsibility (1995-1999)
  • Member, Editorial Board, Conversations

Bishop Solomon is a gentle giant, a man of quiet warmth and wisdom. One appreciates that he carries his learning and position with a light and humble bearing that makes him easily approachable. His pastoral letter in the monthly Methodist Message that speaks to the issues of the day are thoughtful, well informed and insightful.
Bishop Solomon will be taking the second series of the morning messages and will also lead us in our closing Holy Communion Service.

Academics with pastoral hearts
We are grateful to God that both our speakers, Bishop Dr Solomon and Rev Dr Sherbino are academics with pastoral hearts. They have had extensive experience being a pastor to pastors and pastoral care-givers.

That is what this first BGST Conference is about: tending to the shepherds. We are thankful to God that we have these eminently qualified speakers to minister to the pastoral care-givers among us. You know who you are. You know the spiritual state of health that you are in. Come to this Conference. Mark this four-day conference in your calendar as a spring of refreshment in 2009.

Register first thing in the new year! Be kept in the loop! Send your name, church, address, contact number by email to and we will keep you posted.

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Intensive Courses by Overseas Lecturers

Dr Douglas MilneDr Douglas Milne,
Principal and Professor of Theology and Ethics at the Presbyterian Theological College, Melbourne

Theological Foundations I (TS211, 3cr), starting Jan 6, 8, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19 & 21, 7.15-10.15pm (Required for MDiv)

Ethics, War & Terrorism(TS271, 1.5cr), starting Jan 7 & 13 (Weekdays 7.15-10.15pm); Jan 10 & 17 (Saturdays 10am-1pm)

Dr R Paul StevensDr R Paul Stevens, Marketplace Ministry Mentor, Professor Emeritus, Marketplace Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, B.C.

Liberating the Laity(MM251, 3cr), starting Jan 29, 30, Feb 2, 4 6, (Weekdays 7.15-10.15pm), Jan 31, Feb 7 (Saturdays 9.30am-5pm)

Courses Commencing in January & February 2009

*NT Greek: Research Tools & Methods (BG214, 1.5cr), starting Jan 3 (Sat 4-5.30pm). Lecturer: Dr Quek Swee Hwa. (Required for MCS)

The Christian Faith (TS101, 3cr, video class), starting Jan 14 (Wed 7.15-10.15pm). Lecturer: Dr Quek Swee Hwa

Exegesis 3 NT (MTh503, 3cr), starting Jan 16, (Fri 7.30-9.30pm). Lecturer: Dr Aquila Lee

*Greek Exegesis I (BG211, 3cr, ongoing), Jan 17 (Sat 2-4pm). Lecturer: Dr Quek Swee Hwa

*The Art of Critical Analysis (GS114, 1.5cr), starting Jan 20 (Tue 7.30-9.30pm). Lecturer: Dr Philip Satterthwaite

Old Testament Foundations II (OT102, 3cr), starting Jan 23 (Fri 7.15-10.15pm). Lecturer: Dr Philip Satterthwaite

Spirituality for Christian Formation (ECF503, 3cr), starting Feb 3 (Tue 7.15-10.15pm). Lecturer: Mr John Chong Ser Choon

The Use of the Old Testament in the New Testament (MTh515, 2cr), starting Feb 4 (Wed 7.30-10.00pm). Lecturer: Mr Quek Tze Ming

*New Testament Greek I (BG111, 3cr), starting Feb 9 (Mon 7.30-9.30pm). Lecturer: Dr Aquila Lee

New Testament Foundations II (NT102, cr), starting Feb 9 (Mon 7.30-9.30pm). Lecturer: Mr Quek Tze Ming

*Counsellor’s Skills: Developing Micro-skills in Counselling (CO213, 3cr), starting Feb 11 (Wed 7.15-10.15pm). Lecturer: Mr Yam Keng Mun

*Research Methods & Ministry: Qualitative (ECF520, 3cr), starting Feb 12 (Thu 7.15-10.15pm). Lecturer: Drs Chen Ai Yan & Ng Peh Cheng

*Courses marked with an asterisk are not offered on audit basis.

Registration is open for all courses. Visit for course description and registration (under Course & Events/Course Schedules).

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