Issue No. 07 15 - 21 Feb 2010
BGST Annual Conference is here

“Towards A Shared Marketplace Theology” (1—3 July 2010)

In 2009, BGST launched its first Annual Conference focusing on the spiritual formation of those involved in providing pastoral care. The theme of “Tending the Shepherd” brought together nearly a hundred people for the three and a half days conference.

The Annual Conference programme has the following aims:

  1. To provide quality teaching and access to the latest biblical, theological, Christian studies by bringing in noted scholars and practitioners from overseas.
  2. To serve those in Christian ministry (local & regional) who with limited time and resources are not able to fly out to conferences outside Singapore for learning and for rest.
  3. To promote a holistic approach to ministry by incorporating good teaching as well as actual time for spiritual renewal. Hence spiritual retreat will be incorporated as part of the overall approach.

This year, the Conference will focus on the marketplace with the theme Towards A Marketplace Theology.

Theme & Synopsis:
This conference seeks to bridge the gap between clergy and laity in the definition, understanding and outworking of marketplace theology in the Singapore context today.  It seeks to create a common platform for shared dialogue, and for both sides to listen to each other's worldview and perspective of what marketplace theology means and the accompanying challenges it presents.  The conference strongly believes that both clergy and laity need to work closely hand-in-hand to together develop a practical theology for the marketplace that can be both taught from the pulpit, and lived out in the globalised business world today.

In fulfillment of the conference aims, the morning plenary and afternoon workshop sessions will have two speakers in conversation, each representing the church and the marketplace.

Conference Speaker: Prof Dr Carver Yu
We are pleased to have as our keynote speaker, Professor Dr Carver Yu, who will give us a theological framework for the marketplace in the three morning addresses.

Prof Dr Carver Yu is the Senior Pastor of Cumberland Church and President of China Graduate School of Theology in Hong Kong. He will present a framework for the Conference participants to dialogue towards a shared marketplace theology in the Asian context. Prof Yu will draw from the Hong Kong experience in bringing clergy and laity closer together in mutual constructive dialogue on marketplace theology as it is being developed in Hong Kong today.

Two response speakers representing the marketplace and church perspective will give their response to Prof Yu’s addresses. On the final day, there will be a forum with all three speakers in conversation with the conference participants.

In the afternoon, we will have workshops on issues related to the marketplace e.g. What is Marketplace Mission? Believers in Business with Pre-Believers – Issues & Perspectives, The Role of the Church in the Marketplace, Marketplace Practices in the Church - Value Add or Not?

Calling Christians in the Marketplace and in the Church
Mark your calendar and plan to come for this first-of-its kind conference on the marketplace. We look forward to seeing you at the Conference.

Dr Ng Peh Cheng
2010 Annual Conference Steering Committee
Email:  ngpc@bgst.edu.sg                                        
Office:  62276815 Ext. 202

John Chong Ser Choon Chong
Email: chongsc@bgst.edu.sg
Weekly Updates

Mr Brian Thomas is our Chapel Speaker on 24 February. Brian is an associate of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (Asia-Pacific). His areas of interest include the use of apologetics in evangelism, ethics, worldview analysis, Christianity and philosophy, Christianity and science, the historical Jesus and the resurrection, Islam, and popular culture. Chapel begins at 12pm every Wednesday. You are welcome to join us.

Courses Commencing in Term 3 & 4. 2009-2010

Biblical Studies OT & NT
How on Earth did Jesus become a God? The Historical Approach to Early Christology (NT356, 1.5cr) ;
Apr 9, 16, 23, 30 (Fri 7.15-10.15pm)
Lecturer: Dr Aquila Lee

Understanding the Book of Job (OT359, 1.5cr);
Mar 29, Apr 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17
(Mon 7.30-9.30pm)
Lecturer: Dr Philip Satterthwaite

Faith of Our Fathers: Genesis 12-50 (OT371, 1.5cr);
Apr 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20
(Thu 7.30-9.30pm)
Lecturer: Dr Augustine Pagolu

Christan Education & Spiritual Formation
Human Development & Spiritual Formation (ECF501, 3cr); Mar 9, 16, 23, 30, Apr 6, 13, 20, 27
(Tue 7.15-10.15pm)
Lecturers: Dr Ng Peh Cheng &
Mr John Chong Ser Choon

Church Ministries
Pastoral Theology: The Essentials of Ministry (CM301, 3cr); Feb 23, Mar 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Apr 6, 13,
(Tue 7.15-10.15pm)
Lecturer: Rev Dr Daniel Chua

*Counselling Skills: Working with Adolescents (ECF516/CO236, 3 cr); Mar 24, 31, Apr 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12 (Wed 7.15-10.15pm)
Lecturer: Rev Song Cheng Hock

Marketplace Ministries
Business & Mission (MM256/ME501, 1.5cr);
Mar  31, Apr 7, 14, 21, (Wed 7.15-10.15pm)
Lecturer: Mr Ben Pwee

Theological Studies
Communion with Triune God: The Trinitarian Theology of John Owen (TS284, 3 cr);
Apr 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20
(Thu 7.15-10.15pm)
Lecturer: Dr Edwin Tay

Jesus on the Silver Screen: Portrayals of Jesus & Christ figures in Film (TS282/MM280, 1.5cr);
Apr 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20
(Thu 7.30-9.30pm)
Lecturer: Mr Quek Tze-Ming

The Christian Spirit (TS251, 3 cr); (Group Tutorial)
Apr 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25, Jun 1;
(Tue 7.30-9.30pm)
Lecturer: Prof James Houston/Tutor: Mr John Chong Ser Choon [Required for MDiv]

Tent Module
Biblical Basis for Tentmaking Mission
May 20, 27; (7.20-10pm)
Lecturer: Mr Andre De Winne

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

Reminder on Course Fees Revision

As announced earlier in June 2009, the course fees will be revised w.e.f. 02 Jan 2010 to $110/credit i.e. $330 for 3 cr course; $165 for 1.5 cr course; for audit $230 for 3 cr and $115 for 1.5cr course. Visit http://bgst.edu.sg/pdf/fee_revision.pdf for full details.

News Bits

BGST is one of the partners for GCF InterSect 2010: REAL WORLD, REAL CHRISTIAN. The conference will be held from 18-20 March 2010 at Singapore Bible College.

There are many under-currents in our society that are shifting and shaping world views. How can Christians remain faithful to the Bible and continue to build His Kingdom? What are Christians to do?

For programme details and registration, log in to website: www.gcf.org.sg

To enjoy the early bird registration fee of $120, register by 19 February 2010.

Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies
Mr Chew Soon Lee is an IT Manager by profession and he worships at Woodlands Evangelical Free Church.  He is an active Lay Leader serving as  Church Board member, Cluster & Cell Group Leader and Pre-marital Counsellor. He has obtained his degrees from the National University of Singapore and Institute of Systems Science , Singapore.

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