Issue No. 25 25 June – 1 July 2012
Upcoming Course - A Philosophy of Church Ministry (CM201, 3 cr)

Dr Quek Swee HwaBGST is happy to announce a new course starting July 14, Saturday 2.00-4.00pm that attempts to help churches examine their “reason for being”:

  • If you are interested in broadening your outlook and to understand how churches should respond to the challenges they are facing today…
  • If you wish to be part of a visitation team to learn from some churches outside your own denomination...
  • If you want, for a change, to enjoy a “light” course, with plenty of discussion, sharing, etc.

You might want to sign up for “Philosophy of Church Ministry” (CM201, 3 credits).
Dr Quek Swee Hwa, the lecturer, brings together his many years of pastoral experience and global ministries and welcomes you to join him as he brings you to visit a broad spectrum of churches.

Course Synopsis

Theology when applied to the Church means, among other things, the honing of pastoral or shepherding skills. That is the biblical model of the pastor. On a wider, more public level, these are preaching, teaching, and church management. At a more personal level, there are both skills as well as attitudes that can make or break the pastoral ministry of a church: pastors and pastoral staff should develop good listening skills, have a genuine love for people, be willing to comfort and visit the sick and needy, unafraid to rebuke and exercise church discipline with love, and generally be able to communicate and guide all age levels within the church. Rarely can we find all these qualities in one person. But where they are being developed within a church staff team, with the help of a suitable and good support structure, we are confident that a church can be a powerful instrument to nurture Christians in their faith and thereby bring honour and glory to the name of Jesus, its Head.

More information may be found at the following link: http://www.bgst.edu.sg/courses-and-events/298-a-philosophy-of-church-ministry.

Spirituality Retreat Experience : Nature, Purpose and Dynamics (ECF504, 3 cr)

Mr Chong Ser ChoonAdjunct Lecturer: Mr Chong Ser Choon
Venue: Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church
Time: 7.15 pm - 10.15 pm
Dates: July 4, 11, 18, 25, Aug 1; (Classroom sessions) (Wednesdays)
Residential Retreat*: July 26 ~ 29 (Thu-Sun)
Retreat Venue : Blue Mountain Kelong, Batam, Indonesia

Course Synopsis

The course will provide a biblical and historical survey of the practice of retreat and how it evolved in the history of the Church. We will also discuss its nature, purpose and dynamics. We will also look at how the discipline of spiritual retreat is related to other spiritual disciplines and its contribution to the Christian’s spiritual formation. We will end the teaching segment by discussing the practical and broader issues of how Christians today can practice and discern the Presence of God in the midst of the busy demands of family, work and ministry.

The course will culminate in a 3 days 2 nights residential retreat. The teaching segment of the course will serve to prepare participants for the spiritual retreat experience. Through this course, we aim to provide a model to encourage Christians to cultivate and incorporate this spiritual discipline into their Christian life. More information may be found at the following link: http://www.bgst.edu.sg/courses-and-events/291-spirituality-retreat-experience-nature-purpose-and-dynamics.

Note : Students interested in this course are advised to register for it by this Saturday (30 June). A minimum class size needs to be attained before the course can commence. Your co-operation would be greatly appreciated.

Courses Commencing Next Week

The Christian Faith (TS101, 3 cr)
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Aug 6, 13, 27, Sept 24, Oct 1, 8, 15
(Mon, 7.15–9.50 pm)
Venue: BGST, Clarus Centre
Lecturer: Dr Edwin Tay

The Educational Ministry of the Church (ECF500/ CE101, 3 cr)
July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Aug 7, 14, 21, 28, Sep 5 (Wed);
(Tue/Wed, 7.15–10.15 pm)
Venue: BGST, Clarus Centre
Lecturer: Dr Ng Peh Cheng

History of Christianity I: From Jerusalem to Chang’an (AD 1-1500)
(CH101, 3 cr; #Blended Learning)

by Lecturer & Tutor: Dr Lai Pak Wah
Jul 4, 18, Aug 1, 15, 29, Sep 12 (Fortnightly); (Wed, 7.30–9.45 pm)
Venue: BGST, Clarus Centre

Spirituality Retreat Experience: Nature, Purpose & Dynamics (EFC504, 3 cr)
July 4, 11, 18, 25, Aug 1 (Wed, 7.15–10.15 pm)
retreat Aug 3-5 (Fri–Sun) (Additional Cost)
Lecturer: Mr Chong Ser Choon
Venue: Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church

Ecclesiastes: Wisdom for Contemporary Life
(OT353, 1.5 cr; Group Tutorial)

by Lecturer & Tutor: Dr Philip Satterthwaite;
(Sat, July 7, 21, Aug 4; 2.00–4.00 pm)
Venue: Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church

Other Courses Commencing In July 2012

*Biblical Hebrew Reading & Exegesis I
(BH 211, 3 cr)

July 9, 23, 30, Aug 6, 13, 27, Sep 24, Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; (Mon, 7.30–9.45 pm)
Venue: BGST, Clarus Centre
Lecturer: Dr Andrew Lee

*New Testament Greek I (BG111, 3 cr)
July 9, 16, 23, 30, Aug 6, 13, 27, Sep 24, Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov 5, 12, 19;
(Mon, 7.30–9.30 pm)
Venue: Thomson Road Baptist Church
Lecturer: Mr Quek Tze Ming

Christian Ethics (TS252, 3 cr; Group Tutorial)
By Dr Douglas J.W. Milne & Tutor: Mr Ben Pwee;
July 13, 27, Aug 10, 24; (Fri, 7.30–9.30 pm)
Venue: BGST, Clarus Centre

A Philosophy of Church Ministry (CM201, 3 cr)
July 14 and other dates to be announced later; (Sat, 2.00-4.00pm)
Venue: BGST, Clarus Centre
Lecturer: Dr Quek Swee Hwa

Wesley Then & Now (TS240/CH254, 3 cr; Group Tutorial)
by Dr Victor Shepherd & Tutor: Dr Edwin Tay
July 19, 26; Aug 2, 16, 23, 30 ; (Thu, 7.30–9.30 pm )
Venue: Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church

The Craft of Teaching (ECF511, 1.5 cr)
Dr Ng Peh Cheng; July 19, 26, Aug 2, 16, 23; (Thu, 7.15–10.15 pm)
Venue: BGST, Clarus Centre
Lecturer: Dr Ng Peh Cheng

Old Testament Foundations I (OT101, 3 cr)
Jul 26; Aug 2, 16, 23, 30; Sept 27; Oct 4, 11, 18, 25; Nov 1, 8;
(Thu, 7.15–9.45 pm)
Lecturer: Dr Andrew Lee
Venue: Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church

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

# Blended Learning: Live Lectures and Group Tutorials based on Recorded Lectures.

For more information on our courses please visit our website: http://bgst.edu.sg/courses-and-events

Chapel News
There will be no chapel on 4 July 2012 at BGST, Clarus Centre. BGST chapel will resume on 18 July 2012. (Dedication of Academic Year 2012-13, Venue: BGST, Time: 12 pm - 1 pm)
Faculty News

Our founding Principal Emeritus, Rev Dr Quek Swee Hwa, and a few of our adjunct lecturers (Rev Dr David Wong, Dr Clive Lim, Rev Dr Tan Soo Inn, Dr Tan Lai Yong, and Rev Dr Danny Goh) will be speaking at the conference, “Wholistic Christian Counselling” in Asia 2012. The theme for this year’s conference is “Compassion in Action: Incarnating God’s Love to the World”. More information may be found at the following website: http://www.wccasia.org/2012/.

Upcoming Public Lecture and Incentive Courses

Public Lecture

Preliminary Course Schedule for 2012-2013 Semester 1
For more information on the Preliminary Course Schedule, please visit our website: http://www.bgst.edu.sg/media/files/courses/2012-2013-sem1.pdf

2012-2013 Semester 1 Course Schedule

37 Jalan Pemimpin, #06-05 Block B, Clarus Centre, S(577177).
Tel: 6227-6815 Fax: 6255-3686 Email: inquiry@bgst.edu.sg
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