APPLY NOW: 2018 Missional Leadership Residential Programme

Programme Fee 
RM 3,500 for 4 weeks of classes
Programme Date 

Duration: June 2, 2018 (arrival date) to June 29, 2018.

The programme is an advanced course designed to equip leaders and potential trainers. It could also be taken as an in-service training or refresher course for workers on home leave.

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Registration is open.

Venue Malaysia Theological Seminary (STM) 

Lot 3011, Taman South East, Jalan Tampin Lama,
Batu 3, 70100 Seremban, 
Negeri Sembilan, 

The courses are built around four modules:

Module 1: Mission of God in the Bible

This module aims:

  • To explore the theme of evangelistic mission in the Old Testament
  • To understand the meta-narrative of the Old Testament and how that intersects with mission
  • To understand the plan and purpose of God from the beginning for mission
  • To encourage interaction, the exchange of viewpoints and ideas
  • To be strengthened in our commitment from scripture for mission to the nations
  • To survey the theme of mission in the New Testament, with particular attention to the Gospels, Acts and selected letters of Paul
  • To understand the plan and purpose of God in the New Testament, paying particular attention to the inclusion of the Gentiles
  • To examine how the early church deals with conflicts and issues pertaining to the inclusion of Gentiles in God’s mission
  • To explore how we could be strengthened in our commitment for mission to the nations

 Lim Kar Yong(Rev Dr Lim Kar Yong, Director of Post Graduate Studies, Malaysia Theological Seminary)

Peter Lau (Dr Peter Lau, Old Testament Lecturer, Malaysia Theological Seminary)

Module 2: Gospel, Culture and Integral Mission

In this module we will reflect on culture, what it is, how to understand other cultures, how to communicate the Gospel in different cultures, and how to live and work in a cross-cultural situation.

We will ask how the Gospel and culture relate and ask ourselves how we can recognise God at work in other cultures.

We will also reflect on how the Gospel relates to the poor and the marginalised (mostly in an urban setting). How should we live and work in a context of economic disparity, building capacity, dignifying and empowering each other and building community?

Berdine Van De Toren(Berdine van den Toren-Lekkerkerker MA (Theology), CMS Mission Partner for mission education in Africa and Asia)

Module 3: The Gospel in a multi-religious context

All the major religions in the world see its beginning and roots in Asia.  All have claims from their own revered scriptures which guides humanity on all aspects of life from birth, death and the attainment of eternity.  Negating these religious belief systems and presenting Christ as the only way has become offensive.  The challenge before us is can this offensive dimension be removed altogether?   The danger of a relative perspective of religion like many post modernists propose or universalising of religion does harm to the Christian gospel.   As theologians and practitioners each generation is on a quest to be honest to the Gospel and also its context.  This class is all about finding a way forward.

Course Objectives

  • to analyse how pluralism is understood within the Church
  • to understand our context that demands to see divergent ways of understanding God
  • to explore some important Asian Theologians who have tried to narrow the divide
  • to positively respond to opposing views in Christian Practice.
  • to work towards an authentic way to see pluralism in each context

Joseph Kumar(Rev. Dr. Joseph Deva Komar, Missiology Lecturer, Malaysia Theological Seminary)

Module 4: Crucial Issues in Asian Mission

The module will examine the church’s mission through a study of:

  1. Crucial issues in Asian mission and
  2. Theological and sociological themes and approaches arising from Asian contexts.

Attention will be given to issues such as how Asian contexts shape the church’s mission, Christian encounter, contextualisation, religious pluralism, poverty, Asian leadership and partnership.

The aims of the course are:

  • To provide tools for analysing complex mission issues and
  • To design appropriate training for leadership in the local church

(Dr Cheong Weng Kit, Lecturer in Missiology and Intercultural Studies at a seminary in Southeast Asia)

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