Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Doctor of Ministry Orientation

Yesterday was a historic day for the seminary. For the first time ever, we had a group of 21 Doctor of Ministry candidates participating in the 1-day D.Min Orientation Programme. This is the pioneer batch of our new D.Min programme.

It was really great meeting up with experienced ministers and pastors who decided to take time off from their busy schedule to upgrade themselves over the next few years.

I have been tasked with the heavy responsibility of teaching a module on Advanced Hermeneutics and Homiletics scheduled from March 30-April 3 next year. In the afternoon, I had the privilege of meeting the candidates that would most likely be taking this module next year. In our session together, I handed out the reader for the module (see photo above) to them. I am looking forward to our time of learning together next March. I know I have much to learn from these experienced ministers.


Alex Tang said...

That's really awesome. So many candidates. This shows that the Malaysian church is coming of age.

Kar Yong said...

Hi Alex,

Actually there are more candidates - a few could not make it to the Orientation.

I guess it all goes back to the support of the church/denomination. For eg, the chinese stream DMin has many candidates from the Chinese Methodist Church. This is because CAC has a policy for pastors to take 2-week leave annually for study to upgrade themselves. However, in the English stream DMin, almost all candidates are from the Anglican church. Again this is because of the Bishop's encouragement for the clergy to upgrade themselves.

I guess if the church at large could grant leave of absence and financial support for their pastors to study, we could have seen more candidates.

But with the numbers we have (about 25 applicants), we are very, very encouraged.