Programmes and Activities
the very beginning, the Pastoral Programme has been adopting
a multi-dimensional approach to realize her mission. The
programmes and activities she organizes can be categorized
into several strategies:
Nurturing the To-Be-Ministers
the qualities of Field Education.
with non-local Christian Communities in the provision of
cooperating with bodies providing Clinical Pastoral Education.
researches in the area of pastoral studies.
Meeting the Educational Needs of Local Ministers
tailor-made refresher courses and talks to local ministers.
qualified local ministers into our part-time degree programmes.
contextually relevant seminars for church workers.
and exploring other educational opportunities for church
Organizing Retreat Camp for Local Ministers
retreat camps for local ministers every year to help them to reflect
on their own ministries and life, and?encouraging them to share their experiences among themselves.
Implementing "Mission Enhancement Project"
project serves Hong Kong churches by assuming the roles of a
“think-tank” by developing a network of experts, scholars, and
experienced pastors, pooling togetherthe most current information about the situation
of Hong Kong, and integrating social analysis and theological
reflection, so that church ministers and lay leaders can have a deeper grasp of these issues to do theological reflection. It thereby enhances the competence of the churches
in responding to complicated social issues, so that he Hong Kong
churches may carry out their mission more relevantly and effectively.
The project publishes a monthly bulletin which analyzes social
issues which churches are concerned with and provides various perspectives
for reference. Moreover, it conducts researches on the situation
of the church and society. It also offers courses and organizes
5. “Young Pastor Support Network” program
This program provides young pastors with continuing spiritual direction and concrete support, instructions and training, including the following goals:
- Building a pastoral support and resource sharing network
- Providing continuing education opportunities for pastors
- Providing continuing spiritual formation and direction
- Establishing an Experienced Pastors Consultant Group to help young pastors
The Program includes the following services:
- Case Supervision and Study Groups to help young pastors in personal and pastoral issues
- Individual counseling for pastors and group spiritual direction
- Spiritual renewal retreats for pastors to renew physical, psychological and spiritual strength
- Consultation for young pastors by experienced pastors
- Provide for pastors personality tests such as PFP and 16PF to help them assess their personality, gifts and ministries
6. Annual Pastoral Conference
In accordance with the development of pastoral ministry in Hong Kong, pastoral conferences are organized to explore of issues arising from pastoral ministry. Since 2007, this conference has been held annually, and conference papers have been published.
7. Annual Pastoral Conference
the extramural theology programmes jointly run by the Divinity
School of Chung Chi College and the School of Continuing
and Professional Studies of The Chinese University of Hong
- Organizing the Theology Training (Ministry) for Laity with
Churches (The Hong Kong Council of the Church of Christ in
China and The Methodist Church) Providing pastoral workers
with suitable and professional training in theology.
- Organising the Chuen King Memorial Lectures. This lectureship funding has been donated by Mr. Bing-lai Wong, a reputable Christian businessman of Hong Kong to commemorate his father, Mr. Chuen-king Wong. The following lists the lecturers invited: In 1996, Prof. A.J.
Malherbe of Yale University and Prof. C.K. Barrett of Durham
University; in 1997 Prof. Kosuke Koyamam, a famous Japanese theologian of New York
Union Theological Seminary. In 1998 17 local scholars, were invited to lecture on the theme "Reading, Studying and Interpreting
the Bible", the focus was on the diversity
in methods of Bible interpretation; in February 2000, Prof.
Gerd Theissen of Heidelberg University; served as the lecturer;
in January 2001, Prof. Jack M. Sasson of the Vanderbilt University;
in October 2002, Prof. Morna Hooker of the Cambridge University;
in March 2003, Prof. James Dunn of the Durham University;
in March and September 2004, Prof. Choon Leong Seow of Princeton
Theological Seminary and another world renowned Old Testament scholar,
Prof. James Barr, respectively. In January 2005, Prof. Elisabeth
Schussler Fiorenza from Harvard Divinity School; in February
2006, Prof. Howard Marshall of University of Aberdeen and in March and September 2007, Emeritus Professor David. J. A. Clines of of University of Sheffield and Prof. David Ussishkin, Professor Emeritus of Archaeology in February 2009, Prof. Michael Stone of Professor Emeritus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and in March 2010, Prof. James. H. Charlesworth, George L. Collard Professor of New Testament Language at Princeton Seminary.
- Organizing Pommerenke Lectures
which investigate, in particular the relationship between Christianity
and Chinese cultures . This lectureship is set up in memory of the Rev. Pommerenke
who donated the site at Tao Fung Shan to the Chung Chi College.
The site was given to him by the Rev. Dr. J. Stewart Kunkle
who was a former principal of Union Theological Seminary,
Ling Nam University, Canton. The following lists the lecturers invited for the Pommerenke Lectureship:in 1998 Prof.
Wing-hung Lam and Prof. Wai-yiu Wan; in 2003,
Prof. Xin-ping Zhuo; in 2004, Prof. Vincent Shenand in 2008, Prof. Bernard Luk.
the Tolo Theological Series, the Chuen King Series, the Pommerenke
Series, the Good Shepherd Series and other theological monographs.
with Christian organizations in the provision of Christian