院长的话 | A Message from the Principal

为什么要报读卫神?

诗巫卫理神学院(卫神)有一些不利的条件,导致一些神学生前来报读还要再三考虑。什么不利的条件呢?不利条件包括

  1. 卫神是在一个名不经传的小市镇(诗巫)里,不是在国际性的大都市中,较难吸引响往大都会生活的人;
  2. 卫神名副其实有卫理公会的背景,不是超宗派或独立教会的背景,较难吸引其他教会的神学生来报读;
  3. 虽然有将近六十年的历史背景,卫神复办学位课程今年才有第十四届的毕业生,较难吸引要读更高学位(如神学硕士、博士等学位)的神学生;
  4. 卫神的知名度不高,东马卫理公会以外的教会不太认识卫神,所以大部分的神学生都是东马卫理公会的会友。

这些不利的条件其实也可以成为有利的条件,如

  1. 小市镇是一个最理想读书的好地方;
  2. 卫理公会的长处如复兴史、实践神学、行政组织等是所有教会学习的榜样;
  3. 复办课程是一个建基圣经、传扬基督、迎合时代的专一课程,而且计划步步高升;
  4. 卫神近年的知名度也渐渐提高,现在有从中国,台湾,澳洲,西马等地来的神学生。

除了这些转“不利”为“有利”的条件,卫神还有许多吸引人的地方如下:

  1. 社体生活:卫神神学生和讲师住在同一个校园里过着群体生活:吃喝玩乐、谈天说地、祷告布道、敬拜事奉等。
  2. 属灵操练:每天(拜二至拜五)清晨五点15分至六点15分的晨祷会经历圣灵的同在;每星期禁食祷告仰望上帝的怜悯,也使用禁食省下来的钱做怜悯之工;每星期家庭小组彼此督促分享和分担。
  3. 讲师资格:十多位讲师除了有学术学位,也都有牧会或宣教的经验,并且都积极参与教会各方面的事奉,以至于教课不是纸上谈兵,而是实战经验的教导。
  4. 学术要求:卫神的课程不只得到东南亚神学协会的承认,也综合了圣经、正统神学、卫斯理神学等高水准的要求。
  5. 布道宣教:卫神十多年下来每年举办宣教醒觉周,邀请宣教丰富经验的讲员,也派家庭小组去砂拉越各地进行本地宣教。每周讲师和学生出发布道。每年年底派出海外短宣队。于四年前开办正规宣教科,训练未来的宣教士。
  6. 实践神学:每一位神学生都被委派参与周末的堂会实习,第三年也参与机构的事奉,而且每一天正常的基督徒生活都算为神学课程的训练内容之一。
  7. 礼拜音乐:大约十年前卫神开始礼拜与音乐科,训练音乐人才,也大大提升了神学院和本地教会的礼拜与音乐水平。
  8. 教会支持:卫神有卫理公会砂拉越和沙巴三个年议会的全力支持,没有后顾之忧,以至于能够有最低的学费,最好的设施,最棒的团队(众教会、董事、讲师、员工、学生等)。
  9. 国际学生:卫神拥有政府赐予的准证接收外国神学生。
  10. 教会环境:卫神的所在地是蒙福之地,一百多年前卫理公会会友从中国移民到此,建立教会和学校,今天在诗巫市镇拥有一千人以上出席崇拜的卫理堂会超过五间,还有其他大大小小的堂会,可称为马来西亚的耶路撒冷。神学生在此受训可看到上帝如何赐福给此地的教会,并且学成回乡时可以学以致用。

感谢主,近年来,各国各地的教会领袖已经看到卫神以上的好处,鼓励会友前来报读,但愿卫神在全能的上帝带领之下,祝福更多的教会和社会。

院长
池金代牧师博士




Why Study at MTS?

Sibu Methodist Theological School (MTS) has some unfavorable conditions that cause people to think twice before enrolling. What are the unfavorable conditions?

  1. MTS is located at a relatively unknown small town (Sibu), not in the international metropolis. It is difficult to attract those yearning for city life;
  2. MTS is a seminary with Methodist background, not from an inter-denominational or independent church background. This is more difficult to attract students from other denominations;
  3. Although we have about 60 years of historical background, we are only having the 14th batch of graduates by this year since the reopening of our Degree Courses. This is difficult to attract those who aim for higher degree (like Master of Theology, or Doctoral study, etc.);
  4. MTS is not well-known among the churches other than Methodist churches in East Malaysia. So most of our students are from the Methodist churches of East Malaysia.

However, all these unfavorable conditions can also become favorable, such as

  1. Small town is the best place for study;
  2. The strong points of Methodist on its Revival history, Practical Divinity, Administrative Organization, etc can be the role model for other churches;
  3. The degree courses offered are biblical, evangelical, contemporary, and moving forward with plans;
  4. Recent years, more people get to know MTS, now we have students from China, Taiwan, Australia, West Malaysia and others.

In addition to the turning of “unfavorable” to “favorable” conditions, MTS also has other attractive points:

  1. Community Life: MTS students and Lecturers stay together in the campus as a community: dining, playing, chit-chatting, praying, evangelizing, worshiping, serving and others.
  2. Spiritual Formation: Experience the Holy Spirit during the daily (Tuesday-Friday) morning chapel service, from 5:15am until 6:15am; Look up for God’s mercy during the weekly fasting prayer, and save the money for Work of Mercy; To share and to be accountable to each other through weekly family group gathering.
  3. Lecturers’ qualification: Besides having academic credentials, our more than ten lecturers’ team also has experiences in pastoral or missions field, and actively involve in church ministries, which provide practical teaching.
  4. Academic Requirements: MTS’s programs are not only recognized by the Association of Theological Education in Southeast Asia (ATESEA), but are also integrated with other higher requirements, such as Bible, Orthodox Theology, Wesleyan Theology etc.
  5. Evangelism & Missions: MTS has organized Missions Awareness Week yearly for more than ten years. We invite experienced missionaries for talks, and we also send family groups to many places around Sarawak to work with local parishes. Every week, our lecturers and students go out for evangelism. During year end, we send our students for overseas missions exposure. We have started Missiology program four years ago, with the purpose of training future missionaries.
  6. Practical Divinity: Every Theological student is appointed to churches during weekend for fieldwork practical. They are assigned to participate in para-church organizations during their third year of study in MTS. Daily normal Christian life is counted as part of the training.
  7. Worship & Music: MTS has started Worship & Music program about ten years ago, to train church musicians, which has upgraded the standard of worship & music in MTS and churches.
  8. Support from Churches: MTS is supported by three Annual Conferences of Sarawak and Sabah, to offer the lowest school fees, the best facilities, and the best team (all churches, board members, faculty, staff and students, etc).
  9. International students: MTS has the permit from Sarawak Internal Affair Department on recruiting international students.
  10. Church Environment: MTS is located at a blessed place, a place where Methodist members from China migrated more than a hundred years ago. They started to build churches and schools here. Today, there are more than 5 Methodist churches in Sibu, with more than a thousand worshippers, besides other large or small churches around Sibu area, which can be known as the Jerusalem of Malaysia. Students who are trained here will be able to see how God has blessed the churches in this place.

Praise the Lord that in recent years, church leaders from many places have come to know the advantages of MTS as mentioned above. They encourage their church members to study in MTS. We hope, by God’s grace and guidance, MTS is able to bless more churches and societies.

Rev Dr Tie, King Tai
Principal

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