Theological Education Centers
in Jiangsu, China
The need for leaders for the growing churches in China continues to be a major challenge for the Church. The quality of theological education has risen significantly in recent years, as Bible Schools have upgraded to degree-granting colleges. However, the ministry context has grown more complex with increasing urbanization, a higher educational level inside and outside the church, and the challenges of equipping the church for community transformation. On a recent visit to the Jiangsu Theological Seminary, the church leaders asked for teachers for short-term (modular) courses and for ideas and best practices in establishing extension campuses in other metropolitan areas.
For years, the Chinese Church has been asking their friends from abroad, “Help us train more pastors.” Since the 1950’s church membership in the Jiangsu province has increased from 60,000 to 240 million, representing a forty per cent increase. Because of that each pastor is responsible for 6,500 people on average. Gifts to this project will assist the development of the Jiangsu Theological Seminary as it expands with new branches.
The Outreach Foundation is seeking gifts totaling $10,000 to help provide short-term teachers for Jiangsu Seminary and support for Jiangsu Seminary in setting up its branch campus in Suzhou.