Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary

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Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary
Motto Head, Heart, and Hands
Established 1954
Affiliation Malaysian Association of Theological Schools
President Rev. Dr. John Ong
Location Batu Ferringhi, Penang, Malaysia
Website mbts.org.my

Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary (MBTS) is a denominational seminary affiliated with the Malaysia Baptist Convention. It is located in Batu Ferringhi, Penang, Malaysia.[1] Established in 1954, MBTS is accredited by the Asia Theological Association (ATA).[2]

Brief history[edit]

MBTS was established in 1954 by missionaries from the Southern Baptist Convention to train those who can testify to a call to full-time work in a local church.[1] In 1967, a scholarship fund was set up by Lai Chan Wah, a member of the Seremban Baptist Church who donated $ 40,000 for the purpose.[3]

Organization[edit]

MBTS is governed by the Seminary Board of the Malaysia Baptist Convention.[4] The current key officers are:[5]

  • Chairperson of the Seminary Board
Rev. Clement Chong
  • President of MBTS
Rev. Dr. John Ong Bee Chung
  • Academic Dean
Dr. Ken Choo
  • Associate Academic Dean
Dr. Tan Boon Sang, Sunny

Programs[edit]

TLS offers academic programs leading to the awarding of the following qualifications:[6]

Certificates and diplomas[edit]

  • Certificate in Christian Counseling
This certificate program requires the completion of 10 credits and is offered on a part time basis.
  • Certificate of Marriage and Family Studies
This certificate program requires the completion of 10 credits and is offered on a part time basis.
  • Diploma in Christian Counseling
This diploma program requires the completion of 24 credits and is offered on a part time basis.
  • Diploma in Early Childhood Christian Education
This diploma program requires the completion of 20 credits and is offered on a part time basis.
  • Diploma in Christian Studies
This diploma program requires the completion of 72 credits.
  • Diploma in Theology
This diploma program requires the completion of 141 credits and is offered in Malay, English, and Chinese.

Undergraduate[edit]

  • Bachelor of Christian Studies
This degree program requires the completion of 140 credits.
This degree program requires the completion of 154 credits and is offered in Malay, and English.

Postgraduate[edit]

  • Graduate Diploma in Christian Counseling
This graduate diploma program requires the completion of 24 credits.
  • Graduate Diploma of Christian Studies
This graduate diploma program requires the completion of 38 credits.
  • Master in Christian Studies
This degree program requires the completion of 72 credits.
  • Master of Ministry
This degree program requires the completion of 119 credits.
  • Master of Arts in Mission
This degree program requires the completion of 40 credits and is conducted in partnership with the US Center for World Mission using the latter's World Christian Foundations study program.
This degree program is offered with the following majors:
  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Biblical Studies
  • Holistic Child Development
  • Christian Education
  • Evangelism and Church Planting
  • Missiology
This degree program requires the completion of 36 credits and is offered with the following majors:
  • Biblical Studies
  • Missions
This degree program requires the completion of 45 credits.
  • Doctor of Missiology
This degree program requires the completion of 45 credits.

Accreditation and affiliation[edit]

The following programs offered by MBTS are accredited by the ATA:[2]

  • Diploma in Theology
  • Bachelor of Theology
  • Master in Christian Studies
  • Master of Divinity
  • Master of Art in Pastoral Studies
  • Master of Art in Holistic Child Development
  • Doctor of Ministry

MBTS is also a founder member of the Malaysian Association of Theological Schools which allows a certain number of credits in the undergraduate programs to be transferable among member schools.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary: About MBTS
  2. ^ a b Asia Theological Association: ATA Accredited Membership List
  3. ^ Malaysia Baptist Convention: History
  4. ^ Malaysia Baptist Convention: Staff
  5. ^ Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary: Faculty and Tutors
  6. ^ Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary: Programs
  7. ^ Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary: Accreditation

How to apply to study in MBTS

External links[edit]