The Pastoral Class of Guangzhou CC&TSPM in the third quarter of 2022 was held at Guangdong Union Theological Seminary as scheduled.
From August 29 to September 1, more than 70 pastoral staff from Guangzhou churches attended the study, under the premise of implementing epidemic prevention and control measures, Guangzhou CC&TSPM reported.
Rev. Yue Qinghua, president of Fujian Theological Seminary, lectured on "Planning in Church Management" and "Organization in Church Management". Citing the deeds of planning in the Old Testament and the New Testament, Rev. Yue combined examples of church pastoral management to explain the importance of analysis and planning, emphasizing that church administrators must have a clear vision, adjust measures to local conditions, and plan carefully. The organization is the solid backing to ensure that the planning is carried out as scheduled. Yue explained the importance, evolution, functions, and goals of organizations, organization and church management, and ideal church organizations.
Rev. Lin Delai, vice president of Fujian CC&TSPM and vice president of Fujian Theological Seminary, further lectured on "Church Leadership and Management". He clearly pointed out that leadership and management were inseparable, as good church management could not be separated from a competent leader. Unlike other organizations, pastors, as leaders of the church, must be "spiritual leaders", which put forward a request for the personnel training of pastors. Based on the teachings of the Bible, Lin explained the relationship between church leadership and management of the church from various aspects such as the creation process, priesthood, and church ministry, so as to improve the ability to lead the church and to improve the level of managing the church.
Dr. Chen Yu, a full-time teacher at Guangdong Union Theological Seminary, delivered a lecture on "Paul's Theology". Dr. Chen analyzed the significant impact of Paul's theology on the development of Christianity based on the Book of Acts, Pauline epistles, and three missionary trips, guiding pastoral staff to think about their own faith history and devotion will.
In this course, the pastoral staff discussed questions after each study in groups, conducting mutual learning and exchanging through group reports.
Because this pastoral class coincided with the opening day of Guangdong Union Theological Seminary, all the teachers and students participated in the flag-raising ceremony of the opening ceremony.
- Translated by Livingstones Shi