I learned very much from the examples and experiences of the lecturers -- and it clarified my theological thinking and my commitment to Christ's mission. (Indonesian Graduate '05)
The program brought a renewed exuberance and passion to me and the ministry where God has called me. (Philippines, '05 Grad)
Every time I take a new course in this program, my spiritual life is refreshed. My desire to study God's Word is greatly promoted. My prayer life is deepened. I always thank God for sending me to this program. (Myanmar Grad '05)
A US Degree in Asia!
Based in Chiang Mai, Thailand
ABTS maintains an office in Chiang Mai, Thailand with a full-time staff for the purpose of general management and oversight of the program as well as to provide a centralized core of full-time scholars and teachers. This central office also serves as a resource and consultation center of curriculum, and research materials for theological education in Asia. Seminars are taught by a carefully selected roster of full-time faculty members, professors from the Grand Rapids campus and qualified adjunct faculty with experience in Asia.
Asia Biblical Theological Seminary exists to provide theologically conservative graduate education in Asia to Bible school professors, pastors, missionaries and local church leaders, to the end that our students and graduates will be better equipped to serve the Lord in their ministries. Our goal is to accomplish this by helping to shape Asian theology and to enhance ministry competencies by honing already-existing ministry skill-sets.
Students studying in Asia Baptist Theological Seminary will:
1. Appreciate the centrality of the Biblical text; demonstrate competence in exegeting, interpreting and applying Scripture in personal and ministry situations.
2. Develop theological convictions and philosophies of ministry; integrate these principles into personal life, cultural milieu, and ministry settings.
3. Synthesize new insights from seminars, reading and analysis into ministry contexts; trace the end results of ministry innovations, either verification of methods applied or analysis of failure and lessons learned.
4. Apply critical thinking in reading, writing and discussion; evaluate relevant data and make decisions consistent with the truth of Scripture.
5. Evaluate concepts of leadership utilizing effective organizational and group communication skills; network with colleagues who can support one another in the ministry.
6. Analyze culture from a distinctly Christian worldview; develop methodologies for and deepen commitments to building Christ’s church worldwide.
To encourage our students’ growth in biblical character, ABTS limits enrollment to those who seek to live in conformity with the teaching of scripture and to fulfill their responsibilities as students and Christians. We ask, therefore, that students certify their willingness to abide by the following basic standards of conduct:
1. To seek to obey every divine command in order to maintain a right relationship with God, fellow man, and the created order.
2. To participate in Christian service and faithfully attend a local church.
3. To study carefully and complete course work to the best of their abilities.