In keeping with our philosophy of ministry, which includes an indigenous ministry and growth by networking, we approach ministerial training as a key factor in the growth of our mission fields. As all of our mission fields where we are serving people for whom Chinese is currently their first language, the importance of Chinese-speaking church workers is very great. In fact, in every mission field where we are working with Chinese people, it is critical to identify a Chinese man to serve in some capacity of ministry. In most cases, the Chinese men studying for ministry bring the mission field with them, consisting of friends, relatives, and acquaintances. Often the Chinese man is identified first, with the mission field coming with him. Inasmuch as the potential of the mission field depends upon the man and his connections with the Chinese community, we encourage the ministry student to conduct outreach as he is studying. Accordingly, the training in every situation is being done ‘on location’ in the mission field.
We are strongly encouraging these students, as they are able, to have experience at summer school at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, attending separate classes designed for our Asian students and taught by teachers working in the Asian mission fields. For this reason, we have several situations in which ministry students are working with a Kingdom Workers or BHM grant to allow them to quit their jobs and devote their entire time to studying, outreach, and ministry as Chinese families gather for worship and Bible study.
Shepherd of the Hills hosts Asian Seminary Training.