Why Study Theology? (Reasons for Seminary Studies)

 

“My church is not growing like it used to.”

“I am not seeing the heart-change in those I disciple.”

“How does my ministry of providing for the poor fit into Jesus’s commandment in the Great Commission to make disciples?”

“The students in my youth group have so many questions that I’m not sure how to answer.”

There is no shortage of difficulties that plague those in Christian ministry today. The bigger question is: Where and how do we go about trying to find answers to these and other difficult questions?

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EAST eOpen House 2023

EAST eOpen House | 18 February 2023 | 9.30am SGT (open until 12.00 pm)

Have you been considering taking Bible classes or doing seminary studies, but are unsure about what to expect? Come for the interactive EAST eOpen House 2023 to find out more!

You can personalise your online exploration by joining any of the 6 electives (study disciplines) in 20-minute chunks, or enter any of the lounges to ask questions on student life, mentoring, admissions, immigration or academic matters. There’s also an information wall to satisfy your fact-finding needs. Join us online for the #EASTperience!

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Cru Singapore’s 50th Anniversary – His Story, His Glory

 

2022 is a milestone year for both Cru Singapore and EAST. On 17 September, Cru Singapore held a celebratory event at Bethesda Bedok-Tampines Church to mark her 50th anniversary celebrations and saw about 400 people gathering together for a time of worship, prayer, message, photo-taking at a photo-booth, and food (snack boxes were distributed and coffees made available to go with the pastries). Guests who arrived were treated to a keepsake coffee table book of over 50 stories titled “His Story, His Glory”. It is a collection of stories from the lives of Cru Singapore staff, disciples and volunteers from the pioneers, the present and even the past (one specially penned by Chan Chong Hiok on behalf of Chen Hui Lin, leader of Media Ministry for many years, who has gone back to the Lord).

Below are thoughts from an EAST staff, a faculty spouse and an alumnus who were present at the event. May their sharing give you a glimpse of the day’s festivities.

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eOpen House Reaches Out

EAST President Rev Dr Chan Chong HIok (right) and Dean of Academics Rev Liong Kwok Wai (left) warmly welcoming participants.

Just two days before the eOpen House was to take place, we only had 35 registrants which included some of our own staff and students. This event had been planned months ahead, and the publicity had also started way earlier than our first eOpen House in March 2021. God nonetheless provided the guests on the actual day, with over 100 from 10 different countries who zoomed in. We are grateful for God’s faithfulness in directing different ones to EAST, even in the midst of the pandemic.

Our EAST President Rev Dr Chan Chong HIok and Dean of Academics Rev Liong Kwok Wai both gave the participants a very warm welcome, along with our lively and interactive emcees, student Daniel Yoncer and ministry staff Agnes Kao. We had three breakout rooms catering to Visiting Students, International Students and Singapore Students hosted respectively by Rev Jonathan Yao & Dr Benson Goh, Rev Jacob Li & Ms Aitee Koh, and Dr Lau Ying Kheng & Ms Wong Ee Yuing. Different students were able to share their experiences at EAST during breakout sessions to give the participants a glimpse of what some termed as a little bit of “heaven on earth” while studying at EAST.

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An Open House into a New Season of Equipping

Click to view EAST resources page for prospective students

We had our first eOpen House on 17 March 2021 to extend a warm welcome to potential students around the world. For those seeking a suitable seminary for their season of equipping, it was a time of community outreach where our faculty, staff, students and alumni interacted with our guests as one school. To view a summary video of the event on our resource page, click here or the picture above.

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