Course Sessions: 


1. Biblical Basis for Tentmaking Mission     June 17, 24; July 1, 8 (Tue, 7.20-10pm)

2. Theology of Work                                         July 15, 22, 29 (Tue, 7.20-10pm)

3. Country/People Profile Studies                   July 18 (Orientation Date, Fri, 7.20-10pm) November 28 (Presentation Date, Fri, 7.20-10pm)

4. Tentmakers and Ethical Issues                    Aug 5, 12, 19 (Tue, 7.20-10pm)

5. Religions of Asia                                           Aug 26; Sep 2, 9 (Tue, 7.20-10pm)

6. Personal Ministry Skills                                 Sep 23, 30; Oct 7 (Tue, 7.20-10pm)

7. Understanding Culture                                 Oct 14, 21, 28 (Tue, 7.20-10pm)

8. Coping with Stress

      Nov 4, 11, 18 (Tue, 7.20-10pm)

TENT is a part-time modular course specially designed to equip and prepare professionals for ministry and service in a cross-cultural context. It is organized jointly by Biblical Graduate School of Theology (BGST) and the Discipleship Training Centre (DTC).


Who should attend? Christian professionals, executives and business associates and people who are seriously considering or preparing for tentmaking service in another culture or country.


(Visit our website for course details and registration)

Please note: Courses marked with an * are not offered on an audit basis.

Introduction to Apologetics

TS230, 3 credits (video class)

Required for MDiv

Starting Mar 6 (Thu), 8-10pm.

Lecturer: Dr Douglas Milne

Facilitator: Mr Brian Thomas

*Counselling Skills: Working with


CO235/ECF515, 1.5 credits

Starting Mar 19 (Wed), 7.15-10.15pm.

Lecturer: Mrs Christabel Hong

*Expository Preaching—Homiletics ll, AT244,1.5 credits (Required for MDiv)

Starting Mar 12 (Wed), 7.30-9.30pm

Lecturer: Rev Ng Seng Chuan

The Craft of Teaching

ECF511, 1.5 credits

Starting Mar 4 (Tue), 7.15-10.15pm.

Lecturer: Dr Ng Peh Cheng


3—9 March 2008

Issue No. 9            


Looking ahead …. to TENT

Text Box: Announcements

New Admission

MA in Education for Christian Formation

Chu Peishan is a Church Worker (gifted in music and leading worship) at the St. John’s, St. Margaret’s Anglican Church.  She is a graduate of the University of Western Australia and has worked as a Marketing Manager before joining the ministry.



We extend our condolences to Peter Chng on the demise of his mother on Sunday morning, 2nd March.


School Closure

The school will be closed on 13 & 14 March as all Faculty & Staff members will be attending a Workplan Seminar to follow up on discussions & plans arising from the recent Faculty & Council Planning Retreat. The Library will be open on 15 March (Saturday) as usual.


Annual General Meeting

This will be held at 31 Tanjong Pagar Rd, Multi-purpose Room (4th floor), Singapore 088454 on the 22nd day of March 2008 at 2:30 pm.

31 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088454   Tel: 62276815   Fax: 62276816   Email:


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Text Box: Cuppa Coffee Chat @BGST

What is essential is to know that the Christian life is mostly what is being done to you, not what you are doing. William Meredith’s poem “Chinese Banyan” gets it right:

I speak of the unremarked

Forces that split the heart

  And make the pavement toss—

Forces concealed in quiet

  People and plants …


(Eugene Petersen, The Wisdom of Each Other—A Conversation Between Spiritual Friends, Zonderven 1998)


             Chatting about “spiritual” things over coffee and cookies is not as intimidating as it might sound. In case you fear it’s all about exposing the darkest secrets of your soul, be at peace. You’re not even expected to talk the God-talk. In fact, I learnt that is exactly what “spirituality” is not about.


             We all expressed dissatisfaction with overly religious language in our Christian circles and our perplexity over how spirituality is expressed. And we were then asked to consider Eugene Petersen’s conclusion that it is all about “self-abandonment”. Now that would take a life time to unpack, if not to practice. Anyway, this is just to give you an idea of what goes on when we talk. We are led by some readings, we bounce our own perceptions off one another, we try to think more carefully about what our words actually mean in our living of them. So we extend our own understanding and we learn about each other too.


             We expect that the conversation each week will focus on one topic or another (with mutual agreement). There will always be some insights to pick up, and some connection made with others. You can be sure that the circle is always open to you. So drop in and have a good cuppa and chat. Remember, Wednesdays at 10.30 am on Level 4.