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Director’s keynote address at Users’ Forum

Keynote talk by MSTEE Director, P. Enkhmunkh at the Users’ Forum
26 April 2011

First of all, I am delighted to announce that the MSTEE has been granted registration as an NGO serving a defined membership. As from May 1, the MSTEE will be operating under its new registration, and with its new stamp. Thank you to all of you for your prayers during this long process!
Now that the MSTEE is officially an independent legal entity, we have additional responsibilities: the responsibility for generating funding, and keeping our house in order rests firmly on our shoulders. We have a clear vision for sustainable operations with funding generated in Mongolia so that we are not dependent on outside funding.

There are four pillars for the future of the MSTEE:
1. Sustainable ministry
2. High performance team
3. Accredited programmes
4. High quality programmes

1. Sustainable Ministry.
Sustainable ministry requires that we work towards independence from outside funding. If funding from sources outside Mongolia dried up, we want to be able to keep providing a service to the Mongolian churches. Therefore the MSTEE Board made a decision last month that we would no longer subsidize the cost of courses to the churches. The School should be able to reprint courses with the income from their sales.
2. High performance team.
We are looking now for a team of people with the vision for ministry with the MSTEE for the next ten, twenty or thirty years. People who will grow in their work, who will know every course book inside out, and be able to provide the high level of support that the churches deserve.
3. Accredited programmes.
The Certificate level program is already accredited by the Asia Theological Association. Those who studied the courses before the Practical Workbooks were added have found the addition stretching and challenging. I can tell you we will be challenging you still further, because our goal is to produce quality graduates! It won’t be easy – in the future, you may find that you are required to prepare longer written pieces of work, or prepare a thesis!
4. High quality programmes.
We are content with the Certificate in Christian Ministry programme, but we are looking again at the Foundation Level programme. We believe that there may be a number of really helpful courses, including ones like Proverbs and Talking with God that could be added. We will work to develop the Diploma level programme structure over the next year.

Tutor training: we will now focus more on quality than quantity. The days of training workshops with thirty or forty participants are over! We are now looking at workshops with a maximum of fifteen participants so that we can make sure that each participant has the skills to lead a group effectively and feels confident about starting up a group.

We look forward to continuing partnership with you and your churches!
P.Enkhmunkh

TEE conference in Nepal

Increase Conference, held in Kathmandu Nepal, 4-8 October 2010

‘21st Century TEE in Asia: Challenges and Opportunities’

Press Release

Seventy-five Christian leaders, including sixty from more than twenty countries across Asia, met for an historic conference in Kathmandu, Nepal, from 4th to 8th October, 2010. These leaders are all involved in a form of church-based discipleship and ministry training known as TEE or Theological Education by Extension. The programs they represent included around 100,000 active students in Asia in 2009.

This extraordinary conference brought together people like Maria, who’s recently been training tutors in the middle of Siberia; Nabil who prepares TEE courses used throughout the Middle East; Lee, who is reshaping a training program to equip tutors throughout India; Philip, running a programme in Papua New Guinea with over 700 students and Muratbek, from a Central Asian country torn by ethnic unrest.

The main aim was to provide further training for participants in key aspects of running a TEE programme. Prime time was given to three training tracks on ‘Leading a national TEE programme’, ‘Training and supporting TEE tutors’ and ‘Developing TEE courses and curriculum’. Case studies, Special Interest Groups and Panel Discussions gave more opportunities for participants to learn together, and many significant conversations forged personal connections between different national TEE movements.

Why a TEE conference at this time?

In many areas of Asia, the church is experiencing tremendous growth. One example is Nepal itself, hermetically sealed against the gospel until around fifty years ago, but now with one of the fastest growing churches in Asia. This creates a huge challenge: how can the rapidly growing churches train enough leaders, and equip so many believers for effective service? Bible colleges are only able to train just a fraction of the leaders needed, and usually these few are drawn from the small minority who can leave their natural community to spend some years in intensive study. And it’s not just church leaders who need to be equipped for effective service! All believers need help, in the face of the challenges of 21st Century Asia, to be salt and light, bringing transformation where they live.

Church leaders need resources that help them equip all the saints for the work of ministry. TEE is one such resource. It’s not ‘distance learning’ for isolated individuals. Rather, it combines individual home study with local small group meetings and practical assignments in church and community, so providing a powerful learning combination of study, practice and reflection. So, TEE provides training that is accessible to believers where they are – not only in the big cities, but also in the remote areas of the countryside. It is directly applicable in the family, community, church and workplace, and affordable so that everyone can benefit from it.

An address from the Chair of the WEA Theological Commission

The conference was honoured by a visit from Dr Thomas Schirrmacher, the Chair of the WEA Theological Commission. He drew attention to the strategic relevance of TEE in the 21st century in three particular areas: first, that TEE has the potential to teach and train the huge numbers coming to faith; secondly, that TEE does not require a ‘visible ‘ Bible School and is therefore a practical and creative option for Christians living in situations of persecution, and thirdly, since TEE trains people in the challenging situations where they are, it helps train leaders who are equipped to lead through the challenges. This last point is especially important for Christian leaders living with different religious communities.

Participants encouraged

Many participants said they felt a real sense of partnership of the TEE movements throughout Asia. New initiatives and new plans are starting to come from new and deeper friendships. There is a real sense of excitement about what the Lord will do with TEE. As the introduction to the Conference Statement puts it, ‘Our vision is that in the 21st century, the Lord would use the TEE movement in Asia powerfully to strengthen churches, helping them to

multiply, equipping all believers to bring transformation in all areas of society for the growth of his kingdom and the glory of his name.’

The conference was organized by Increase, a group united by the desire to help train members and leaders of rapidly growing churches in the non-western world in the context of their daily life and ministry.

See www.increaseaccess.net

and for further information contact increasenetwork@gmail.com

13 October 2010

MSTEE Certificate gets ATA Accreditation

ATA evaluation team meeting with church leaders

In October 2009, an evaluation team from the Asia Theological Association (ATA) spent three days at the MSTEE office with a view to accreditation of the Certificate in Christian Ministry program. In preparation for the visit, the MSTEE staff went through a detailed self-study process based on an ATA questionnaire. We looked at each aspect of the work of the MSTEE: program design and structure, tutor training, student assessment, record keeping, accounting, publicity – every aspect of the work. There were three people in the visiting team: Dr. Narendra John, Secretary of the Accreditation and Educational Development of the ATA, from India, Dr. Pieter Thieron, Principal of the Christian Leadership Training Institute in Darkhan, Mongolia and J. Purevdorj, Principal of the Union Bible Theological College in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. They brought a wealth of warmth and experience with them. They met with pastors of churches using the Certificate in Christian Ministry program, some tutors, students, graduates, and members of the MSTEE Board, as well as looking over the School’s records. They were very positive about the program, and the potential for extension education to provide a solid basis for ministry in church and society throughout Mongolia. The result was that they recommended the program for accreditation. Hallelujah!
In one sense, of course, ‘the proof of the pudding is in the eating’ and the worth of any program is not to be measured by accreditation or lack of it. However, although the evaluation proces was somewhat daunting, we have found it very encouraging. The whole process has made us look closely at each part of the School’s work, and helped us to make significant improvements. In today’s Mongolia, potential user churches want to know that any program they might invest time in is recognized internationally. Our prayer is that this accreditation will lead to many more churches benefitting from sustained study and application of God’s Word. Please join us in praying that many thousands of effective ministers will graduate from this program in the future!

The final comment is from a graduate of the Certificate program:
‘…tutors need to understand that they are preparing many disciples, according to the Great Commission. It’s important that we understand that we are not just teaching lessons, we are preparing powerful disciples, powerful ministers by means of these training materials.’