ACADEMIC YEAR 2016-2017 HAS COME TO END….
This is the last quarter of the School Year 2016-17. During this “end of times” students are frantically meeting the class requirement deadlines.  Hopeful students are in quandary whether they are really graduating or “gradwaiting!”  The seminary graduation ceremony will be held on March 17, 2017.  There are more or less 130 candidates  for graduation in the Associate, Bachelor, and the Master degree programs.  Moreover, the Asia Baptist Graduate Theological Seminary has three Doctor of Theology degree candidates for graduation.  All the way from the United States, Dr. Rico Almiranez, is this year’s graduation speaker.  Dr. Rico is a PBTS and ABGTS alumnus and he is the current pastor of the Filipino Community Church in Hungtington Beach, California.

SUMMER INTERNSHIP
During the chapel service on March 9, Dr. Paul Tabon commissioned 33 students for their Summer Internship and encouraged and challenged the Interns to . . .
“Preach the Gospel faithfully and intentionally whenever there is an opportunity. Beseech the believers to imitate Christ; not themselves. Tactfully handle all issues of life and ministry; be careful, not careless, and to serve the Lord joyfully; not grudgingly. Integrity has to be maintained at all times. Never compromise the Gospel for the sake of self-satisfaction. Trust God always for all their needs. Enthusiasm in service is important. Respect all people in authority, and never murmur or complain while serving.”

STUDENT BODY
In February, the student body held an “Election Day” for their new set of officers for SY 2017-2018. The following are the newly elected Student Council officers:
President                            Genejob Azurin
VP Spiritual                       Michael Routh
VP Academic                     Mike Dizon
VP Social                            Mark Nam
Secretary                            Timmy Htoot
Treasurer                           Joy Sagun
Auditor                               Sylvi Pinky Chakrabarty

SEMINARY EDUCATION BY EXTENSION
The Seminary Education by Extension program continues to grow. There are now 30 active centers in the Philippines and 5 centers abroad.  For the past two years, 13 newly S.E.E. centers were approved both local and abroad.  A newly opened center and also the biggest SB church–the Tarlac First Baptist Church, is offering two subjects for 60 students enrolled.  There is approximately a total enrollment of 440 in the Extension program. Coming month of June PBTS President Dr. Armando Canoy, upon the invitation of Filipino SB churches, will be going to Australia to explore the possibility of opening a SEE program there.

INSTITUTIONAL PARTNERSHIP
Recently, the Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary was approved as a member of the International Council for Higher Education (ICHE). Through this newly established partnership with ICHE, the seminary will have a broader network with other theological and academic institutions, at the same time will open more avenues for professional and leadership development.

CAMPUS PROJECT AND SEMINARY-SPONSORED CONFERENCE
Finally, the three-storey building project named “ABGTS-PBTS Bahay Alumni” was successfully completed and it was inaugurated on January 9, 2017 during the seminary’s 48th Lide-Walker Bible Conference.

At this time, the seminary is preparing for the 2nd Dayot and Dickens Conference in Pastoral Care which will be conducted on April 23 to 26, 2017. This conference focusing on “The Be Attitudes: Diagnosis and Healing from the Inside Out” is open to pastors and counselors. Featured speaker is Dr. Douglas Dickens, a professor of Pastoral and Counseling at Gardner-Webb University, North Carolina, USA. Come and learn! Registration is at P1,000.00 inclusive of 5 meals, 3 nights lodging, materials, and snacks.

PRAYER CONCERNS

  • Board of Trustees annual meeting, March 15-16, 2017
  • More students for seminary education training
  • Fund raising campaign for student scholarships
  • Student body, faculty, and staff
  • Wisdom and guidance for the leadership of the seminary
  • Fast healing and recovery of Dr. Will Kwon, missionary faculty

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