Mongolian Adventists Gain Via Distance Learning
s the new year began, Seventh-day Adventists in the Mongolia Mission Field (MMF), working with the Northern Asia-Pacific Division, launched a distance learning center (DLC) program in Mongolia, run by the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (AIIAS) in Silang, Cavite, Philippines. The DLC will provide local pastors and church leaders with an avenue for upgrading their skills and augmenting their academic learning and technical competencies in ministry. The program will hold classes once every quarter for five years.
The first session took place January 14-30, 2013, with Youngsoo Chung, AIIAS professor of applied theology, presenting a “Biblical Foundation of Leadership” course at MMF’s headquarters.
This first distance learning course provided 32 MMF students with a foundational understanding of the principles and approaches to biblical leadership; identified the essential characteristics, qualities, and requirements of Christian leaders; appreciated various biblical models of leadership and leadership activities; and helped to coordinate missional leaders working together on a regional, national, and global level.
The DLC program is key to promoting a strong ministerial development plan that will train and develop Seventh-day Adventist pastors in Mongolia, church leaders said.
—reported by the Northern Asia-Pacific Division