Thursday, July 18
Though the Nanjing Union Theological Seminary (NJUTS) now has a beautiful new campus, opened in 2009, its history began many years before. It was established by several Presbyterian bodies in 1904, and it became a nondenominational institution in 1911. With the Communist Revolution, the seminary was reorganized in 1951 and all foreign relationships were severed. It later closed in 1966 as part of the Cultural Revolution and was not reopened until 1979. At that time it became the only national seminary in China, a status it still retains.
Today NJUTS, which has 240 undergraduate and 40 graduate students, is an institution crucial to the future of Protestant Christianity in China. This is where China’s 20 regional or provincial seminaries or Bible schools all look for their professors, and it is the source of China’s future Christian leaders, who will give Christianity a voice among secular intellectuals and governmental officials—something it currently lacks.
NJUTS feels the burden of this responsibility and is making efforts to improve the quality of its professorial staff. Of the school’s 22 professors, three have doctorates and five are currently abroad studying for one. To meet its immediate teaching needs, NJUTS relies on foreign professors, and an entire apartment building has been set aside to house them. The PC(USA) is currently exploring with NJUTS the possibility of having Presbyterian professors teach either as visitors or as full-time staff.
—Rev. Dr. Michael Parker, former Evangelism Network catalyst, World Mission
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) People in Mission
Rev. Ho Ban, computer science teacher, Korean Chinese Vocational School
Amity Foundation: Mr. Qui Zhonghui, general secretary
China Christian Council: Rev. Gao Feng, president, Rev. Kan Baoping, executive associate general secretary
Nanjing Union Theological Seminary: Rev. Gao Feng, president, Rev. Chen Yilu, vice-president
National Committee of Three-Self Patriotic Movement of Protestant Churches in China: Elder Fu Xianwei, chairman, Rev. Xiaohong Xu, general secretary
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Hallie Lindsay, BOP
Stephanie Ling, BOP
Let us pray
God of unlimited resources, bless the efforts of NJUTS in this “day of small things,” that one day it will not only meet the growing needs of Chinese Christianity but astound the world and give glory to you. Amen.