Monday, September 14, 2009

We do not apologise for increasing the academic rigour and standard

Largest Pentecostal/Charismatic Seminary Celebrates 30th Anniversary
Monday, Sep. 14, 2009 Posted: 9:02:42PM HKT

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The largest Pentecostal/Charismatic theological institution here has celebrated its 30th anniversary.

TCA College concluded its celebrations in early September with the graduation of its 20th batch of students.

In his personal message, the President of TCA College, The Rev Wilson Teo, highlighted the academic achievements of the seminary.

The Rev Teo named the increased academic rigour and standard as one of the achievements of the institution, which was founded by Trinity Christian Centre to raise Christian leaders for missions.

“Given our validation with the University of Wales and our accreditation with the Asia Theological Association, we are ensuring that our students are well equipped to handle the ministry and also an excellent student of God’s Word,” said The Rev Teo, responding to feedback from his students and faculty alike that the programmes at TCA College had become more demanding.

“This cannot be compromised given the high standing needed for anyone who ministers God’s Word in the Church or the market place. We do not apologise for increasing the academic rigour and standard because we know that we are grounding our students in strong biblical foundations that will help them in their future ministries. Students will need to work even harder than before and I know that they will be grounded on a solid foundation.”

Moreover, TCA College has established itself as the largest Pentecostal/Charismatic Christian college in Singapore and Malaysia, with over 1,000 students and more than 550 graduates.

These students come from more than 170 churches worldwide and are attracted by the ‘strong’ Pentecostal and Charismatic distinctives of the seminary, according to The Rev Teo.

The college president says it will continue to ‘harness’ the distinctive and offer courses that will equip students with ‘proper’ teaching in the area. The Rev Teo noted the college is presently investing in more resources in the area and aims to be a resource centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic studies in the region.

The president's message was posted on the TCA College website.

The Singapore campus of the TCA College has students from 34 nations.

Nathanael Ng

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