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Hudson Taylor University exists to provide students with a  Biblically-based education designed to prepare them for success in  religious or secular careers by enhancing spiritual, ministerial, and  theological knowledge and abilities. HTU encourages students to  regularly practice Christian service so that they may use their gifts  for the glory of God, and it is natural that students should be involved  in ministry formation programs for the purpose of spiritual  development. HTU’s Chapel offers the opportunity to increase  faithfulness, biblical knowledge, and theological knowledge. Practical  experiences with local churches and the community allow the students to  put their knowledge and ministerial abilities and gifts into practice. 

HTU’s ministry formation program, known as the Christian Service  Program, is an integral part of the total Christian service experience.  It develops and solidifies the spiritual aspects and commitments of  theological education outside the classroom. The program integrates  academic and theological knowledge and the application of practical  skills to equip students with the experience of real-world ministry that  will aid them in their careers as ministers of the Word. 

The Christian Service Program has four goals:

1. To train students to take action in faith through obedience to the word  of God, and providing opportunities for students to balance their  scriptural study with practice by allowing them to participate in  practical experiences of Christian ministry. Students are encouraged to  fulfil the word of God by active participation in ministry areas in  local churches or the community. This serves to aid students in  integrating their faith and learning by requiring them to exercise  spiritual discipline and to develop or further their personal ministry  skills. 

2. To give students the opportunity to use Biblical truths and principles  and the meaning of Scripture in local churches and communities.  Philippians 4:9 states “Whatever you have learned or received or heard  from me, or seen in me, put it into practice.” The Christian Service  Program helps students to fulfil this command. 

3.  To allow students to fulfil the gospel mission, as commanded in 1  Timothy 4:11 “Command and teach these things.” Practical teaching  ministry in local churches and communities helps bring the word of God  to the people and trains students in actual ministerial duties. 

4.  To help students to develop their personal talents in service. The Bible  teaches Christians to use their God-given gifts to serve Him, His  Church, and the community. The Christian Service Program is designed to  inspire and aid students to influence the world, and to demonstrate a  keenly-developed sense of commitment to glorify God in all aspects of  their daily lives. 

The Christian Service Program has three components: chapel  attendance, practical ministry service, and an integrative seminar  course (MATS students are not required to take the seminar course).  Chapel attendance (known at HTU as Institutional Requirement), is a  non-credit course which requires students to attend chapel services once  a week.


HTU’s Ministry Formation program consists of two parts. The first is a  several-semester-long course that awards a half-credit per semester,  for a total of two to three credit hours, depending on degree program.  Overall credit for this course will be awarded upon completion of the  student’s penultimate semester of enrollment. During the period that a  student is enrolled in these courses, their instructor holds class not  less than four times per semester, to monitor the students’ progress.  The second part of the program is the Senior Integrative Seminar course,  taken during the student’s final semester of enrollment, and which  includes practical service accompanied by formal lecture and seminar  discussions.


The Program is supervised by the Director of Ministry Formation, who  is a full-time faculty member. These courses require the student to be  overseen by an approved supervisor in an approved service situation,  which may range from actual ministry in a local church to evangelism,  mission, or outreach work. The student submits a monthly report  explaining their service duties, their reactions, lessons learned, etc.  At the conclusion of the course, the supervisor submits a report  detailing the student’s abilities, and strengths. Based on these  reports, the student is evaluated on his or her ministry skills and  issued a final grade for the course.

CHRISTIAN SERVICE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies (BABS)

Required enrollment:


1. PT401-406 Ministry Formation (0.5 credit × 6 semester = 3 credits)

Students must serve in at least two of the ten approved ministry  areas over the period of their second to seventh semesters of  enrollment.


2. PT490 Senior Integrative Seminar (3 credits)

Students must enroll in this course during the final semester of  their enrollment. This course includes the last part of the practical  ministry component.


3. IN301-IN308 Institutional Requirement (Chapel)

Students are required to attend chapel services once a week for the duration of their enrollment.

Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS)

Required enrollment:

 

1. PT501-504 Ministry Formation (0.5 credit × 4 semester = 2 credits)

Students must serve in at least two of the ten approved ministry  areas over the period of their first to fourth semesters of enrollment.


2.  IR501-IR504 Institutional Requirement (Chapel)

Students are required to attend chapel services once a week for the duration of their enrollment.

Master of Divinity (MDiv)

Required enrollment:


1. PT701- PT703 Ministry Formation (1 credit × 3 semester = 3 credits)

Students must serve in at least four of the ten approved ministry areas over the period of their entire enrollment.


2.   PT790 Senior Integrative Seminar (3 credits)

Students must enroll in this course during the final semester of  their enrollment. This course includes the last part of the practical  ministry component


3.  IR501-IR506 Institutional Requirement (Chapel)

Students are required to attend chapel services once a week for the duration of their enrollment.


Note that participation in this program is a mandatory part of  enrollment at HTU, and no degree will be awarded until the service  component is complete. Students transferring in to HTU from other  institutions must also enroll in the requisite CSP courses; the amount  of coursework and credit necessary will be determined on a case-by-case  basis by the student’s advisor in consultation with the Chaplain and the  Academic Dean. 

Approved Ministry Fields

Evangelism


Service


Teaching / Bible Study


Social Justice


Missions / Outreach


Children’s Education


Chaplaincy


Music Ministry


Parish Ministry


Administrative


Evaluation 


Credit for CSP participation is assessed as follows:


  1. Chapel: Chapel attendance is recorded weekly. Students missing a  chapel service must speak to the Chaplain to be allowed some other way  of fulfilling this portion of the requirements.
  2. Ministry Formation and Senior Integrative Seminar
  3. Lecture: Classroom attendance and participation required.
  4. During the period of enrollment in the CSP, these documents must be submitted

by the student:

  • Form I: Approval of Student Ministry (due the first month of each semester)
  • Form II: Ministry supervisor’s final evaluation (due the end of the semester)
  • Form III-a, b, c: Three separate Ministry Reports (one due the last week of every month of the semester of enrollment).


The supervisor at the site will provide the final evaluation, after  which the instructor will assess a grade. Complete details of the  Christian Service Program may be found in the Christian Service Program  Handbook, available from the HTU main office.