After ten days of intensive learning, Zinzendorf School of Doctoral Studies' Annual Doctoral Colloquium successfully concluded. Over 30 doctoral students have received new insights in the fields of theology, hermeneutics, church history and missions, which will be applied in their respective ministry contexts.
New and returning doctoral students had the opportunity to take various core and elective courses during the Colloquium. Eight courses were offered this year including ’Doctoral Research and Presentation', 'Women in History and Theology', 'Advanced Biblical Hermeneutics', 'Historical Significance of Movements in the Development of Christianity', 'Global Missiology', 'Pastoring Cross-Cultural International Churches', 'Global Theological Consideration/Foundation' and 'Modern East Asian History Emphasizing Christian Influences'.
“I have gained new insights regarding mission during the Colloquium. I learnt that time and resource are the key factors that can determine the success of mission," First Year DMin student James Eliazer said.
“Though the early mission strategies impacted many mission fields, it still had its struggle in bringing the full extent of transformation in the macro level. I am being challenged and become more determined to resolve the practical problems we face in the mission field," Eliazer shared.
First Year PhD student Paul Förster was impressed by the intellectually stimulating environment. He said, “My fellow students come from very diverse cultural and educational backgrounds, so it was very enriching for me to listen to their questions and reflections.”
Förster described ZSDS’s professors as “professional and humble” because they are always ready to listen to the students, and adjust their instruction methods according to the students' specific needs. As one of the staff at Olivet Theological College and Seminary’s Dover campus, Förster is confident that ZSDS’s PhD program would prepare him to contribute effectively in the field of theological education.
Doctoral students will spend the rest of the doctoral year on their post-colloquium assignments and various projects.