I arrived back from Manila early on Sunday morning -
and now I feel more-or-less over the jet lag!
The Asia Theological Association (ATA) meetings went well.
The ATA agreed to revise the evaluation and accreditation process!
The Accreditation Manual sets out the standards and the process for evaluation of training programs.
As a result of the different meetings and discussions,
the Asia Theological Association agreed to a new plan for revision of the Accreditation Manual.
This revision could bring about many good changes.
Here are some of them:
greater connection between training programmes and the churches they serve
more integration of different aspects of training - spiritual and character development, ministry skills and academic achievement
new standards for learning, teaching and assessment
more attention to the outcomes and the impact of the training programme.
new encouragement for continuing professional development of teaching staff.
So there's quite a bit of work to be done now.
The next milestone planned is a three-day workshop for the small revision committee in Hong Kong in April.
The plan is to have the revised Manual ready for presentation to the Triennial ATA Assembly in August.
This feels like a significant, demanding and exciting task.
We continue to value your partnership in prayer!
Thank you again!