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Leadercast Returns to the Hatfield Campus May 8, 2015

Leadercast 2015

Leadercast Returns in 2015

Leadercast exists to positively change the way the world thinks about leadership. This year’s theme - The Brave Ones - challenges leaders to focus on the courage necessary to lead. Experience Leadercast Live and discover what it means to be a leader worth following. Join us

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Counseling Fieldwork Expo on Main Campus: Nov 1

Counseling Fieldwork Expo

Dr. Dan Williams to speak at the Center for Urban Theological Studies

BTS MDiv and DMin alum Rev. Dr. Dan Williams is the Tuesday, September 23 speaker for the CUTS (Center for Urban Theological Studies)2014 Homecoming.


KSF Elects New President...

At the recent Korean Student and Alumni retreat in Connecticut the students elected Sansung Chang as the new Korean Student Fellowship president.

Sansung is pursuing his Master of Divinity degree at BTS. He is a humble servant who serves the Korean United Church of Philadelphia leading worship music.

Also elected as Vice President is student Yong Jung Lee.


Frank James speaks at NY Conference

Frank James from BTS

BTS President Frank James spoke at New Heart Mission Church in Manhasset, New York’s conference for the Missionary Calling of Korean American Churches in New York City.

Pictured below with Frank is BTS alum Reverend Paul Chung who pastors the church. For more on Pastor Chung, click here:

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Orientation Schedule for All New Students

Even our new student orientation at BTS has the personal touch. In addition to hearing from our student success team of staff and faculty, you will enjoy lunch or a light supper depending when your first class begins.

Check your program below to see the date and time of your orientation.

  • LEAD MDiv: Tuesday, September 2 – arrive between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m. before your first class
  • Non-cohort MDiv and MA: Monday, September 8 – arrive promptly at 9 a.m. before your first class
  • Counseling: Monday, September 8: arrive between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m. before your first class
  • Advanced Cultural Studies: Monday, September 8 – report to the cafeteria for lunch at noon and orienation at 1 PM

Following Jesus to Rwanda: Drs. Langberg and Monroe Lead GTRI Immersion Experience

Global Trauma Recovery

Trauma is the mission field of the 21st century. Trauma disrupts life, dissolves relationships, and hinders faith development wherever it is experienced. As an expression of the Gospel, missional Christians follow Jesus into the world to care for the least of these suffering the effects of trauma.

The Global Trauma Recovery Institute (GTRI) provides high quality continuing educational resources, skills training, and case consultation for mental health clinicians, ministry leaders, and professionals interested in addressing the needs of psychosocial trauma victims around the world.

The first GTRI cohort recently returned from Rwanda. In a country devastated by the genocide in 1994, they witnessed healing and hope—light penetrating darkness (John 1:5). Drs. Langberg and Monroe participated in the birth of the Rwandan Association of Christian Counselors, under the leadership of Baraka Paulette Uwingeneye, a counselor they have invested in for years. They also partnered with the Bible Society of Rwanda to lead a trauma healing conference. The group taught pastors, counselors, nonprofit leaders, representatives from the National University of Rwanda, and Bible Society volunteers on trauma, shame, addictions, suicide, and domestic violence. GTRI students counseled, participated in small group discussions, and provided case consultations to Rwandan counselors and leaders. Drs. Langberg and Monroe also partnered with an Anglican Bishop and provided trauma training to a group of pastors and leaders within that denomination.

The group visited Kigeme Refugee Camp where 18,000 Congolese live, many of whom have experienced significant loss and trauma. After touring the camp, the group met with 30 refugees who are trauma healing facilitators in the camp and heard story after story of healing. "Trauma takes us far away from God... these classes help us to grow closer again. We are standing because of God..." shared one facilitator.

In the words of Carine Toussaint, GTRI graduate and director of global outreach for Stone Hill Church:

We accomplished all we set out to do—encourage, strengthen, and equip those engaged in the hard work of global trauma and recovery. We, as GTRI students, wanted to have an “out of the book” learning experience as to how people cope with trauma and learn to live side-by-side with perpetrators after forgiveness, reconciliation, and mediation takes place. Rwanda gave us all those lessons and more. We had the opportunity to counsel one-on-one and in small groups. I learned from pastors, teachers, and lay counselors on post-traumatic symptoms and treatment. I cried, laughed, danced, and sang with some of the most courageous people I have ever met. I felt the heartbeat of Africa.

Emmanuel’s (General Secretary of the Bible Society of Rwanda) words will stay with me forever: “We thought we were dead or just animals. They called us cockroaches. You came; you sat with us; you listened; you saw us. We remembered that we were alive. We remembered that we were human.”

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Dr. Dunbar is Back in the Saddle Again...

Dr. Dave Dunbar, president emeritus and BTS professor of theology, celebrates his return to the classroom by teaching what is often called his signature course, “Authentic Biblical Interpretation”.

Plan now to spend Thursday mornings from September 11 to December 11 and experience Dave’s engaging teaching style. This 3-credit class is open to all students.

Enroll Today

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Pam Smith to address Rotary Club

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Pam Smith, VP for Student Advancement, will be speaking at the July 15 meeting of the Rotary Club of North Penn at the William Penn Inn. She will be sharing some of her most requested business and leadership tools.

Rotary is one of the oldest and largest service organizations in the world. It consists of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian services, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world.

BTS alum Will Liegel has been installed as the new president.


New Elective This Fall:

Dr. Williams

Dr. Dan Williams, BTS MDiv and DMin, will be teaching an exciting and engaging new course on the main campus this fall. The course is entitled “Transforming Global Systems with the Gospel” and will address how systemic realities impact churches and communities.

Plan now to be a part of this learning experience.


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