33A Chancery Lane, Singapore, 309554
Phone: (65) 62563208; Fax: (65) 2562705
Web site: www.dtc-singapore.org.
DTC seeks to glorify God by equipping Asian
graduates with adequate ministry skills1&
imparting to them a sound biblical world view2,
godly wisdom3, spiritual hunger and thirst4, and
a servant-spirit and shepherd-heart5. We aim to
do this through the discipling of the whole
person within a living community6 under the
Lordship of Jesus Christ. Thus equipped, we
return them to the Church in Asia to fulfil the
‘Great Commission’ (Matthew 28.18-20)
1. To be effective in ministry, one must have an adequate level of ministry skills, especially
relational and communication skills (Psalm 78.72)
2. A sound biblical world view is more than sound knowledge of biblical content though it is based
on it. It is possible for a person to win bible quizzes and yet be unrenewed in mind and
unregenerate in thinking! We want those who graduate from DTC to think with biblically renewed
minds, to perceive with biblical eyes. (Romans 12.2; Ephesians 4.23; 2 Timothy 3.14-17)
3. A godly wisdom which enables a person to see and be sensitive to the realities of a situation,
rightly assess that situation and discern appropriate responses and action to take in such a
situation. (Proverbs 2: James 3.13-18)
4. (Matthew 5.6; Philippians 3.10-14)
5. Our desire is for DTC graduates who are both skilled, gifted, knowledgeable and have a
servant-spirit and a shepherd-heart. But if we need to make a choice we would much rather
send out from DTC graduates who are less skilled, less gifted and less knowledgeable but who
have a deep servant-spirit and shepherd-heart than to send out those without a servant-sprit
and shepherd-heart, no matter how skilled, gifted and knowledgeable they may be. (Mark
9.33-37; 10.35-45; John 13.12-17; Acts 20.28-31; 1 Peter 5.1-4)
6. Teachers and students living, relating and learning together in a small cross-cultural
community under the Lordship of Jesus (Mark 3.14b; Hebrews 10.24-25) and the availability of
teachers for one-to-one or small group fellowship, mentoring, discipling and role-modelling, are
a key distinctive of DTC’s ethos of training. (1 Corinthians 11.1; 1 Timothy 4.12b).
The Discipleship Training Centre is a residential community
The Purpose that provides courses of biblical, theological and cross-
cultural studies to prepare Asian graduates for future
of DTC ministry. A strong emphasis is placed on spiritual growth
and personal development alongside academic excellence.
DTC is a community of people from different ethnic, linguistic
The Ethos and denominational backgrounds. Our aim is not simply to live
Of DTC together, but to enter into a fellowship of God's people as a
practical expression of the unity for which Jesus prayed. This
requires a high level of commitment, and a willingness to set
aside our dislikes and fears. Our aim is that in the process of living together, we will
become better servants of Christ and be more closely conformed to his image.
DTC life involves not only lectures and private study, but also regular times of
fellowship and worship. We meet to praise God as a community, encourage and
pray for one another, have fun together and seek to build each other up in our
relationship with God.
Much of our community life is lived at an informal and unstructured level.
Community life is much more than just living together on the same property. We
want to grow together, to learn from each other and to encourage each other. It is
not easy to live in a multicultural residential community and we need to exercise
patience and forgiveness. But at the same time it is a real privilege to live alongside
and learn from brothers and sisters from all over Asia. It is the testimony of many
alumni that their two years at DTC were among the most significant and enriching
periods of their lives.
The fees for one academic year (2 Semesters) are S$7,000 (for Academic Year
2009/2010) and then to be revised to S$8,000 (for Academic Year 2010/2011),
subject to review. This contributes mainly towards board and lodging (though it only
covers about 30% of the total actual costs). Actual tuition fees are S$750 per
semester, and are already included in the calculation of the fees per academic year.
Students also need extra money for books and personal expenses (about S$150 per
month). In addition, students will need to be covered under a medical insurance
scheme, which costs S$200 per person per year. There are different rates for
Students, who wish to stay at DTC in December and/or June, need to pay S$300 for
each of these months for lodging (no board i.e. no food provided). It may be possible
to arrange for students to do jobs at DTC in lieu of part or the whole of the S$300
for each of these months. A refundable security deposit varying from S$1000 to
S$5000 is to be paid to the Immigration Department of Singapore by the students
for the duration of their stay in Singapore. If students are unable to raise this
deposit, DTC may do so on their behalf. In this case the students will be responsible
for any charges that are incurred in servicing that loan.
WHO MAY COME TO DTC
The requirements for entry into DTC are:
1. A personal commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.
2. The endorsement of a local church.
3. A good working knowledge of English (TOEFL score of 500 or equivalent for
the Diploma in Christian Ministry, or 550 for the Master of Christian
4. A university degree or professional equivalent plus working experience.
5. The provision of sufficient finance for the course.
First semester: From the 1st or 2nd Monday in July
Quarter 1 9 weeks
Break 2 weeks
Quarter 2 8 weeks
Break 7 weeks*
*During this break students spend two to four weeks in a cross-cultural field
education or mission experience.
Second Semester: From the 1st or 2nd Monday in January
Quarter 3 8 weeks
Break 2 weeks
Quarter 4 9 weeks
Break 7 weeks*
Qtr 1 Break Qtr 2 Break Qtr 3 Break Qtr 4 Break
*Some years may differ slightly. For example in 2005 the cross-cultural mission
experience will take place in September instead of November December.
DTC offers the following programmes:
a. Certificate in Christian Ministry
Students who complete one full year of the diploma course at an adequate level may
be awarded the Certificate in Christian Studies. Students need to complete 24
b. Diploma in Christian Ministry
This is a two-year programme in which students are required to obtain 48 credits.
This is our standard course.
c. Master of Christian Ministry
This is a two-year programme. Students are required to complete additional
courses and assignments and are expected to complete more reading than those on
the Diploma programme. 60 credits with a minimum B+ average, are required for
the MCM. This is an advanced course.
d. Master of Christian Studies (by dissertation)
Students who complete the two-year Diploma in or Master of Christian Ministry
programme with a minimum B+ average may submit a dissertation. This dissertation
should be not less than 20,000 and not more than 30,000 words and will be assessed
by an external examiner. The student will be given a supervisor for the writing of
this dissertation. Research and writing will normally take from six to twelve months
to complete and may be done residentially or non-residentially. Normally the MCS
may only be done by DTC graduates. If the dissertation is approved the candidate
will be awarded the Master of Christian Studies Degree.
Note: One credit hour is equivalent to 16 hours of class time and at least 32 hours of
A full course load per quarter for Diploma students is 5 credits, and for MCM students it is
Each quarter DTC offers subjects from each of the following categories.
The subjects in each category are as follows:
The first year is an introductory study of the Old Testament, surveying the
Pentateuch, the Historical Books, the Prophets and the Writings. It covers the
history of beginnings and traces the story of salvation from the call of Abraham to
the return of the Jews from exile. By the end of the first year, the student should
have an understanding of God’s redemptive plan, the distinctive themes of most of
the OT books and an appreciation of the history of Israel within the wider context
of the Ancient Near Eastern world. Attention is also given to see how the message
of the OT is relevant to Asia today.
In the second year selected OT books are studied. This will help the student
examine the text more closely and will help him or her acquire exegetical skills
which are needed for ongoing study of the Bible.
Genesis or Deuteronomy
Ezra/Nehemiah or one of the OT historical books
Isaiah or Jeremiah or Amos
Psalms or Job
The first year is an introductory study of the New Testament, covering the Four
Gospels, Acts, Pauline letters and General Letters. The student will learn about the
life and teaching of Jesus Christ from the four Gospels, with attention given to the
distinctive theological themes of each Gospel and the cultural, religious, political and
social background of the first-century world. The student will also learn about the
growth of the early church, examining the content of apostolic preaching and the
missionary methods of Paul. A general survey of Pauline letters and General letters
will examine various issues, which the early Christians faced.
In the second year various NT texts are selected for more in-depth exegesis. There
will also be a study of Revelation.
The Gospel of John
1 Corinthians or Galatians
Hebrews or Pastorals
This section is designed to equip students to be aware of issues in Asia and to
develop a biblical response to these issues. A perspective of the past is provided by
the study of Asian Church History, which traces the work of God in Asia from Acts
2 to the present. Students will also learn to do theology from an Asian perspective.
Asian Church History I
Asian Church History II
Asian Religions I
Asian Religions II
Current Trends in Asia
Introduction to Hermeneutics
Hermeneutics for Asia
This section of the course aims to give students a foundation in missiology and
theology. Missiological topics are intended to give all students an understanding of
the relationship between theology and culture. Topics also include the biblical and
theological basis of mission and mission in non-Western contexts. The theological
topics aim to give an overall introduction to major themes of Christian theology.
The course concentrates on God, the person and the work of Christ, and the
person and work of the Holy Spirit. A biblical-theological approach is used there.
Gospel and Culture I
Gospel and Culture II
Theology of Missions
Two-thirds World Missions
Issues in Mission
These courses deal with the more practical aspects of Christian living and ministry.
Students will learn more about themselves and how to relate to others, both in
ministry situations and in a group. They will also learn to develop a biblical basis to
address contemporary ethical issues.
Pastoral Studies I
Pastoral Studies II
Issues in Counselling
Christian Ethics I
Christian Ethics II
These courses will enable students to communicate their Christian faith to others in
a way that is both acceptable and appropriate to the age, culture, background and
ability of the target group. They will include methods of evangelism, preaching,
teaching, leading Bible studies and church planting.
Inductive Bible Study
NT Greek – In addition MCM students have the option of taking New Testament
Greek. This course is an introduction to basis New Testament Greek, which will
enable students to begin to read, and exegete simple NT Greek passages with the
help of appropriate exegetical tools.
Note: Some of the subjects listed here are taught in alternate years.
Interdisciplinary Paper – This is for MCM students only. This is a guided
research paper in an approved topic of their own choice. Here the student must
bring together under one theme reflection from a range of studies. This research
will be supervised by a member of the faculty.
In addition all Diploma and MCM students are required to do Field Education.
There are two components to this. The first is the weekly slot in which students are
expected to be engaged in some form of Christian ministry. This is to enable the
student to learn and develop skills in a number of different areas. The second is a
two to four-week full-time placement in which the student is involved in some kind
of Christian ministry in a cross-cultural situation. These usually take place during the
November-December break. On alternate years, the student will be involved in a