Chinese language learning opportunities have mushroomed in recent decades. For those seeking to work specifically with the church in China, however it is still not easy to find a program that covers both the requisite theological vocabulary and is accessible to non-native speakers.
Recently Logos Evangelical Seminary in Los Angeles launched a new program aimed at filling this gap. Called the Logos Total Immersion Program (L-TIP), it combines classroom training in theological Chinese with individual instruction in speaking, reading and writing.
According to Dr. Rick Cook, a professor at the seminary, the "total immersion" program offers students the opportunity to live and study at Logos, along with the assistance of a qualified Chinese language tutor.
The program is designed specifically for individuals planning to serve full-time in Taiwan, China, or in Chinese communities internationally. Students will receive in-depth courses in leadership, spiritual formation, cross-cultural service and other subjects, taught in Mandarin by highly qualified faculty. In addition, participants in the program take part in service opportunities in the southern California area, which boasts a large Chinese population.
Courses taken for Logos credit are ATS accredited, and thus can be transferred into or out of any seminary in North America. Students who already have a master's level degree in theology can take the one year certificate program, or students with a bachelor's degree can enroll concurrently in the certificate and a master's level degree program."
Students are required to have at least two years of college level Mandarin.
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