Training up pastors to minister to their communities is central for the Gospel to advance. Yet in China there are few seminaries for Christians to attend. Without seminaries, how can local Chinese Christians learn to become pastors?
Over 37 years ago, LiangYou Seminary was launched to fill this gap. The two-year Bible school curriculum is administered entirely over the radio, and has taught more than 12,500 students in the last 37 years.
Since January 2015, we’ve raised enough to sponsor 15 new students to earn a 2-year theological degree from FEBC’s LiangYou Seminary, one of the only on-air seminaries in the country.
China Ministry Highlights
Chinese Program Production
FEBC-Hong Kong is the major production center for our China broadcasts. It produces over 200 hours of programs monthly in Mandarin, Cantonese and other minority languages. Programs produced serve three different purposes: evangelistic, nurturing and training. FEBC-Hong Kong also hosts live programming from Hong Kong by Internet connection to the Philippines.
Chinese Programming Coordination
FEBC-Hong Kong also serves as the China Ministry Office (CMO), coordinating the daily production of 33.5 hours of programs produced by 6 FEBC studios in Singapore, Taipei, La Mirada, Vancouver, Toronto and Hong Kong. More than 32 hours of these programs are available on the Internet. These programs are broadcast from stations in the Philippines and Jeju, South Korea.
Liangyou Theological Seminary
This two-year Bible school offered by radio since 1992 trains pastors and lay leaders for ministry in China. As of July 2013, enrollment stood at 13,200 students, of which 2,500 are active.
Minority Language Broadcasts
For many years our Hong Kong office has been broadcasting to 7 ethnic groups exceeding several million people through programs in their own language. Minority language broadcasts are not only effective at sharing the gospel, they also help ethnic groups retain their own culture.
With the opening of Mainland China, FEBC-Hong Kong has carefully initiated additional in-country ministry, such as visiting listeners, distributing radios, CDs, and other materials. Over 35 seminars on family & marriage have been held with total attendance exceeding 5,000. Offices and studios have also been established within China. Radio production began in 2009, and in 2010 we began buying airtime from two FM stations, increasing to a 7th station in April 2012.