Bresee Institute East finds home on Asia-Pacific NTS campus
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Manila, Philippines
On March 29, in a formal ceremony conducted at Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary, two large offices on the fourth floor of the Nielson Center for Evangelism and Education Building were turned over to the Bresee Institute East.

The Bresee Institute is known for its urban training and year-long programs affiliated with a variety of graduate institutions. 

Bresee Institute East is the Bresee Institute’s third campus. The first campus was formed at Los Angeles First Church of the Nazarene in 1983. The second is at Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. 

The Bresee Institute East ceremony was attended by the APNTS’s Board of Trustees, General Superintendent Eugenio R. Duarte, staff, faculty, visitors from local organizations, and students. Bresee Institute Director Fletcher Tink represented his board and APNTS President Floyd Cunningham signed the agreement between the two institutions, along with witnesses E. LeBron Fairbanks, retired education commissioner, and Duarte.   

A wide variety of individuals and churches has covered the upstart costs of furnishing the offices and providing the initial technological resources. APNTS professor Larnie-Sam Tabuena was assigned as the on-site assistant director.

The institute aspires to become a major center and broker for consultation, seminars, and materials related to its mission. It joins five other outside ministries on the APNTS campus, including the Donald Owens School of World Mission, the Philippine headquarters for the Church of the Nazarene, and World Mission Communications Asia-Pacific.

Numerous organizations and academic institutions have expressed support for the institute's goals, which include expanding curriculum in urban and compassionate ministries, developing urban internships, and producing an accredited PhD program in urban and compassion ministries to complement the existing PhD program in holistic child development under the direction of the Asia Graduate School of Theology. It is believed that the cost of this program will be less than one-third of an equivalent program in the U.S., including housing and transportation. 

Tink was invited by APNTS Academic Dean Lee San-Young to teach the initial courses in December and January. These courses include Introduction to Urban Ministry, Theology of Work, and a missions course, which will target students outside the Philippines interested in completing up to three transferrable courses. The students will be able to take advantage of brand-new campus housing, thanks to major contributions from two Korean churches. 

The Bresee Institute for Metro-Ministries, as the Kansas City version is known, has recently been contracted to supply the urban and compassionate ministry training for APNTS, as well as online undergraduate training with City Vision College and doctoral training with Bakke Graduate University of Seattle, Washington.

For more information, please contact Fletcher Tink at fletcht@aol.com or Lee San-Young at sylee@apnts.edu.ph. For more information about APNTS, see apnts.org.
--NCN News submissions