ECLL enhances your learning experiences in four unique ways

  • Designed for busy lay people

  • Interactions with skilled trainers who will help you apply your marketplace knowledge to your church setting using a biblical lens

  • Guidance from Leader Mentors who themselves have substantial experience as lay leaders, and who are also skilled mentors

  • Modular and practically-oriented assignments that help you apply your learning immediately to your church context

The ECLL consists of 4 modules. Each module consists of 3 Zoom Sessions (2.5 hours each) and an extended 6 hr in-person session, totalling 13.5 hrs. The entire certificate is 54 hours long. To download the full brochure, click on "free preview" under Course Curriculum.

  • Biblical and Theological Foundations

  • Spiritual Formation of Others and Self-Care

  • Christian Leadership

  • Core Ministry Skills


Dr Lai Pak Wah

Principal, Lecturer in Church History & History Theology

Pak-Wah is BGST’s Principal and Lecturer of Church History and Historical Theology. He also serves as an elder at Mt Carmel BP Church where he oversees the church’s Hybrid Church Initiative. His interest is the very heart of BGST’s mission: which is to help Christians make sense of their faith at work, church and society. Previously, Pak Wah engaged in investment promotion work with the Singapore Economic Development Board and was a lecturer at the School of Business, Singapore Polytechnic. Pak-Wah holds a PhD from Durham University, UK, and is a certified Belbin coach. He enjoys engaging in Chinese culture and playing the cello.

Dr Kwa Kiem Kiok

Lecturer in Missiology and Integrative Studies

Kiem-Kiok is BGST’s Registrar and Lecturer in Missiology and Integrative Studies. She brings her legal and theological training, as well as work experience from the marketplace, church, and para-church organizations into this role. Previously, a Lecturer and Registrar at the East Asia School of Theology, she taught a variety of courses in inter-cultural studies there. She has published on a diverse range of subject including a contextual commentary on Matthew (ATA, 2017). She contributed to the Dictionary of Christian Spirituality (Zondervan, 2011), as well as on religious harmony in Faith in an Age of Terror (BGST, 2018). She and her husband, a Methodist pastor, enjoy walking in the outdoors.

Dr Tan Seng-Kong

Lecturer of Systematic and Spiritual Theology

Seng Kong heads BGST’s Educational Resources and Spiritual Formation. He is our Lecturer in Systematic and Spiritual Theology. A graduate from Regent College, Vancouver (MA, Spiritual Theology). Seng Kong completed his PhD in Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, where he focused his research on Jonathan Edwards' Doctrine of Salvation. Seng Kong was formerly an architect. He currently serves at Bethel Assembly of God. When he isn’t preoccupied with theological materials, he dabbles with indoor gardening, watches Korean media with his wife and eats Indian food with his son.

Mr Quek Tze-Ming

Lecturer in New Testament

Tze-Ming heads BGST’s Postgraduate Programmes and is the Lecturer in New Testament. After leaving legal practice, Tze-Ming served in student ministry with the Fellowship of Evangelical Students (Singapore). He then commenced theological studies, receiving a DipCS from BGST, an MDiv and a ThM from Regent College. He is presently a PhD candidate in New Testament Studies at the University of Cambridge. His special area of studies is in the use of the Old Testament in the New. Tze-ming serves in the teaching ministry of his church. He is married to Sharon, and they have two daughters. He maintains a lively interest in local food, football, and movies.


Mr Chiang Wen Wei


Wen-Wei has been a coach, trainer, keynote speaker and consultant since 1997, with clients that include CEOs and COOs from the top 200 largest companies in the world. He manages and develops ROHEI’s team of coaches, supporting the design and delivery of senior leadership training programmes. He was formerly chairperson on the board of Geylang Evangelical Free Church. Married for over 24 years, Wen-Wei has 3 beautiful daughters who are his pride, joy, and inspiration. Wen-Wei is a BGST alumnus.

Dr Ho Boon Tiong

Associate Lecturer

Boon Tiong is the Principal Consultant Educationist of ClassPoint Consulting, an educational training and consulting firm. His doctoral research focused on the domain of pedagogical content knowledge. He was previously Assistant Professor with the Natural Sciences and Science Education academic group, National Institute of Education. He is also the chairperson of the Local Church Executive Committee of Bedok Methodist Church, Singapore. He is married to Diana, and they have three children. Boon Tiong is a member of BGST’s Programmes and Services Committee.

Early Bird Price of $1800 applies till Mar 11, 2023

  • Dates

    Apr 1**, 13, 20, 27
    Jul 6, 13, 20, 29**
    Sep 7, 14, 21, 30**
    Nov 9, 16, 23,Dec2**

  • Time

    7:30 – 9:30pm
    **Extended ECLL Session(Sat): 9:30am –3:00pm

  • Venue

    Online except for extended sessions

Course Curriculum

  • 2

    Module 1: Biblical & Theological Foundations

    • Module 1 Overview

    • Module 1 Synopsis

    • Session 1: How to Read the Bible-Slides

    • Session 1: How to Read the Bible Part 1 Lecture

    • Session 1: How to Read the Bible Part 2 Lecture

    • Session 1: How to Read the Bible Part 3 Lecture

    • Session 2: Biblical Theology

    • Session 2: Biblical Theology - Lecture

    • Session 3: Fundamentals of the Christian Faith: Apostles Creed pt 1 - Lecture

    • Session 3: Apostles Creed pt 2 - Lecture

    • Session 3: Apostles' Creed - Lecture Slides

    • Session 3: Calvin's Institutes ch. 16 excerpt

    • Session 4: Church History for Cultural Engagement (Zoom)

    • History of the Church Engaging Culture (7 Parts)

    • History of the Church Engaging Culture

  • 3

    Module 2: Spiritual Formation of Self & Others

    • Module 2 Overview

    • Module 2 Synopsis

    • Session 1: Foundations of Christian Spirituality - Resources

    • Session 1: Foundations of Christian Spirituality - Lecture

    • Session 1: Foundations of Christian Spirituality - Lecture Slides

    • Session 2: Everyday Spirituality - Resources

    • Session 2a: Learning from the Benedictines - Prerecorded Lecture

    • Session 2b: Introduction to Ignatian Spirituality pt. 1 - Lecture

    • Session 2b: Introduction to Ignatian Spirituality pt. 2 - Lecture

    • Session 2b: Introduction to Ignatian Spirituality - Lecture Slides

    • Session 3: Loving God, Loving Self, & Loving Others - Resources

    • Session 3: Loving Others in Listening to Others - Lecture

    • Session 3: Loving Others in Listening to Others - Lecture slides

    • Session 3: Optional Reading - Fairbairn, "The Heart of Christianity"

    • Session 4: Half-Day Spiritual Retreat - Disciplines of Self Care

    • Session 4: Lecture pt. 1

    • Session 4 Reading: Huggett, "Why Ignatian Spirituality Hooks Protestants"

  • 4

    Module 3: Christian Leadership

    • Module 3 Overview

    • Module 3 Synopsis

    • Session 1: Frameworks for Leadership

    • Session 1 Lecture: Frameworks for Leadership

    • Session 2: Leading Teams with Belbin

    • Session 3: Coaching & Facilitation

    • Session 4: Ministry Strategy & Design

    • Session 2: Leading Teams with Belbin

    • Session 3: Coaching for Lay Leadership

    • Session 3: Coaching Lecture Notes

  • 5

    Module 4: Core Ministry Skills

    • Module 4 Synopsis Ministry Skills

    • Session 1: The Church as an Organisation

    • Session 2: Financial Governance in the Church

    • Session 3

    • Session 4

    • Session 2: Financial Governance in the Church

    • Session 2: Governance

    • Session 1: Church as an Organisation

    • Session 3: Project Management

Biblical Graduate School of Theology

BGST aims to bridge the gap between vocation and theology; we offer a thorough and systematic training programme for the whole people of God. This serves to help them live out their Christian faith in their vocations and be more effective in serving God, whether they are professionals in the workplace or Christian ministries.