BMS World Mission and Spurgeon’s College announce major new partnership

BMS World Mission and Spurgeon’s College announce major new partnership

BMS World Mission and Spurgeon’s College have developed a significant new partnership to enable a joint theological and mission training hub to open in September 2019, located at BMS’ campus in Birmingham.

Warmly welcoming the innovative development, BMS General Director Dr Kang-San Tan comments: “The strategic case for the partnership is strong. Spurgeon’s academic discipline and administration offers potential for course development and reach, as well as quality assurance. The remote learning capabilities that Spurgeon’s will bring to the partnership will enhance the BMS learning and training opportunities for mission workers, both pre-departure and ongoing. Spurgeon’s academic reputation and knowledge will be of great value as we develop BMS for the future.”

Echoing Dr Tan’s comments, Rev Prof Philip McCormack, Principal of Spurgeon’s College, says: “Having opened a successful hub in Cambridge last year, we are delighted to mirror that in Birmingham. This new partnership with BMS is strategically important to the future of the College and our governors have accepted a plan to invest towards growth.”

A white building with a car park in front.
BMS' campus in Birmingham will be the home of this new project.

BMS and Spurgeon’s intend to move quickly towards the College offering a whole range of courses from the Birmingham hub. Those may include, over time, BA, MA/MTh and DMin programmes, as well as the Equipped to Minister (EtM) programme which is delivered on Saturdays. An option within the BA programme would be a new pathway in pioneering or missional leadership currently being developed by Spurgeon’s with support from the Baptist Union of Great Britain.

Spurgeon’s Cambridge hub already successfully offers the EtM course, but a hub of the size envisaged for Birmingham is a significant new venture for both partners.

Philip McCormack adds: “We are both delighted to have support for the venture from the Baptist Union of Great Britain and from the Heart of England Baptist Association. This is a really exciting opportunity for mission and theological formation in the Midlands and far beyond, through online learning opportunities.” There is much to do, with a range of developments to complete prior to courses beginning, including a new library, software to enable online and remote learning and a range of other academic infrastructure.

But, as Kang-San Tan notes: “Hopes for our joint partnership are high, and there is a shared commitment in our primary aims to see leaders, churches and wider communities transformed through the good news of Jesus. There is a growing sense that this partnership could make a significant impact in the area of mission and theological formation in the UK and further afield.”

Further information:

BMS World Mission:

Mark Craig, Director of Communications

Spurgeon’s College:

Simon Jones, Vice Principal (Director of Ministerial Formation and Training)

Director for Mission appointed

BMS announces new Director for Mission

BMS World Mission appoints new Director for Mission.

BMS World Mission has confirmed that Rev Dr Arthur Brown has been appointed to succeed Rev Peter Dunn as Director for Mission.

General Director Dr Kang-San Tan commented: “The selection panel of four, led by me and including two BMS trustees, was unanimous in reaching the decision to appoint Arthur to this crucial role within BMS.”

He went on: “Arthur has substantial missional experience from his 13 years of service with BMS in Lebanon, with our partners at the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD), where his contribution was highly valued. He was selected from a strong list of candidates both from within and outside BMS.”

Rev Dr Arthur Brown, wearing a blue shirt and standing in front of greenery, is appointed as Director for Mission at BMS World Mission.

Rev Dr Brown has a background in youth and community development, cross-cultural Christian ministry, multi-faith work and higher education. He is committed to social and racial justice and to peace-building. He is passionate about seeing the local Church fully engaged with its local geographical community, ‘here on earth as it is in heaven’.

The date for when he will take up his new role is still to be confirmed.

Mark Craig, Director of Communications