With an effort to bring higher theological studies and programmes for scholars in Church Ministry, Hindustan Bible Institute (HBI) Dimapur Regional Training Centre (DRTC), Ekranipathar, Dimapur and HBI Chennai Alumnae of Nagaland initiated collectively to set up Doctor of Ministry course in Dimapur. The programme was officially inaugurated Wednesday by Dr. Hukashe Zhimomi, director, Nagaland Development Outreach at Indigenous Cultural Centre, Jakhalu Building, Clock Tower Junction, Dimapur. The ministry would facilitate free D. Min programme for theological students who are interested in pursuing higher education.
Speaking as guest speaker, Dr. Hukashe lauded the centre for building ties with reputed institutions in the country to serve as channel for learning in the field of higher theological studies and ministry and called upon to uphold the vision and goal in serving the Churches and society.
Stressing the need for quality theological education, Dr. Hukashe said quality education would serve as a means to bring desired changes needed and individual, Church and society. However, he said quality theological education must be locally relevant and culturally appropriate in empowering the individuals, exploring the potential with broaden perspectives to cope up in a globalized world.
Dr. Hukashe also expressed hope that the ministry would keep up the high academic and ministerial standards in training and equipping younger generation and urged upon the gathering to provide quality leadership and prophetic leaders that reaffirms the aspirations of the Church based on integrity, honesty, openness and transparency.
He added the goal of pursuing higher theological education should live lives with purpose; not only to attain knowledge but also to channel knowledge into meaningful Christian services and as prophetic leaders stand in the gap between God and people.
Briefing the objective of Doctor of Ministry, Rev. Dr. Bobby Gupta, president and director, HBI Ministries, India said the motive of facilitating the D.Min programme was to serve the Church and provide national leaders who understand Christ for transformation of society in a globalized society.
In the programme Alobo presented special song, vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. H. Lamech Inbaraj, visiting faculty HBI, benediction was prayed by Rev. Chumben Kyong, Sr. associate pastor, Lotha Baptist Church and the programme was chaired by Dr. Hesheto Chishi, chairperson, HBI Alumnae.