Chinese Underground Leaders Earn Degrees From King’s U

by | Jun 14, 2011 | Charisma Archive

kingsu_chinesegraduationIn a historic first, seven Chinese leaders from the underground church received Doctor of Ministry seminary degrees Sunday from The King’s University in Los Angeles. Founder Jack Hayford said he believes The King’s University “was raised up for this time.”

While the church continues to grow in China, very few leaders have theological training. A couple of the Chinese graduates were preaching on the streets only weeks after being converted and a couple were trained in business but are now pastoring churches.

While a few degrees have been granted to Chinese students from seminaries in Singapore, this was a first for an American University to grant DMin degrees. Faculty from The King’s University traveled back and forth to China and taught using translators.

The degree requirements are the same as for American students. However, there is some secrecy about details of the program because of the pressure the government puts on the  underground church.

For example, their translator said that as recently as three days before graduation, it was unclear if the government would let them leave the country. He also told stories of one of the graduates who was jailed and his church bulldozed by the government several years ago.

The leaders are a part of what some call the “Third Church,” a name often used to describe the Chinese underground church in urban areas. The underground church has historically been mainly in rural areas. The registered government-approved “Three-Self Church” accounts for about half of the estimated 140 million Chinese believers.

During the commencement, which granted 117 degrees—the most in the young university’s history—Founder Hayford announced that Dr. Paul Chappell, the executive vice president, will now be known as “co-founder of The King’s.” He explained how he felt God told him in February, 1996, to “found a seminary.”

At about the same time Chappell, not knowing that, told his wife his dream would be to help Hayford found a seminary. Since the summer of 1996, they have worked together to found The King’s College and Seminary which received its designation as a university a year ago.

“Paul’s partnership from the inception of this university has been incalculable and pivotal in every way in steadily advancing our influence in equipping leaders for the 21st century,” Hayford said. He presented Chappell with a grand proclamation designating him as “co-founder of The King’s University.”

Besides the degrees to the Chinese leaders, The King’s granted its first “graduate certificate in Messianic Jewish studies.”

Bishop Ken Ulmer, pastor of Faithful Central Bible Church who served for two years as president of The King’s, challenged the graduates in a stirring message to “choose Jesus, choose holiness, choose Holy Spirit and choose truth.”

CHARISMA NEWSLETTERS

Stay up-to-date with current issues, Christian teachings, entertainment news, videos & more.

The latest breaking Christian news you need to know about as soon as it happens.

Prophetic messages from respected leaders & news of how God is moving throughout the world. 


MORE FROM CHARISMA

How Divine Wrestling Changes Our Identity

How Divine Wrestling Changes Our Identity

All of us at some point will hit a place of getting the wind knocked out of us. We all experience unexpected detours and times when there seems to be no way out. But there is One who lives in us, the Lord Jesus Christ, who gives us the strength to overcome obstacles....

Spirit-Filled Pastor: How Does God Lead Us Today?

Spirit-Filled Pastor: How Does God Lead Us Today?

Whether it is the Spirit leading or forbidding in the book of Acts, or the Spirit leading throughout Christian history, it’s clear that the leading of the Spirit is important. In the Old Testament, it appears that the Spirit of God could be withdrawn completely from...

Joyce Meyer: Keys to Winning Your Race in Life

Joyce Meyer: Keys to Winning Your Race in Life

Everyone has a race to run. That just means we all have a life to live. The apostle Paul says in Hebrews 12:1 (NIV), “Therefore...let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for...

Prophetic Word: The Lord Says, ‘I Am the Consuming Fire’

Prophetic Word: The Lord Says, ‘I Am the Consuming Fire’

God says that during this season, He is turning up the heat, finding the gold and bringing His refining fire. Job makes a powerful statement of faith as he says of the Lord, "When he has tried me, I shall come out as gold." God knew Job's heart and Job knew the heart...

What Is ‘The One Thing’ God Wants From You?

What Is ‘The One Thing’ God Wants From You?

In 1971, I was invited to spend one month in Singapore at a new institute that had been started by John Haggai. It was still in the formative stages then—a place where Asian church leaders would be trained and challenged to witness for Christ. Today, more than 40...

37 Prayers for the Suffering Persecuted Church

37 Prayers for the Suffering Persecuted Church

It was a Pentecost bloodbath and most Christians never heard about it. More than 50 Christians were killed in one of the deadliest terror attacks on Nigerians this year. Scores of gunmen rushed in to kill Christians in the midst of worship. All told, over 360 million...

RECENT ARTICLES

Prophecy: A Window of Time Has Opened for Believers to Preach the Truth

I was rejoicing and praising God on Friday, June 24, 2022, for the overturning of Roe v. Wade, knowing that an ungodly decree was overturned and one national curse was broken. I heard by the Holy...
The Man Who Spent 23 Minutes in Hell: The People I Saw in Hell

The Man Who Spent 23 Minutes in Hell: The People I Saw in Hell

In 1998, God gave me a life-changing vision of hell. I receive many questions about my experience from people all over the world, but one question I'm often asked is, "Who did you see in hell?" There are others who say they've had an experience like mine, and they...

The United States: Birthed in Prophetic Symbolism

The United States: Birthed in Prophetic Symbolism

One of the most amazing facts about the Founding Fathers of our nation is this: The one referred to as the "voice" of the revolution (John Adams) and the one referred to as the "pen" of the revolution (Thomas Jefferson) both died on the same day—July 4, 1826—exactly...

Why Did God Give ‘This’ to Me?

Why Did God Give ‘This’ to Me?

It’s a question I frequently hear. It’s one I’ve asked. And maybe it’s one you’ve asked, too. The question is, “God, why did You give this to me?” This can be any number of issues, from emotional or psychological struggles to symptoms or sicknesses, disabilities or...

No Evil Can Stop What God Has Planned

No Evil Can Stop What God Has Planned

I sense it. And I perceive a growing number of people in massive proportions sense the increasing momentum of power and might worldwide. Something is on the horizon—something more eerie and ominous than what the people of the world have ever before experienced. Even...

Pin It on Pinterest