Theological College (MTC)

 

A BRIEF HISTORY OF MARALAND THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE (MTC)

 

1. The name: The 92nd ECM Assembly of 2015 decided to re-establish the former “Peniel Bible Institute”, established by the ECM Assembly of 2009, which was in respite. The same binary decision was

Maraland Theological College


taken up by the 2016 ECM Assembly and decided to re- establish the former Bible School as “Maraland Theological College (MTC).”

 

2. Location: MTC is located on the compound of the ECM Higher Secondary School in the South-Eastern part of Siaha Town.

 

3. MTC Motto: The MTC Motto is “Spiritual Maturity, Academic Excellence”. We know that it is never easy to balance academic achievements and spiritual maturity in terms of faith. Hence, it is our vision to guide our youths, missionaries, Church elders and deacons, who might join this college, to give the best of their talents for the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

4. Aims and objectives: Our aims and objectives include:

a. To train and equip missionaries for their missionary services.

b. To train and equip evangelists (in Maraland) towards a deeper understanding of the word of

    God and evangelistic ministry.

c. To equip lay leaders with biblical, theological and ministerial knowledge.

d. To provide a variety of musical courses to the youths of the land.

e. To facilitate seminars, short courses, consultations and trainings on responses to

    problems and issues facing the land.

 

5. Programs (Courses):

a. Certificate of Theology (C.Th): The Maraland Theological College currently offers only Certificate of Theology (C.Th). This course envisions in training evangelists in the land. In so doing lay evangelists, Church Elders, Deacons and all that who wishes to study will be better equipped with necessary biblical, theological and ministerial knowledge. Medium of instructions of C.Th classes is in Mara and  Mizo. Course duration: 1 year. Eligibility: Literate in Mara and/ or Mizo.

 

b. Diploma in Christian Studies (DCS) and Bachelor of Christian Studies (BCS): The MTC hopes to offer the Senate of Serampore’s extention courses, Diploma in Christian Studies (DCS) and Bachelor of Christian Studies (BCS) from 2018 if received an approval of Maraland Theological College as one of the Senate Centres for the courses of Diploma in Christian Studies (DCS) and Bachelor of Christian Studies (BCS).

Another hope of the MTC is that the Bachelor of Theology (B.Th), Bachelor of Missiology, Mobile Bible School, Summer Bible School, School of Music and other courses will also be added year by year accordingly.

 

6. Date of Commencement: The Class for the Certificate of Theology (C.Th) was commenced on the 7th August, 2017 and presently the students’ enrolment at present for the C.Th course is 19 students. However, MTC was inaugurated on the 7th of October, 2017 by Dr. Vansanglura, Principal, Serampore College & Secretary, Council of Serampore College. He was accompanied by the Rev. Dr. M. Justin Moses, Deputy Registrar, Senate of Serampore College and Mr. Lalruatkima, Asst. Professor of Theology & Promotional Secretary.

 

7. LIBRARY:

1. Books

English         : 714   

Mizo             : 561   

Mara            : 742

Chinese        :   4

Hebrew        :  1

Hindi            :  3

Hmar           : 1

Matu            : 1

Khumi          : 5

Total Books : 2032 

2. Magazines

English:   2

Mizo   :   7

Mara  :    74

Total Megazines : 83

 

 

3. Journal

 English : 3

 

4. Thesis English :39

5. Bible:

a. English : 43

b. Mizo   : 13

c. Mara   : 60

d. Hindi  :  2

e. Hmar  :  1

f. Matu    :  1

g. Chinese  : 3

h. Hebrew  :  1

Total  :  124

6. Dictionaries & Commentaries

 a. English : 265

 b. Mizo  : 220

 c. Mara   :  95

Total    :  580

 

7. Church History

a. English   : 127

b. Mizo : 47

 c. Mara   : 66

Total : 250

8. Theology & Mission

a. English  : 90

b. Mizo  :93

 c. Mara : 43

Total : 226

 

9. Hymnal

a. English :  10

 b. Mara : 64

c. Khumi :5

 d. China :   1

Total : 70


 

          The MTC hopes and expects some amount from the Mara Autonomous District Council (MADC) leaders for the Library from next year, 2018.

 

8. Names & Qualifications of Faculty Members: At present, the following are the names and qualifications of the Faculty Members of the Maraland Theological College as full-time and part-time workers.

 

1. Full Time Workers:

  1. Rev. Dr. F.C. Beichô, B.A., B.D., M.Th.(Missiology), Ph.D.(Missiology) – Principal
  2. Rev. Chhuakhu Khithie, B.Th., B.D., M.Th. (Counseling) – Lecturer
  3. Rev. S. Vabeikhokhei, B.A., B.Th., B.D, M.Th.(Missiology) – Lecturer
  4. Rev. Joseph Kôma Chozah, B.Com., B.D., Lecturer
  5. Ms. C. Partei, B.A., B.D., M.Th. (New Testament) Lecturer
  6. Ms. Lynn H. Ngôhei, B.A., M.Th. (New Testament) – Lecturer
  7. Ms. Ellen Hlychho, B.A., M.A., (English), M.Th. (Theology) – Lecturer
  8. Ms. N. Dawhniarili, B.A., B.D. – Lecturer cum Librarian
  9. Ms. NC. Thiengia, HSLC, – Clerk Cum Cashier
  10. Mr. Lord Jim (Muller), HSSLC, – IVth Grade

2. Part Time Workers:

  1. Rev. Dr. Laiu Fachhai, B.Sc., B.D., M.Th.,(O.T.), D. Th. (O.T.) –Lecturer
  2. Rev. C. Beima, B.Th., B.D., M.Th. (Church History) – Lecturer
  3. Ms. J. Lalvarliani, B.A., M.A. (Education), M.Div., M.Th. (Communication) – Lecturer
  4. Rev. S. Beihruasa, B.A., B.D., M.Th. (Christian Education) – Lecturer
  5. Rev. George B. Solo, B.Th., B.D. – Lecturer

 

9. Necessity of having External program and why do we want to start B.Th., B.Miss., BCS and DCS

1). Lay Theological Training for Graduates  The Senate of Serampore College (University) has As the Church (ECM) wants and wishes to have and start DCS & BCS programs in this MTC to equip and train the Church Leaders especially Elders and Deacons who are the Church Planters and the Evangelists, and those who are (especially the Graduates) interested to study for their future ministry in the field of knowing and understanding the Word of God.

 

2).Missionary Training The Maraland Theological College is meant for equipping and training the Church Leaders especially Elders and Deacons who are the Church Planters and the Evangelists, and those who are (especially the Graduates) interested to study for their future ministry in the field of knowing and understanding the Word of God. Those who are to be selected for missionaries and Evangelists, and even those who wish to go for their further academic courses (who are expected to be the ECM Pastors) must be given and trained up from this College.

 

10. Brief History of ECM: The Evangelical Church of Maraland (ECM), Mizoram which was established by the pioneer missionaries in 1907 in the Southern District of Mizoram has immense growth in God’s ministry. The ECM is confine in the Southern District of Mizoram known as Siaha District where majority of the inhabitants are the Mara speaking population. Evangelical Church of Maraland is a fully centralized administrative Church with an annual budget of over Rs. 13 crores and approximately 30,000 communicant members. I am also pleased to inform you that majority of the pastors and church workers are degree holders from Serampore College (university).

 

The Church has been engaging in different ministerial works and has developed schools, social centres and mission fields in various parts of India. As the ministry of the ECM is scaling to greater heights and moving towards development, we felt the need to engage in the field of theological education and training. The Church, therefore, had decided to open theological college which was kindly approved by the ECM Assembly, the highest decision making body of the Church, in 2017.

 

The theological college, which was inaugurated, is named as ‘Maraland Theological College (MTC)’ where I am assigned by the ECM Assembly to be the Principal. The official inauguration of the said college was done on 7th October 2017 by Dr. Vansanglura, Principal of Serampore College & Secretary of the Council, where Rev. Dr. M. Justin Moses, Deputy Registrar of the Senate and Mr. Lalruatkima, Promotional Secretary of Serampore College had to grace the occasion. Knowing the basic requirements for the approval and affiliation under the Senate of Serampore College, we now felt that our ministry is ready for such. Evangelical Church of Maraland has good scope for developing various theological courses and also in a position to improve all the basic requirements.