Welcome to Schools of Mission

SEATS Grad 2019

SEATS is the South East Asian Theological Schools, Inc. (formerly College of the Shepherds), a pastoral-training school established in 1986 for the purpose of preparing church leaders for effective ministry in the Philippines. It works primarily with churches affiliated with the Baptist Conference of the Philippines, International, but is open to all churches in need of training. SEATS is a member of the International Council for Higher Education.

SEATS envisions a church that is functional. SEATS’ mission is to help churches develop functionality through theological education.

Schools of Mission are the primary way SEATS conducts its church-equipping ministry. SOMs are held in partnership with local churches in various parts of South East Asia.

SEATS currently offers programs at three levels:

Diploma of Ministry in Missional Ecclesiology
Master of Ministry in Missional Ecclesiology

Doctor of Ministry in Missional Ecclesiology.

Pre-COVID-19, SEATS conducted on-site classes in the Philippines (in Ortigas, Pasig City; in Molave, Zamboanga del Sur; and in Burias, Masbate), in Thailand, and in Denver, USA. The new pandemic-related requirements saw SEATS begin classes via Zoom in May 2020. Since then our course offerings and constituency has been expanded to include Filipinos in the Philippines, Thailand, the USA, and Canada.


SEATS to send delegation to the 2019 Triennial General Assembly of the Asian Theological Association (ATA) in Singapore

This coming 12-16 August 2019, SEATS will have six delegates at the 2019 Triennial General Assembly of the Asian Theological Association (ATA) to be held at TCA College in Singapore. We enjoyed our time at the ATA's theological consultation last year held here in Metro Manila and are looking forward to see how God will lead the church in the future.

SEATS to send delegation to the International Council for Higher Education (ICHE) conference in Taiwan

SEATS will have 15 representatives at the upcoming ICHE conference to be held this coming July 11-12 at the Tunghai University, in Taichung, Taiwan! Headed by Rev. Greg Azares, the delegates will have an opportunity to introduce SEATS to ICHE. We are seeking accreditation from ICHE for our proposed PhD in Applied Theology program. The team will consist of both SEATS faculty members and students. We are also excited to see the inclusion of some spouses in the delegation as well.

SEATS Burias Courses Planned

Bishop Cesar Punzalan, Rev. Greg Azares, and Rev. Michael Fast met recently met together to finalise the classes for SEATS' new extension program in Burias, Masbate, Philippines. Courses will be held quarterly and will lead to a Master of Ministry in Missional Ecclesiology.

Second Property Purchase Deal Signed

Rev. Greg Azares and Rev. Michael Fast signed a Deed of Absolute Sale with USEC Ted Encarnacion and Engr. Roselle Santos last April to finalise the purchase of a second 500m2 lot in Pingkian, Quezon City. This property will be used for the Center for Diakonal Ministries that SEATS is constructing in Pingkian.

Center for Diakonal Ministries

SEATS is proud to announce it's partnership with the Daughters of Faith Lying In in forming its Center for Diakonal Ministries. Construction of the Center began in December 2015 and the Birthing Clinic opened in December 2016. Work on the 2nd floor Midwife's Residence will resume soon. The Pingkian Family Worship is currently using the 2nd floor for its bi-weekly Saturday gatherings. Fundraising for the Phase 3 Multipurpose Building, housing classrooms, offices, and a large multi-use space will begin soon.