Vision and Mission
In North America, there are many Chinese Christians who are willing to commit themselves to serving God in the gospel ministry. They need to be well equipped in the Bible, in spirituality, in ministerial skills and in mission work through an advanced and practical theological education. In the summer of 2005, a group of Christian leaders recognized the need to train workers for the harvest of the gospel. Under the guidance of God, this group established the America Chinese Evangelical Seminary (ACES) to prepare men and women to dedicate themselves for God's kingdom and to obey the Great Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ. The America Chinese Evangelical Seminary is a non-profit Christian organization incorporated under the laws of the State of California. The goals of ACES are as follows:
- To build up spiritually mature Christians as the Lord's servants
- To equip Christians for ministry in mission fields in China and overseas
- To equip good shepherds and Bible teachers for local church ministries
- To do research and publish books, produce tapes and CDs related to Christian Education, Bible study, Theology, Church growth, Mission, etc
Location and Facilities
ACES is located south of San Francisco in Sunnyvale, 30 minutes to the San Francisco International Airport, and 15 minutes to the San Jose International Airport. There are more than 100 parking spaces outside the ACES building complex. The library holds a collection of about 7,000 volumes, with more to be added. Due to the convenient location, students and faculty can apply at no cost for user cards at the City Library of Santa Clara, and enjoy borrowing privileges of the Santa Clara University library nearby. Students can also access the library of the Stanford University with a user fee.
ACES curriculum is designed to facilitate spiritual growth and character formation. To attain these goals, all students will be assigned to small groups throughout the entire program of their study. A small group consists of a faculty member and students, who will meet regularly for discipleship and community life. All students will attend, for credit, mission mentorship and pastoral mentorship programs. Seasoned missionaries and pastors will share and give counsel during the sessions. The curriculum is designed to emphasize application, so there are ample requirements for internship. For example, faculty and students will go on mission trips together. Besides studying the Bible in depth, all students will learn to lead Bible study and deliver expository preaching. Classes are normally held during weekday evenings and Saturdays. There are four terms in one year, and students can begin their program of study in any of the four terms.
ACES is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.
Dr. Emmanuel Hung
President of America Chinese Evangelical Seminary