Mars Hill Study Center
Lord willing, Mars Hill Study Center, located in suburban eastern Metro Manila, Philippines, will open its doors to the public on July 15, 2008. Since our target communities are in Antipolo, Taytay, Cainta, Pasig and Mandaluyong, it will be centrally located in Ortigas Avenue Extension in the heart of Pasig City.
Upon his arrival in Athens (Acts 17:16-34) on his second missionary journey, one of Paul's first destinations was the Areopagus, the “Hill of Ares,” the Greek god of war, known by Romans as Mars. Proud of their great artists, writers and thinkers, Athens was also the cradle of democracy and the center of learning. It was in the Areopagus where the best philosophers of the civilized world - Stoics and Epicureans - discussed their “latest and greatest” ideas.
Sensing that Paul was bringing some new “philosophy” and “a preacher of foreign divinities,” the Athenians asked him, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? For you bring some strange things to our ears. We wish to know therefore what these things mean.” And day by day, as in the synagogue and in the marketplace, Paul reasoned with them, using their own poets and philosophers to preach the gospel of the risen Christ against their many idols.
Mars Hill Study Center is a Christian study and teaching center seeking to glorify God through pastoral education and training. Its primary task is to provide free resources to pastors in nearby communities, including:
Printed and electronic media such as books, commentaries, journals, magazines and periodicals;
Audiovisual electronic media such as DVDs, CDs, and tapes;
Seminars and workshops on various topics necessary to be effective in church ministry; and
These resources will cover biblical, theological, and ministerial disciplines to help pastors to develop intellectually and spiritually as leaders. While the focus of the study center is to to educate and prepare men for office-bearing ordained ministries of instruction and leadership as pastors, it will also make its resources available for other men and women who desire to serve the church so that the whole body of Christ may be enriched through the diverse gifts bestowed by God’s Spirit.
The mission of Mars Hill Study Center is to assist churches in preparing and training their pastors for leadership and ministry by providing substantive resources and curriculum. It seeks to develop in its students a balanced combination of knowledge (scholarship) and zeal (Christ-like piety) by expanding their Biblical knowledge, stimulate analytical and critical thinking, and challenge them to cultivate godly and righteous lives in order to present a credible testimony to the gospel of Jesus Christ.