PASTOR TAN HUAI TZE (PART 2)
Starting and Building a New Church
Tze is the Lead Pastor of One Covenant, a church he started in his living room (since outgrown) together with his wife, Cindy and 2 young daughters in 2016. He has a passion for preaching Christ from all parts of the Bible, and for making connections between the good news of Jesus Christ and everyday life. Tze grew up in Malaysia, and came to Singapore to study at age 15. He then went to the UK for further studies before coming back and making Singapore home.Before becoming a pastor, he worked in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, and before that in IT Consulting in Accenture. A few years ago, Tze and the family spent 1.5 years in Australia, where Cindy did a medical fellowship, and Tze finished his Master of Divinity in Presbytarian Theological College in Melbourne, Australia.
In this episode, Pastor Tan Huai Tze discusses what to expect from a theological seminary education, and the challenges he faced growing a new church from scratch from his living room.
3 Things I’ve Learned
- There is no template for life – Tze says there is no need to mechanically plan out one’s life, or use his experience as a model for their own. It’s all about putting faith in the small things, building the right relationships, and having faith in God for things you can’t control.
- Theological study is not a ‘four year passion conference’ – it’s hard work, filled with assignments and exams like any other training program. But, even though it is a vigorous exercise, it should not be done without heart. Seminary study cannot be done in isolation, and sustains on an active relationship with one’s Church and Bible.
- Be prepared to have your heart broken – like any startup or new venture, 80-90% of new Churches fail. Pastor Tze’s Church is his whole life, so setbacks have rippling effects. But this pain ultimately makes him a better Pastor.
Here are links to some of the references we make in the podcast:
- ‘The Busy Christian’s Life to Busyness’ by Tim Chester – https://www.amazon.com.au/Busy-Christians-Guide-Busyness/dp/1844743020
- John Sung – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Sung
- ‘Brothers, We Are Not Professionals’ by John Piper – https://www.amazon.com.au/Brothers-We-Are-Not-Professionals/dp/143367882
- Westminster Theological Seminary – https://www.wts.edu/
- Westeminster Seminary, California – https://www.wscal.edu/
- Reformed Theological Seminary – https://rts.edu/
- Christ College, Sydney – https://christcollege.edu.au/
- Presbytarian Theological College, Melbourne – https://ptc.edu.au/
- ETC Asia – https://etcasia.edu.sg/
- Moore College, Australia – https://moore.edu.au/
- The Brash Scholarship – https://www.sbc.edu.sg/admission/finance/brash-scholarship/
- ‘The Trials of Theology: Becoming a ‘proven worker’ in a dangerous business’ by Brian Rosner and Andrew Cameron – https://www.amazon.com/Trials-Theology-Becoming-dangerous-business/dp/1845504674
- ‘The Religious Life of the Theological Student’ by BB Warfield – https://www.amazon.com/Trials-Theology-Becoming-dangerous-business/dp/1845504674
- City to City Asia Pacific – https://www.citytocityasiapacific.com/
- Redemption Hill – https://www.rhc.org.sg/
- Parakaleo – https://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/nas/parakaleo.html
- Book of Ephesians – https://www.insight.org/resources/bible/the-pauline-epistles/ephesians
- Mission to the World – https://www.mtw.org/
- The Bible – https://www.bible.com/
- ‘The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith’ by Timothy Keller – https://www.amazon.com.au/Prodigal-God-Recovering-Heart-Christian/dp/1594484023
- ‘How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth’ by Gorden D Fee and Douglas Stuart – https://www.amazon.com.au/How-Read-Bible-All-Worth-ebook/dp/B00GS084YA
- ‘God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Story-Line of the Bible’ by Vaughn Roberts – https://www.amazon.com.au/Gods-Big-Picture-Tracing-Story-Line/dp/0830853642
- ‘Gospel and Kingdom’ by Greame Goldsworthy – https://www.amazon.com/Gospel-Kingdom-Graeme-Goldsworthy/dp/184227791X
- ‘Know the Creeds and Councils’ by Justin Holcomb – https://www.amazon.com.au/Know-Creeds-Councils-Justin-Holcomb/dp/0310515092
- Systematic Theology by Louis Berkhof – http://www.apuritansmind.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Systematic-Theology-by-Louis-Berkhof.pdf
- ‘A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World’ by Paul E Miller – https://www.amazon.com/Praying-Life-Connecting-Distracting-World/dp/1631466836
- ‘Walking With God Through Pain and Suffering’ by Timothy Keller – https://www.amazon.com.au/Walking-God-through-Pain-Suffering-ebook/dp/B00C1N951O
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