China Reformed Theological Seminary
Special Issue on Campus Expansion
For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. – 2 Corinthians 4:15
Vision for the future
God’s grace has brought us through decades of growth. China Reformed Theological Seminary is now one of the foremost Chinese Reformed seminaries.
Standing firm on the Gospel of Grace
There have been dramatic changes in society and the church over the past 30 years, but we have stood firm on the Gospel of Grace, equipping generations of pastors and church workers in responding to the needs of churches and the world.
Vision for Future
In 1990, under the leadership of Pastor Liu Huan Jun, two missionaries and three local pastors founded CRTS. Classes were held in our Nangang church. There was a part time administrative secretary, evening classes for 7 undergraduate students, and about 500 books in the library. There were no full-time faculty members. Today, we own our property – 5500 square feet of space in the heart of Taipei. We have four full-time faculty members, 8 other staff members, 137 students, and over 25,000 books in the library. God’s Grace has brought us a long way. CRTS is now one the two or three most important Chinese Reformed Seminaries; and the most important one that is outside of China.
The primary thing that has brought us to this point is faithfulness to the historic, orthodox Reformed Faith. A second factor is our Presbyterian system of governing the Seminary. Despite our shortcomings, in light of these two factors, our students, staff, faculty and supporters continue to believe in CRTS and to pray, to contribute, to sacrifice and to work together for its good. We have come a long way up, but we must be watchful. The day the Seminary leaves either of these commitments is the day it begins a descent downward.
A third commitment we have had from the beginning is to establish an indigenous Chinese Seminary. Today, our staff and administrative committee are entirely Chinese. We have an international Board. This helps us to maintain our Reformed and Presbyterian commitment. At the same time, 11 of our 13 members of the Board are Chinese (all except Guy Waters and Tim Mountfort). However, two missionaries, Dr. Yates and myself, continue as the Dean and the Vice-President; and we only have one full-time Chinese local faculty member – Rev. Moh Herng Chee.
Where do we go from here? By 2026, we would like to have four full-time Chinese local members, with one serving as the Vice-President and one serving as the Dean. Missionaries and qualified local pastors would make up the rest of the faculty. Besides Rev. Chee, we are looking to hire or train three other teachers. We want men whose lives have been deeply changed by the gospel, who are Reformed in theology, who have pastoral experience and a pastoral heart, who have a love for their students, as well as having a Ph.D. in their area of specialty and being native Chinese speakers. On the financial side, if their average salary and benefits come to USD $3,200, the three new faculty members will require an extra $9,600 / month. Four local faculty members is a challenge. But if it is God’s will, it will happen through the prayers and support of God’s people.Besides faculty, our other need is for more space. Our current 5500 sq ft of property is already not enough. There is certainly no room for three new teachers and the growth in students, staff, study area, and library space we hope to see. The current space has three apartments and a large basement. The basement has our two classrooms, our computer center, a small storage space, and our English library lines it walls. The first and third floor apartments have 10 offices which our 12 employees are using. The second floor is the Chinese library and student study carols. Over the last 10 years, the study space and even the study carols have become smaller, and there is less space between book stacks. The picture shows that we have reached the end of using this strategy.
After extensive discussion concerning space, the Seminary Board has already decided to buy 3500 sq ft of office space near our current building. The space will house our Chinese library, seven faculty offices, and a student center. We have not yet put a down payment on a specific piece of property. But there is one suitable office space currently for sale, and it will give you some idea of the cost:
- 9-minute walk from school
- The asking price: USD $3.2 million
- The size: 3450 sq ft plus 3 parking spaces
Our Seminary only has two or three major contributors. Most of our support comes from tuition and minor contributions. Buying a 3500 sq ft of office space is a challenge; but if it is God’s will, it will happen through the prayers and support of God’s people. Let us pray together for the Seminary.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jer 29:11)
Yours in Christ,
Standing firm on the Gospel of Grace
Since its founding in 1990, the China Reformed Theological Seminary has remained steadfast in its mission in the Gospel. Regardless of the dramatic changes in economy or the society over the past 30 years, we have stood firm on this ground, equipping generations of pastors and church workers in responding to the needs of the churches and the field. Until now, more than 160 graduates have been equipped and trained. Many of whom serve in churches in Taiwan. There also have been many seminarians coming from overseas to Taiwan to study because of their desire for the pure teaching of the Reformed faith. They then return to their hometowns to serve faithfully after graduation.
As the number of our students, faculty, staff and library books has grown, it has become obvious that we need more space. Feedback from our students includes the library space being inadequate, with study spaces being too small and too much noise. The picture of students trying to squeeze themselves between the stacks to borrow a library book makes the point. Students often must wait until there is an empty classroom to have a place to study on campus. When they need a place to talk on campus, they crowd into our first floor administrative area or kitchen, and although the staff enjoys talking to them it, it often means the staff is working into the night to finish their work. From the increasingly frequent feedback from students as well as our own planning process, it has been clear for several years that we need more space. There have been many prayers and discussions concerning the real needs and possible solutions. After an extensive period of prayer, discernment, and reflection, we decided, that despite the cost of property in Taipei, we need a capital campaign to purchase property. Just as God is pleased to entrust the Seminary with the training of the people that He intends to send, we should be faithful in what we are entrusted with and devote ourselves and our resources to providing our seminarians with a high quality seminary education.
The chart on the right shows the recent development of the seminary. In God’s providence, we give thanks for the fruits that were borne. May God continue to be gracious and pleased with the work that the seminary offers to Him. May the work be established and accomplished by God Himself!
Need for campus space increases every year
Over the past 25 years, the Seminary has needed an average of 1000 square feet of additional space every five years or so. Currently, all available space has been exhausted. To accommodate the demand, every inch of space is being used multifunctionally. New space on the campus is desperately needed.
3500 sqft. (1997)
First floor as offices for the seminary and the Family Counseling Center. Basement as classroom, library, and counseling room.
1000 sqft. (2009)
Added third floor as offices for the Reformation Translation Fellowship Press and the Family Counseling Center. The space freed up on the first floor is used as faculty offices.
1000 sqft. (2012)
Added second floor as library. The space freed up on the third floor is used as faculty offices.
3500 sqft. (2021)
Additional 3500 square feet of campus space is needed for used as library, faculty offices, and student study lounge.
Planning in the use of space
We plan to purchase an office space of 3500 square feet). The space will house our Chinese library, seven faculty offices, and a student center. (Below is a schematic design. The actual details are yet to be finalized.)
Smart Meeting Room
A space provided for intense academic dialogue to happen, and to work on group projects and assignments. It will be furnished with digital audio-visual equipment to optimize the interactions between local and distance students, so as to enhance the learning quality of all our students.
In accordance with the placing of bookshelves and flow of traffic, individually dedicated spaces are planned for students as quiet study zones.
Open space seating area
In an open area with natural lighting, we plan to have open space seating. Here students can openly discuss what they have learned and have conversations on theology, so to encourage interactive learning and bonding with spiritual friends in fellowship.
Office space for faculty
The seminary continues to focus on the teaching of God’s Word. As the number of students grow, the need for more faculty is pressing and this brings a need for faculty offices. Our plan is to have faculty offices in close proximity to where the students congregate and study.
Affirmation from Partners in ministry
CRTS plays a key role in the training of Chinese Christians throughout the world. Its contribution is far out of proportion to its size. It is to be commended both for biblical orthodoxy and for effectiveness in its training. So it is a fruitful investment for Christian people looking for a place where the effects of the investment will be multiplied.
Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Biblical Interpretation, and Systematic Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
China Reformed Theological Seminary has been faithfully training pastors, counselors, and other church leaders for a generation. With these new facilities, it is poised to expand and to extend its promotion of the Reformed faith to Taiwan, Asia, and beyond.
James M. Baird, Jr. Professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, USA
The fruits of theological education often are not visible until a decade after the student has graduated. In retrospect, China Reformed Theological Seminary has shaped my thinking and my heart for lifelong ministry. This seminary has helped me to build a solid theological foundation and trained me to embody my doctrinal beliefs in real life and pastoral care. I am equipped to commit myself to the Bible as a pastor, husband, father and friend. I am taught to love the Lord, to love Christ’s Church, and to love the deep needs of the souls of my brothers and sisters. Most precious of all, I have got to know a team here who serve God with a heart of reverence, humility and joy.
Faculty at China Reformed Theological Seminary, teaching theology and practical theology, Alumni
Q: Will the seminary go with financing? Why choose to buy rather than lease?
A: China Reformed Theological Seminary places great emphasis on the teaching and training of the Word, our prayers and preparation includes hiring more faculty. However, if we choose to go with financing or lease, the fixed costs of these recurring expenses will use up the funds we have available for hiring faculty. Leasing a space for student center and faculty offices is not helpful to the seminary in the long run. Therefore, the seminary has decided not to lease or take on a large long-term loan.
Q: Why don’t you move the Seminary to the countryside outside of Taipei?
A: Being in the center of Taipei is an important part of our ministry to Taiwan. Moving would have a negative impact on interactions with non-residential students, with long-time supporting churches and their pastors, and with finding internships for seminarians. Secondly, the cost of building a seminary in the countryside would be 3-5 times more than the current project, and would be a long, difficult, uncertain process. Thus, we prefer the conservative approach of purchasing a commercial space near our current location and using it as an extension of our current campus.
Q: Will the seminary sell the current building?
A: The seminary has no plans to sell its current building. The basement of the current building will continue to be used for classroom, while the first to third floors are used as the office space for the seminary and related organizations.
You are welcome to learn more about China Reformed Theological Seminary, and our related organizations.
Definitely a Challenge
Support through prayers and donations
Buying an office space of 3500 square feet is definitely a challenge for us; but if it is God’s will, we believe that this good work will happen through the prayers and support of God’s people. The cost of purchasing 3500 square feet of new campus space is USD $320 million. We plan to achieve this goal through a “3-year giving plan”. If you have a heart for the Kingdom of Gospel and identify with the seminary’s commitment to the Gospel of grace, we hope you will partner with us in prayer and support.
Funding need for campus expansion
USD $3.2 million
Support us now and walk along with us:
A. One-time donation
B. Monthly pledge (QR code below for details.)
Ways to Give
By contributing in the US to our US non-profit, Friends of CRTS
Donations can be sent to
- Friends of CRTS,
- c/o Julie McDougall,
- 44857 Crestview Road Columbiana,
- OH 44408
By bank transfer with NTD
- 國內匯款：台北富邦銀行( 代號012) 西松分行
- 帳號：00530-102-818-449( 台幣)
By bank transfer with USD:
- Taipei Fubon Commercial Bank Hsisung Branch
- Swift Code：TPBKTWTP 530
- Account No.：00530-180-170005 (USD)
- Address： No.75-1, Sec. 4, Nanjing E. Rd., SongSham Dist., Taipei, Taiwan
- (Zip code: 10580)
- Account name:：Reformed Theological Mission Corporation
- Cheque in NTD please make payable to “財團法人改革宗神學宣教會”
- Cheque in USD please make payable to “Reformed Theological Mission Corporation”
Three-year fund-raising plan
We are asking each of our teachers to contribute $3600, each staff member to contribute $3200, our 137 students, 162 alumni, and 150 other supporters to contribute either $1800 or $1260 (that is, $50 or $35 per month for 3 years). We are asking the churches in our denomination to raise $285,000, and hope to have other churches contribute $70,000. We are asking our overseas Board members to raise $575,000. This will all require a great deal of sacrifice, but even so it will only bring us half-way to our goal. Besides this, we are praying for 1.6 million from major contributors. We could reach this with 1 donation of $350,000, 2 donations of $100,000, 4 donations of $70,000, 10 donations of $35,000, and 18 donations of $18,000. (USD)
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