As a Christian institution of higher education, Hong Kong Baptist University endeavours to uphold Christian principles in the pursuit of knowledge and truth in all areas of human concern. The University recognizes the importance of providing an adequate opportunity for the development of interest in the Christian faith as well as for growth towards spiritual maturity.
The Chaplain’s Office is responsible for planning, organizing, directing and supervising Christian programmes and activities on campus. Staff members in the Chaplain’s Office render pastoral care and personal counselling among other ministries to students and staff on campus. The Recreation Centre is under the supervision of the Chaplain’s Office as an added opportunity for service to the University community. The Chaplain is assisted by a team of capable and committed staff.
Christian Programmes and Activities
Weekly Noontime Worship
To fulfil the need for the University Christian community to gather on campus for corporate worship and fellowship for personal edification, the Noontime Worship meets weekly with programmes that include hymn-singing, prayer, scripture reading and a devotional message. Noontime Worship is held at 1:00–1:40 p.m. every Wednesday in the campus, followed by a light lunch fellowship. All students and staff are welcome.
The Chapel at the Student Residence Halls
The Chaplain’s Office in coordination with partner churches offers a worship service on Sunday mornings in the Reverend James Mau Memorial Chapel located in the Student Residence Halls on the Baptist University Road campus. This student oriented ministry will offer worship, discipleship, fellowship and outreach opportunities for students living in the halls who may be interested in Christianity or who may not wish to return to their home churches every Sunday.
Christian Emphasis Week
Each semester the Chaplain’s Office organizes Christian Emphasis Week. During this special week, programmes are arranged to expose members of the University community to the fundamental concepts of the Christian faith with opportunities for members to respond personally to the challenges thereof. Special programmes include evangelistic meetings, spiritual revival meetings, singspirations, and other activities.
Baccalaureate Service for Graduands
Each year the Chaplain’s Office plans and organizes a Baccalaureate Service for graduating students. The Baccalaureate Service is a time for worship and thanksgiving expressing gratitude and praise to God for the successful completion of study and research by students in fulfilment of their respective degree requirements of Hong Kong Baptist University.
The Chaplain’s Office through the ministry of Christian counselling offers assistance to those members of the university community:
- who seek personal growth and development;
- who seek to cope more effectively with personal and spiritual problems amid life crises;
- who seek assistance in resolving interpersonal tensions and/or in relating effectively with other persons; and
- who seek relief from life patterns that are self-defeating and cause personal unhappiness.
The Recreation Centre is open to the University community. The Centre also organizes various activities for student interaction and fellowship.
Faculty and Staff Assembly
A monthly assembly is provided for all faculty and staff members for the purpose of developing and maintaining a sense of University community and collegiality. The programmes include addresses from the President and Vice-Chancellor and/or Vice Presidents, Christmas celebrations, Easter celebrations, and other special events. A tea fellowship immediately follows each Faculty and Staff Assembly to strengthen and enhance the sense of community.
As part of the outreach programme, the Chaplain’s Office provides language conversation groups in English, Cantonese and Putonghua on an informal basis for interested students and/or staff. English and Putonghua Bible Study Groups also assist group members in improving language skills.
Christian Student Organizations/Activities
The Chaplain’s office encourages students to take part in activities organized by the Christian Student Organizations which have been registered with the Chaplain’s Office.
- Christian Student Union (CSU)
The Christian Student Union is a Christian student organization that promotes Christian ministries for students on campus. Through the CSU, students enjoy fellowship, experience personal growth and gain knowledge and experience of the Christian faith.
- Christian Choir (CC)
The Christian Choir is composed of Christian students who are passionate in singing and devoted to giving witness and service to God through the medium of sacred music. The Christian Choir ministers both on and off campus.
- Christian Band (CB)
The Christian Band is composed of Christian members who are eager to confirm their specific role of service through band music. The Band aims to explore and develop their spiritual gifts while striving to reach their best potential and witnessing for the Lord, both on and off campus.
- CIE Christian Fellowship (CIECF)
Students who are enrolled in the School of Continuing Education’s College of International Education are welcome to participate in the CIE Christian Fellowship. This is a Christian student organization that functions in a manner similar to CSU and shares the common purposes of fellowship, personal growth, and discipleship training.
- Cell Groups
Cell groups are established according to departments and to year classification of students for the purpose of Bible study, prayer, and Christian fellowship. The Chaplain’s Office provides relevant literature/materials and leadership training assistance for cell group development.
- Serendipity Groups
The activities of these groups provide students with opportunities to gain a better understanding of and have contact with the less fortunate and/or minority groups of society through involvement in various outreach ministries.
- Mission Tour
Mission tours foster, strengthen and encourage the spirit of outreach ministry and provide opportunities for Christian students to obtain first-hand experience in mission involvement outside Hong Kong in keeping with the Great Commission of Jesus Christ.
- Discipleship Training
Discipleship training is provided for interested students and staff on campus in an effort to better equip individuals to become more effective disciples and disciplers.
- Spiritual Mentoring
Any Christian student and staff are welcomed to join the spiritual mentoring program. Spiritual mentoring focuses on the daily experience of a believer. It attempts to direct believers to see how his or her experience is related to Christian faith and ultimately to one’s relationship with God.
- Bible Study Groups
A number of Bible study groups are available each semester in English, Cantonese, and Putonghua for interested staff and students.
Ancillary Staff Fellowship
Programmes and regular activities with religious and recreational themes such as gospel luncheons, outings and festivals celebrations are provided for the ancillary staff of the University.
Christian Staff Fellowship
The Christian Staff Fellowship is a Christian organization that seeks to unite Christian colleagues for providing mutual support and encouragement and for developing a more caring community on campus. Regular activities include weekly Monday prayer meeting and Friday gatherings, occasional gospel luncheons, fund-raising events in support of chaplaincy ministries on campus and for the needy.
The Staff Choir is composed of members of faculty and staff who are interested in choral music. The Staff Choir meets every Tuesday and is devoted to give service to God and to the University community.