Asian Pastoral Institute, in partnership with Fuller Theological Seminary, organised a seminar on mental health and youth issues on 29 July 2023, Saturday, 2:30-4:30 pm, at Asian Pastoral Institute, 20 Aljunied Road, Singapore 389805.


David C. Wang, Th.M., Ph.D.

  • Cliff and Joyce Penner Chair for the Formation of Emotionally Healthy Leaders
  • Editor, Journal of Psychology and Theology
  • Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary

Spiritual Maturity and Mental Health among Pastors and Christian Leaders: Lessons and Insights from 7 Years of Scientific and Theological Research

Does spiritual maturity and flourishing have implications for our maturity as human beings and our capacity to navigate stressful seasons of life such as the COVID-19 pandemic?  Dr. David C. Wang will explore the contributions of psychological research and the Christian faith towards a better understanding of the relationship between human and spiritual formation within the context of theological education and the local church.  What does science reveal about the challenges and effectiveness of seminary and churches in cultivating human and spiritual growth?  What about the seminary context and what about the church context are the key ingredients that support human and spiritual growth?  Dr. Wang will present empirical research findings from a longitudinal study (including analysis before and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic), involving participants from 18 Roman Catholic, Mainline Protestant and Evangelical seminaries in North America.  Throughout the lecture, attendees will be invited to discuss, reflect, and explore the potential implications of these research findings on the future of theological education in Asia, North America, and in other contexts around the world.

Reaching Today’s Youths . . . Before It’s Too Late

Be it Generation Alpha or Generation Z, teens and youths today have many labels, often unflattering, pasted on them. How can those from preceding generations reach, let alone understand, these “newcomers” as gaps in norms, expectations, and even values widen with such rapid speed?

Dr. John Tan, an avid youth-scene watcher, will expound from his vast experiences of engaging with youths deemed at-risk, disadvantaged, and misunderstood. Listen as he shares practical advice, tips, and ways to connect and impact even the toughest of youths.

John K. E. Tan, D.Min.

  • Executor Director, Children-At-Risk Empowerment Association (CARE Singapore)
  • Founder, Youth Work Association Singapore
  • Fuller Representative in Singapore