Upcoming Advance Schedule

Hong Kong Advance 2015

Photographer: Jess Yu, Hong Kong

Displayed below is the working schedule and travel details for the upcoming Advance in Hong Kong for the LGP4-6 DMin cohorts. More information will be added to this page as it becomes available.

DMin LGP students and advisors will engage in a mix of peer-to-peer learning, guest lectures from academics and Christian leaders, and field trips to a wide range of local ministries sites.


  • LGP6 DMin Cohort: Tuesday, Sept. 22 - Wednesday, 30, 2015, departing Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015.
  • LGP4-5 DMin Cohorts: Thursday, Sept. 24 - Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, departing Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015.



  • The Mariner's Club, 11 Middle Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
  • Phone: +(852) 2368 8261
  • Onsite facilities (St. Peter's Church, restaurants and bars, leasure, pool, postal, money exchange, etc)
  • Check-in: 2pm or later
  • Check-out: Noon


Guests and Alumni

Alumni and family members of students and advisors are welcome to come along on the Advance. The fees listed below cover all food, lodging, and local transport with the program as outlined in the schedule below. All other expenses are the responsibility of the individual. The fees are fixed and 'all in':

  • Entire advance participation- $1000 (Shared room)
  • Entire advance participation- $1400 (Single occupancy room)

If a guest is only participating in a portion of the advance:

  • $150 per day (Shared room, includes that day's meals)

  • $200 per day (Single occupancy room, includes that day's meals)

If you are bringing a family member(s), complete the following steps to communicate all details to the University:

  1. Fill out the dminlgp Hong Koing Advance 2015 Guest Fees Estimation Survey  to obtain an official estimate of what the university will charge you.
  2. Once you have determined the cost and stay parameters for your guests following a conversation with Heather Rainey, please next complete the dminlgp Hong Kong Advance 2015: Lodging and food survey for all participants for each participant. 
  3. Once your guests have made flight arrangements, complete the dminlgp Hong Kong Advance 2015: Transportation Survey for each participant.
  4. Arrange payment of the advance fee. If your guest is participating in the entire advance, you may pay by credit card online. Otherwise, pay by check. Contact Heather Rainey at hrainey@georgefox.edu or 503-554-6162 for more details.

Local Prospective Students and Other Local Guests

Local prospective students and other local guests are welcome to participate in all or part of the Advance. In order to come, local guests must obtain an invitation from a LGP student or advisor.

We charge local guests a fixed fee of $50/day, which includes entry to the sessions and meals. Lodging is the responsibility of the local guest and should be arranged directly with the hotel. Space is limited, so local guests are accepted on a first come, first serve basis. If you are attending as a local prospective student or a local guest, please fill out the dminlgp Hong Kong Advance 2015 local guest survey.

Passport and VISA information:

Hong Kong entry requirements:

  • A passport with 6 months validity
  • Many countries, including US, aren't required to obtain Visa's for entry to Hong Kong. See table here: http://www.travelchinaguide.com/embassy/pdf/hongkong-visa-free.pdf
  • Note: Ethiopia is one of the ten countries required to have a Visa regardless of the length of their stay. It must be obtained before traveling.

Mainland China entry requirements: 

The dminlgp program will not be visiting Mainland China during the Advance. If you plan to visit either before or after the Advance, be aware of the entry requirements:

  • For US students: In order to visit mainland China, a Visa is required prior to the time of entry. It may be obtained IN PERSON from the Chinese Embassy (Washington, DC) or one of the Chinese consulates in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles or Houston. You can entrust someone to visit the office in person on your behalf, but they won't issue a Visa by mail. For more information, see the China Embassy website for details.


We suggest obtaining travel insurance to cover you in the case of an emergency.

University students and full-time employees are covered under the University's insurance at no additional cost to them. Guests (including alumni, spouses or family members of students, contractors, and international advisors) are not covered under University insurance and should obtain travel insurance separately.


  • Routine vaccines (Measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, etc.) recommended
  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid
  • For more information, see CDC's website on Hong Kong


  • Power
  • Passport
  • VISA (depending on nationality)
  • Notify your embassy or consulate of your trip plans
  • Weather information may be found here
  • Currency:
    • Bring a personal credit card. Make sure your card is for 'international' usage too. Some of you might limit your own card for domestic usage.
    • You might need some cash too. How much? It depends on expenses. You might want to be prepared to spend about $20 dollars a day on average.
    • Hong Kong uses the Hong Kong Dollar. The current exchange rate may be found here.

Flight Parameters

LGP students and faculty: When making flight arrangements, please follow the paramaters outlined below.

LGP6 DMin cohort and advisors:

  • Flight arrival no later than Tuesday, Sep. 22, 2015 @ 2 pm: LGP6 students and advisors arrive in Hong Kong (Hong Kong International Airport - codes: ATA: HKG, ICAO: VHHH). 
  • Depart anytime Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 or later.

LGP4-5 DMin cohorts and advisors:

  • Flight arrival no later than Thursday, Sep. 24, 2015 @ 2 pm: LGP4-5 students and advisors arrive in Hong Kong (Hong Kong International Airport - codes: ATA: HKG, ICAO: VHHH).
  • Depart anytime Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 or later.

Surveys to Complete 

All participants in the advance need to complete the following surveys:

  1. If you are bringing a guest, complete the dminlgp Hong Koing Advance 2015 Guest Fees Estimation Survey to obtain an official estimate of what the university will charge you.
  2. Complete the dminlgp Hong Kong Advance 2015: Lodging and food survey for all participants for yourself and any guests. 
  3. Once you and your guests have made flight arrangements, complete the dminlgp Hong Kong Advance 2015: Transportation Survey for each participant.

Optional Arrangements

Pre- or Post-Advance Lodging at the Mariner's Club

If you would like to stay at the Mariner's Club either before or following the Advance, contact:

Advance Schedule

The information in this section is tentative and will be updated as details are finalized.


  • East meets West: Finance, democracy, mission 
  • Public and Cultural Leadership
  • Church and non-profit ministry challenges, opportunities, and initiatives in Hong Kong
  • Christian business leadership in Hong Kong

In General:

  • Most meals provided at The Mariner’s Club.
  • Local transport options to/from the airport and field trips will be provided by TBD
    • MTR – public transit
    • Taxi
  • All meals are provided unless noted otherwise as follows:
    • dminglp6 students and advisors: Dinner, Tuesday, Sept., 22 - Breakfast, Thursday, Oct. 1
    • dminlgp4-5 students and advisors: Dinner, Thursday, Sept., 24 - Breakfast, Thursday, Oct. 1
  • Lodging is provided for the following dates as follows:
    • dminglp6 students and advisors: Tuesday night, Sept. 22 – Thursday morning, Oct. 1.
    • dminlgp4-5 students and advisors: Thursday night, Sept. 24 - Thursday morning, Oct. 1.
  • Wifi is provided throughout the hotel, free of charge.


*All details are tentative

Tuesday, Sept. 22

  • 2-6pm: LGP Cohort 6 arrives and checks-in at the Mariner's Club (check-in: 2pm or later)
  • 7pm: LGP6 Welcome dinner, Wheelhouse Restaurant

Wednesday, Sept. 23

  • 8am: Breakfast, Wheelhouse Restaurant
  • 9am-1pm: Program orientation with Jason Clark, Loren Kerns, and Cliff Berger, Mariner's Conference Room
  • 1pm: Lunch, Wheelhouse Restaurant
  • 2-5:30pm: DMIN 713 class with Cliff Berger, Mariner's Conference Room
  • 6pm: Dinner, location TBD

Thursday, Sept. 24

  • 8am: Breakfast, Wheelhouse Restaurant
  • 9am-1pm: DMIN 713 class with Cliff Berger, Mariner's Conference Room
  • 9am-11am: Loren Kerns meets with new advisors, Wheelhouse Restaurant
  • 1pm: Lunch, Wheelhouse Restaurant
  • 2-5:30pm: LGP4-5 students and advisors arrive and check-in at the Mariner's Club (check-in: 2pm or later)
  • 2-5:30pm: LGP6 students meet with faculty advisors, various locations
  • 6pm: All cohort welcome banquet, Mariner's Hall 

Friday, Sept. 25

  • 8am: Breakfast, Wheelhouse Restaurant
  • 9am-noon: Touring the Mission to Seafarers with Stephen Miller
  • Noon: Lunch, Wheelhouse Restaurant with Stephen Miller
  • 1pm-6pm: Field trip visit to Linklaters (tentative)
  • 7pm: Dinner (student responsibility)

Saturday, Sept. 26

  • 7-10am: Breakfast with faculty advisors (esp cohorts 4 & 5), Wheelhouse Restaurant or elsewhere
  • 10-10:30am: Morning prayers, Mariner's Hall 
  • 10:30-1pm: Guest presentations, Mariner's Hall
  • 1-2pm: Lunch, Wheelhouse Restaurant
  • 2-6pm: Local guest presentations, Mariner's Hall
  • 6pm: Dinner with faculty advisor, location student-advisor choice

Sunday, Sept. 27

  • 8am: Breakfast, Wheelhouse Restaurant
  • 9am-1:30pm: Visit Island ECC church (tentative)
  • Lunch (student responsibility)
  • Rest of the day free
  • 7pm: Dinner (student responsibility)

Monday, Sept. 28

  • 6-7am: Breakfast, Wheelhouse Restaurant
  • 7-9am: Transit to St. Stephen's Society
  • 9am-noon: St. Stephen's Socity tour with Jackie Pullinger
  • Noon-2pm: Lunch (provided) and debrief, Breakthrough Canteen (tentative)
  • 2-7pm: Vist The Peak
  • 7pm: Dinner (student responsibility)

Tuesday, Sept. 29

  • 7:30-8:30am: Breakfast, Wheelhouse Restaurant
  • 8:30-9am: Morning prayers, Mariner's Prayer Chapel
  • 9-10am: Transit to HKSKH Ming Hua Theological College
  • 10am-12:30pm: Dialogue of GFES and HKSKH Ming Hua Theological College students-faculty
  • 12:30-1:30pm: Lunch, HKSKH Ming Hua Theological College
  • 1:30-5:30pm: Field Trip to visit Hong Kong Lutheran Social Services
    • 1:30-2:30pm: Transit
    • 2:30-2:45pm: Welcome
    • 2:45-3:30pm: dminlpg students and advisors divide into 2 groups to visit the social service units, including elderly day center and community center.
    • 3:30-4:30 pm – dminlpg students and advisors meet the leaders and the pastor of the Lutheran Church, Hong Kong Synod
    • 4:30-5:30: Transit
  • 6pm: Closing Banquet Dinner, Mariner's Hall

Wednesday, Sept. 30

  • 7:30-8:30am: Breakfast, Wheelhouse Restaurant
  • 8:30a-9m: Morning prayers, Mariner's Hall
  • 9am-1pm: Student cohort 4 (only) research pecha kucha presentations, Mariner's Hall
  • 1-2pm: Lunch, location TBD
  • 2-3:30pm: Finish pecha kucha presentations, Mariner's Hall
  • 3:30-4pm: Break
  • 4-6pm: Visual Ethnography debrief, program evaluation, and commissioning with Jason Clark, Mariner's Hall
  • 6-9pm: Closing Dinner, location TBD

Thursday, Oct. 1

  • 7-10am: Breakfast, Wheelhouse Restaurant
  • Noon: Check-out time

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