Upcoming Advance Schedule


Hong Kong Advance 2018

East meets West: Finance, democracy, mission 

Hong Kong Advance 2015 in pictures

Displayed below is the working schedule and travel details for the upcoming Advance in Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, for the LGP7-9 DMin cohorts. Additional details are added to this page as they become available.


  • LGP9 DMin Cohort: Arrive by 5pm Tues., Sept. 25 and finish by 9pm, the following Wed., Oct. 3, departing anytime on Thurs., Oct. 4, 2018.
  • LGP7 DMin Cohort: Arrive by 5pm Wed., Sept. 26, and finish by 9pm, the following Wed.,Oct. 3, departing anytime on Thurs., Oct. 4, 2018.
  • LGP8 DMin Cohort: Arrive by 5pm Thurs., Sept. 27, and finish by 9pm, the following Wed.,Oct. 3, departing anytime on Thurs., Oct. 4, 2018.
  • Detailed schedule


Lodging and conferencing:

Panda Hotel
3 Tsuen Wan St, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong
+852 2409 1111

Wifi: Unlimited wifi is provided

Hotel walking map

Participant Surveys: Students, Advisors, Guests, and Alumni

Students and first-year advisors, complete the following steps to communicate all transportation, food, and lodging details to the University.

Surveys for students, advisors, guests, and alumni:

Alumni and family members of students and advisors are welcome to come along on the Advance. The fee listed below covers 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 fee for guests is fixed and 'all in': $1,800 (Shared room, adult). Minors rooming with a parent is $750.

Passport and VISA information:


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

University students, full-time employees, and adjunct faculty (ie. faculty advisors) 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: The CDC recommends encourages you to make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.
  • Hepatitis A: CDC recommends this vaccine because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Hong Kong, regardless of where you are eating or staying.

  • Typhoid: You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Hong Kong. CDC recommends this vaccine for most travelers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.

  • Hepatitis B: You can get hepatitis B through sexual contact, contaminated needles, and blood products, so CDC recommends this vaccine if you might get a tattoo or piercing or have any medical procedures.


  • Power

  • Passport

  • VISA (depending on nationality)

  • Notify your embassy or consulate of your trip plans

  • Weather information

  • 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 will need some personal cash too. How much? It depends on what extracurricular activities you pursue.

    • Hong Kong uses the Hong Kong Dollar (see exchange rate).

  • Dress: Plan on business attire for Friday 28 September and possibly Sunday 30 September. Smart casual will be appropriate the rest of the Advance. 

Flight Parameters

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

LGP9 DMin cohort and advisors:

  • Flight arrival in Hong Kong no later than 2pm, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018: Hong Kong International Airport - code: HKG.

  • Depart from Hong Kong anytime Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 or later.

LGP7 DMin cohorts and advisors:

  • Flight arrival in Hong Kong no later than 2pm, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018: Hong Kong International Airport - code: HKG.

  • Depart from Hong Kong anytime Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 or later.

LGP8 DMin cohorts and advisors:

  • Flight arrival in Hong Kong no later than 2pm, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018: Hong Kong International Airport - code: HKG.

  • Depart from Hong Kong anytime Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 or later.

Local transport

Participants arrange their own transport to the Advance location from the airport. Once onsite, the DMin Program provides local transport for the formal Advance activities. Note that there is no easy way to get to the hotel via public transit. We recommend: 

Red Taxi. The taxi is the best way to get to the hotel from the airport. It is about a 15 min drive. It costs around $200 - 250 HKD (approx. $30 USD) depending on traffic / ride. HKD Cash only. Give the driver the address of the hotel and they will take you straight away. No tipping. 

Panda Hotel airport shuttle coach schedule. This is a bit more expensive / person

Optional Arrangements

Post-Advance, Add-on Tour Packages.

Thursday, 4 October. Macau day tour with local tour guide (#21329), Aubrey C. of ToursByLocals. LGP7 student Stu Cocanougher is kindly leading the group on the day. 

  • 8:30am: Assemble in foyer of Panda Hotel to travel to ferry terminal with Stu
  • 9:30am: Kowloon ferry terminal from HK to Macau
  • 11:00am: pick up from Macau Outer Harbour (Maritime) Ferry Terminal
  • 11:30am: A-Ma Temple
  • 12:10pm: Penha Church
  • 12:50pm: lunch break
  • 2:00pm: Morrison Protestant Chapel
  • 3:00pm: Ruins of St. Paul's/section of old city wall/Na Cha Temple
  • 4:30pm: The Cathedral/St. Dominic's Church/Holy House of Mercy/Senado Building
  • 6:00pm: drop off at Macau Ferry Terminal
  • 6:30/7pm: Ferry back to Kowloon terminal, Hong Kong

Fee: $100 / person. This covers the guide and tour vehicle.
Ferry tickets and lunch not included. Cash payment required for lunch. Participants will want to book your ferry tickets in advance: https://www.turbojet.com.hk/en/ticketing/ticketing-channels.aspx

To book ahead, see this Macau Add-on turbojet instructions pdf for details. 

To particiapte, RSVP with Heather Rainey (hrainey@georgefox.edu)

To pay, send a check payable to George Fox University and mail it to the following address: 

C/O Heather Rainey
Portland Seminary, George Fox University
12753 S.W. 68th Ave.
Portland OR 97223

Advance Schedule

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


  • Public and Cultural Leadership

  • Church and non-profit ministry challenges, opportunities, and initiatives in Hong Kong and China

  • Christian business leadership in Hong Kong and China

In General:

  • Unless otherwise specified below, all classes, lectures, and seminars will be held at the Panda Hotel. Exact room location will be noted in the schedule below, as available.

  • All meals provided at the Panda Hotel will be served in the hotel's restaurants as noted below.

  • Local transport options to/from the airport and for field trips:

    • Coach provided for the group when specified below.

  • All meals are provided (unless noted otherwise) as follows:

    • LGP9 DMin Cohort: Dinner Tuesday, Sept. 25 - Breakfast, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018.

    • LGP7 DMin Cohort: Dinner Wednesday, Sept. 26 - Breakfast, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018.

    • LGP8 DMin Cohort: Dinner Thursday, Sept. 27 - Breakfast, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018.

  • Lodging is provided for the following dates as follows:

    • LGP9 DMin Cohort: Tuesday night, Sept. 25 - Breakfast, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018.

    • LGP7 DMin Cohort: Wednesday night, Sept. 26 - Breakfast, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018.

    • LGP8 DMin Cohort: Thursday night, Sept. 27 - Breakfast, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018.


Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018

  • by 5pm: LGP9 participants arrive at Panda Hotel. Check in time is after 2pm
  • 7pm: Welcome banquet for LGP9; includes introductions. Panda Hotel, 4/F Balcony Restaurant

Wednesday, Sept. 26

  • 8am: Breakfast provided, Panda Hotel, Panda Cafe
  • 9am: LGP9 program orientation session (students and advisors), The Terrace 7/F, Panda Hotel.
    • Program organization
    • Lead Mentor introduction
    • Cohort member and advisor introductions
  • 10:30am: Coffee break, LGP9
  • 1pm: Lunch, Panda Hotel, 3/F Crystal Room VII
  • 2pm: DMIN713 Research Course session, LGP9 students, The Terrace 7/F, Panda Hotel.
  • 3pm: Coffee break, LGP9
  • 4:30pm: LGP6 alumnus, Garfield Harvey, and LGP7, 3rd year student, Stu Cocanougher, share tips for succeeding in the program. 
  • by 5pm: LGP7 participants arrive at Panda Hotel. Check in time is after 2pm.
  • 6pm: Break
  • 7pmDinner, includes introductions and tips from LGP7 to LGP9. Panda Hotel, 30/F Chinese Restaurant

Thursday, Sept. 27

  • 8am: Breakfast provided, Panda Hotel, Panda Cafe
  • 9am: DMIN713 Research Course session, LGP9 students and faculty advisors, The Terrace 7/F, Panda Hotel.
  • 10:30am: Coffee break, LGP9
  • 10:30am: Dr. Clark meets with LGP7 participants for the morning, meet in the Panda Hotel foyer.
  • 11:30am-2pm: Lunch (LGP7 cohort and advisors with Dr. Clark), Sky100.
  • 1pm: Lunch (LGP9 students and advisors), Panda Hotel, 3/F Crystal Room VII
  • 2:30pm: Individual meetings with faculty advisors (LGP7 & LGP9), various locations
  • by 5pm: LGP8 participants arrive at Panda Hotel. Check in time is after 2pm.
  • 7pm: All cohort welcome banquet, includes introductions. Panda Hotel, 30/F Chinese Restaurant.

Friday, Sept. 28

  • 6-9am: Breakfast provided, Panda Hotel, Panda Cafe
  • 10am: Rev. Stephen Miller, Regional Director East Asia, The Mission to Seafarers, Panda Hotel, 4/F Balcony
  • 11:30am: Lunch, Panda Hotel, 4/F Balcony
  • 12:30pm: Transit via MTR (public transit system)Tsuen Wan Line, Tai Wo Hau Station - Central Station (14 stops)
  • 2:30pm: Presentations at Linklaters on Hong Kong legal system, financial markets, and ethic implications, Central, Hong Kong. *Plan on business attire
  • 4pmTransit via MTR. Tsuen Wan Line, Central Station - Kwai Hing Station (13 stops)
  • 5:30pm: Session with Alex Fung, CEO, Modern Medical Equipment. Local entrepreneur who develops businesses with mission purpose, Alex's Kwai Chung office.
  • 7pm: Dinner with Alex at his office at Modern Medical Equipment.

Saturday, Sept. 29

  • 8am: Breakfast provided, Panda Hotel, Panda Cafe
  • 9am-5pm: Plenary presentations, Crystal A, M3 (Panda Hotel). 
    • 9am: Philip Wickeri, Professor of Church History, HKSKH Ming Hua Theological College.
    • 10:15am: Coffee Break  
    • 10:30am: Local representative from Foursquare Hong Kong 
    • 11:30am: Break
    • 11:45-12:45am: Annissa Lui, Chief Executive, Hong Kong Lutheran Social Service
  • 1pm: Lunch, 4/F M3 Crystal B (Panda Hotel)
    • 2pm: David S.H. Wong, the independent non-executive director of the China Merchant Bank Co., Limited in China, Fraser Hospitality Trust Limited, and EC World Reit Limited in Singapore. He is the founding Chairman of Halftime Limited in Hong Kong.
    • 3pm: Coffee Break
    • 3:15pm: Jason Clark, Lead Mentor
    • 4-5:30pm: Jess Yu, local photographer, photographic presentation
  • 6pm or later: Dinner out with Faculty Advisor (provided)

Sunday, Sept. 30

  • 8am: Breakfast provided, Panda Hotel, Panda Cafe
  • Morning: Visit local churches. Choice between: 
    • Choice A: The Vine Church. Largest English Speaking, multiethnic church in Hong Kong.
      • 9:30: Assemble in hotel foyer
      • 10am: Depart via coach (maximum of 45 persons)
      • 10:45am: LGP graduate Tim Beuchsel welcomes the group.
      • 11am service (2 hrs long)
      • 1:15pm: Transit via coach
    • Choice B: Kowloon City Baptist Church. Large church. Chinese experience. Cantonese language.
      • 10:15am: Assemble in hotel foyer
      • 10:45: Depart via coach (maximum of 45 persons)
      • 11:30am: Representative from Kowloon City Baptist, Candi Chui, briefly welcomes group
      • 11:45am-1:15pm service (with English interpretation)
      • 1:30pm: Transit via coach
  • 2pm: Lunch (provided) and church experience debrief with Dr. Clark, Panda Hotel, 4/F Balcony Restaurant
  • 3:30pm and following: Free time.
  • 4pm: OPTIONAL - If you want to join Stu Cocanougher to go shopping at the Jade Market, Temple Street Night Market, and dinner at a Dim Sum restaurant, meet in the lobby and bring your Octopus cards.

Monday, Oct. 1

  • 8am: Breakfast provided, Panda Hotel, Panda Cafe
  • Morning: LGP7 pecha kucha presentations, Panda Hotel, 4/F M3 Crystal Room A.
    • 9:00am: Cocanougher, Stu
    • 9:17am: Dean-Hill, Jennifer
    • 9:34am: Gittens, Lynda
    • 9:51am: Hamilton, Kristin
    • 10:08am: Jenkins Tanks, Christal
    • 10:25am: Coffee Break, 20 mins
    • 10:45am: Lines, Katy
    • 11:02am: Sabella, Jim
    • 11:19am: Stapleton, Chip
    • 11:37am: Walker, Mary
  • Noon: Lunch, Panda Hotel, 4/F Crystal B.
  • 1pm-10pm: Hong Kong field trips
  • Dinner out: Student responsibility. 

Tuesday, Oct. 2

  • 8am: Breakfast provided, Panda Hotel, Panda Cafe
  • 9am-Noon: Students meet with Faculty Advisors (LGP7-9)
  • Lunch student responsibility
  • 12:30-7pm: Hong Kong field trips:
  • 6pm: Dinner, Renfrew Restaurant, Hong Kong Baptist University.
  • Transit back to Panda Hotel via MTR. Kwun Tong Line, Kowloon Tong Station - Prince Edward Station (2 stops), then Tsuen Wan Line, Prince Edward Station - Tai Wo Hau Station (8 stops). Includes 25 mins of total walking.

Wednesday, Oct. 3

  • 8am: Breakfast provided, Panda Hotel, Panda Cafe
  • 9am-1pm: St. Stephen's Society, @ Shung Mun Springs (1 hr transit each way).
    • 9am: Transit via coach (1 hr)
    • 10am: Worship upon arrival - participants divided into 3 or 4 groups for the worship time in the 4 different houses, visiting their residents and facilities.
    • Jackie Pullinger's team will lead the morning event.
    • The group will then come together again after the worship time and various people who work for St. Stephen’s will then share their testimony and experiences.
    • Noon: Transit via coach (1 hr)
  • 1pm: Lunch and VE debrief of Advance with Dr. Clark, Panda Hotel, 4/F Crystal A & B.
  • 3pm: Coffee break
  • 3:30pm: Evaluation and commissioning, Panda Hotel, 4/F Crystal A. 
  • 5pm: Break
  • 7pm: Final banquet, Panda Hotel, 7/F The Terrace

Thursday, Oct. 4

  • 6-8am: Breakfast provided, Panda Hotel, Panda Cafe
  • All participants depart anytime
  • Noon: Check out
  • Optional all-day Tour to Macau. See details above.