Upcoming Advance Schedule

Hong Kong Advance 2015

Hong Kong Advance 2015 in pictures

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 Mariners' Club,
    • Address: 11 Middle Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
    • Phone: +(852) 2368 8261
    • Onsite facilities (St. Peter's Church, the Wheelhouse Restaurant and bars, leisure, pool, postal, money exchange, etc)
    • Laundry facilities are available (updated): Washing and drying services are available from the front desk/reception at $40HGD for 2.5kg bag of clothes. Bring them to the front desk before 11am and they returned by 5pm. Pick them up at the front desk/reception.
    • AC available
    • Check-in: 2pm or later
    • Check-out: Noon
    • Transit options to/from the airport. If you would like to use a taxi, see these directions provided by Mariners'.


  • The Mariners' Club 
    • Address: 11 Middle Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
    • Phone: +(852) 2368 8261

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, adult)
  • Entire advance participation- $550 (Shared room, child rooming with parents)
  • 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
  • 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 (see exchange rate)
  • Local transport: Once onsite, aside from the use of coaches to expedite transport of large groups on field trips, everyone will want to use the local mass transport system known as the MTR. The best way to use it is to purchase an Octopus card

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 Mariners' Club

If you would like to stay at the Mariners' 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 Mariners' Club, Wheelhouse Restaurant.
  • Local transport options to/from the airport and for field trips:
    • MTR – public transit system
    • Taxi
    • Bus provided for the group when specified below
  • 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.
  • Dress code: Casual, except for business casual on Friday and Sunday.


*All details are tentative

Tuesday, Sept. 22

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

Wednesday, Sept. 23

  • 8am: Breakfast, Wheelhouse Restaurant, available each day from 7-10 am, buffet style
  • 9am-10:45am: Program orientation with Jason Clark Mariners' Conference Room
  • 10:45-11am: Coffee Break
  • 11am-1pm: Program orientation with Loren Kerns, and Cliff Berger, Mariners' Conference Room
  • 1pm: Lunch, Mariners' Seven Seas Lounge
  • 2-5:30pm: DMIN 713 class with Cliff Berger, Mariners' Conference Room
  • 6pm: Dinner, Wheelhouse Restaurant

Thursday, Sept. 24

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

Friday, Sept. 25

  • 7-10am: Breakfast buffet is available anytime, Wheelhouse Restaurant
  • 10am-noon: Touring the Mission to Seafarers with Stephen Miller, Mariners' Main Hall
  • Noon: Lunch, Wheelhouse Restaurant with Stephen Miller
  • 2pm-5pm: Field trip visit to Linklaters
    • 1-2pm: Transit via coach
    • 2-2:30pm: Tea, coffee and snacks provided
    • 2:30-4pm: Topic includes discussion of the financial and legal systems of Hong Kong with Marc Harvey and Stephen Fletcher
    • 4-4:30pm: Debrief session following with David Wong. Dr. David Wong is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, a Certified Halftime Coach and the Chairman of Halftime Hong Kong. He is a senior international banker turned professional coach for senior executives in leadership positions. He also sits on boards of listed companies and non-profit organizations, and acts as an advisor to companies in the Greater China region.
    • 4:30-5pm: Jase Clark leads debrief of the day
  • 7pm: Dinner (student responsibility)
  • Students return to Mariners' via MTR at their own leisure

Saturday, Sept. 26

  • 7-9am: Breakfast with faculty advisors (esp cohorts 4 & 5), Wheelhouse Restaurant or elsewhere
  • 9-9:30am: Prayer, Mariners' Main Hall
  • 9:30am-1pm: dminlgp faculty advisor presentations with Q & A following, Mariners' Main Hall
    • 9:30am: Stephen Garner, "Research as worship, doxology and vocation"
    • 10:10am: Laura Simmons, "How Walking the Camino is Like Pursuing a DMin Degree"
    • 10:50am: Coffee Break
    • 11am: Glenn Williamsm "Changing the way leaders think and behave"
    • 11:40: Len Hjalmarson, "Broken Futures: Adaptive Challenge and the Church in Transition"
    • 12:20pm: Patrick Murunga, "The challenge of change: The church in Kenya"
  • 1-2pm: Lunch, Wheelhouse Restaurant
  • 2-4pm: Martyn Percy, "‘The Nature of Ministry: Church, Mission and Culture’ presentation with Q & A following, Mariners' Main Hall
  • 4-4:30pm: Break
  • 4:30-5:30pm: Local photographer Jess Yu presentation, Mariners' Main Hall
  • 6pm: Dinner with faculty advisor, location student-advisor choice
  • 7:30-7:45pm:Cohort and advisors assemble at Mariners' Hall foyer and transit to the waterfront to view Hong Kong's Symphony of Lights on waterfront, which starts at 8pm (Optional).

Sunday, Sept. 27

  • 8am: Breakfast, Wheelhouse Restaurant
  • 9am-12:30: Free time
  • Lunch (student responsibility
    • 12:45pm: Assemble at Mariners' foyer to travel to Island ECC church
    • 1pm: Transit via coach
    • 1:30-4:30pm: Visit Island ECC church, including campus tour, sessions with church staff, and worship service
    • 1:30pm - Meet with Evonne Chong, Deputy Director of Ministry Support, at the Ground Floor lobby of 633 King's Rd
    • 1:30-2pm: Evonne will take the group on a tour of 9, 10 & 11th floors, Island ECC's newest facilities
    • 2-2:50pm: Evonne will bring the group to the 10th floor to meet with Rick Bates to talk about Island ECC's history, core values, etc and answer questions. 
    • 2:50pm: The students and advisors go to the 2F to attend the 3pm service, allowing some time to get coffee at our coffee bar and good seats
    • 4:30pm: Transit back to Mariners' via coach
  • Rest of the day free
  • Dinner (student responsibility)
  • 6:30-9pm: Mid-Autumn Festival 2015 at Victoria Park: There is a huge expertly designed lantern display, a big fire dragon dance, kungfu demonstrations and folk music, and crafts are displayed (Optional)
    • 6:30pm: Meet in the Mariners' foyer to transit via MTR to Victoria Park
    • 7:30pm: Causeway Bay Fire Dragon Dance, The Tai Hang area and Victoria Park in Causeway 

Monday, Sept. 28

  • 7-7:45am: Breakfast, Wheelhouse Restaurant
  • 7:45-8:15am: Prayer, Mariners' St. Peters Church
    • 8:15am-1pm: St. Stephen's Society tour
    • 8:15-9am: Transit to St. Stephen's Society (via coach)
    • 9am-noon: St. Stephen's Society tour with Jackie Pullinger
      • Charity Nyamah meets the group at the Shing Mun Springs gate to offer a greeting
      • Worship. The students will be split into 4 groups (A-D, details posted to the facebook groups) in the 4 different houses.
      • Various people who work for St. Stephen’s will then be sharing their testimony and experiences in plenary session.
      • Jackie will lead the morning event and start off with her own story in plenary session.
    • Noon-1pm: Lunch (provided) and debrief, Breakthrough Canteen
  • 1-5pm: Visit The Peak
    • 1-1:30pm: Transit to The Peak (via coach)
    • 1:30-6pm: Tour The Peak, including tram trip to the top
  • 6pm: Dinner (student responsibility)
  • Students return to Mariners' via MTR at their own leisure

Tuesday, Sept. 29

  • 7:30-8:30am: Breakfast, Wheelhouse Restaurant
  • 8:30-9am: Morning prayers, Mariners' Conference Room
  • 9-10am: Transit to HKSKH Ming Hua Theological College (via coach)
  • 10am-12:30pm: Dialogue among GFES and HKSKH Ming Hua Theological College students-faculty, large lecture room
    • Ming Hua Theological College faculty presentation
    • Dr. Morse presentation
    • Dr. Philip Wickeri or Dr. Garath Jones presentation
    • Small panel of HKSKH Ming Hua Theological College students share about their ministry dreams and contexts, including opportunities and challenges with Q & A following
  • 12:30-1:30pm: Lunch, HKSKH Ming Hua Theological College, catered by Pret-a-Manager 
  • 1:30-5:30pm: Field Trip to visit Hong Kong Lutheran Social Services
    • 1:30-2:30pm: Transit via coach
    • 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 via coach
  • 6pm: Closing Banquet Dinner, Mariners' Main Hall

Wednesday, Sept. 30

  • 7:30-8:30am: Breakfast, Wheelhouse Restaurant
  • 8:30-9am: Morning prayers, Mariners' St. Peters Church
  • 9am-1pm: Student cohort 4 research pecha kucha presentations (all others audience), Mariners' Main Hall
  • 1-2pm: Lunch, Wheelhouse Restaurant
  • 2-2:30pm: dminlgp4 & 5 share survival tips with dminglp6, Mariners' Main Hall
  • 2:30-3pm: Advance debrief Mariners' Main Hall
  • 3-4pm: Program and advance evaluation by cohort, Mariners' Main Hall
  • 4-6pm: Break
  • 6-9pm: Closing Dinner, Serenade Restaurant 

Thursday, Oct. 1

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