The primary goal at Mid-America is to train men and women to be prepared for the ministry. Of all the puposes of the church, evangelism is the most difficult for young ministers to become proficient. Consequently, evangelism at home and cross-culturally is the Seminary's theme and mission.
The Practical Missions Program is an integral part of training for every student enrolled at Mid-America. This program is named "practical" missions for a purpose. By your third year at Mid-America, you will feel prepared to be an effective witness both in word and deed as you will be required to try a variety of ministries as well as verbalize your faith in many settings. How does the program work?
Practical Missions Assignments
Each full-time student (4-5 courses in a regular semester) must complete two mission assignments per week during the semester. Each part-time student (1-3 courses in a regular semester) must complete one mission assignment per week during the semester. Each auditor or special student must complete one mission assignment per week during the semester. A mission assignment consists of approximately one hour of ministry time in a setting that has an evangelistic emphasis. The purpose of the ministry does not only have to revolve around evangelism, but the ministry must always have an evangelistic end goal. The total number of practical mission assignments which a student may complete during any given week is computed on this basis.
Ultimately, in the ministry you need to be able to share your faith with a variety of people often in complex settings. Consequently, at Mid-America, we're going to help you get the practice you need in order to share the faith in your God-called place of service. All enrolled students must witness to an average of at least one person per week during the semester. To constitute a personal witness, the interview is to include a presentation of the plan of salvation to a person believed to be unsaved and an invitation for that person to receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
Twice a week, we will come together to learn from one another. All students attend Chapel and Report Hour each Tuesday and Thursday. Report Hour gives students the opportunity to share their experiences, uplift one another, and share areas of weakness. For organizational purposes, students report their practical missions activities online weekly.
For more information on Practical Missions, please consult the 2013-2014 Practical Missions Handbook.
Students at the Northeast Branch must attend Chapel and Report Hour during the regular chapel time on either Wednesday or Friday, unless the student has a night-only schedule.
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