At present, the Western world is confronted with an alarming downward trend in the vitality of the Christian church. Several generations of pandering to the dominant cultural values of consumerism, individualism, an esteem of “success” judged overly much by business principles and the bottom line, and an obsession with hero-worship, have produced an American church that is marked by shallow preaching, sporadic discipleship, a commodification of worship, and an unsatisfied longing for a Jesus who is real, transcendent, holy, and life-changing. Any response worthy of consideration must be multifaceted, rich, and missional. Complex problems require more than simple, cosmetic solutions.
One piece of the problem that is easy to identify is the lack of affordable yet rich formation for contemporary clergy and lay people. There are many excellent seminaries that have invested into the training and formation of pastors. The problem is that those institutions have high tuition costs, which in turn leads to an increasing prevalence of student debt. Graduates with significant debt are then hamstrung by needing to finds jobs that pay well, regardless of whether or not those jobs are making much of a kingdom impact. Another hurdle with traditional seminary models is that educational candidates often must leave their ministerial context and journey far away to spend years in an academic setting that leaves them disconnected, both from the people they are called to pastor and the world they must understand.
The Mission School of Ministry was founded to address this need in the life of the church by providing a church-based training ministry that educates, forms, and equips.
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