Mission School of Ministry, Chattanooga
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MISSION

 

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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PEOPLE

 

Chris SorensenAbbot of the Mission Chattanooga; President of MSM

 

Chris Sorensen serves as the ministerial and organization head of all operations of The Mission Chattanooga. He provides oversight and formation for pastoral staff and oversees the operation of The Mission Abbey, the organizational “hub” of The Mission Chattanooga’s three chapels and diverse ministries. He also served as the first Dean of the MSM. Chris’s vision and wisdom established the MSM and create its basis as a truly unique church-based education program.

 

 

Samuel J. Youngs - Dean of the Mission School of Ministry & MSM Tutor in Theology

 

Samuel Youngs has been a part of The Mission Chattanooga community since 2012. As the Dean he is primarily responsible for shepherding the academic vision of the MSM. He also serves as Tutor in Theology for the MSM. Sam currently teaches in the Christian Studies department at Bryan College in Dayton, TN. He has taught at Bryan since 2011. He is a Ph.D. Candidate in Theology & Religious Studies at King's College (London); he earned his M.A. in Religion from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. His teaching and research interests span philosophical theology, history of doctrine, world religion, and hermeneutics. He served as the Book Reviews Editor for American Theological Inquiry from 2013 to 2015 and has published reviews and/or articles in Reviews in Religion & Theology, Swiss American Historical Review, The Asbury Journal, Trinity Journal, American Theological Inquiry, The Journal of Religious History, Philosophia Christi, and The Journal of Comparative Theology.

 

Fr. Dale HallDirector of Spiritual Formation

In leading the Spiritual Formation track of the MSM, Dale brings to bear 20+ years of full-time ministry experience and years of living into a rule of life as a member of an ecumenical Franciscan Order.  Dale serves as the primary soul friend to our students, oversees their spiritual formation, and coordinates with any other soul friends who will invest in the lives of MSM students.  As a graduate of the MSM himself, Fr. Dale possesses intimate knowledge of the program’s coursework, expectations, infrastructure, and design.

 

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POTENTIAL STUDENTS

 

MSM was formed to equip and train through a unique blend of academics, spiritual formation, and practical ministry. There are three primary “audiences” to which the MSM is especially directed:

 

  • All Christians interested in at-depth engagement with the history, doctrines, and scriptures of their faith, as well as intentional, communal spiritual formation
  • Those aspiring to be deacons (ACNA)
  • Those aspiring to the priesthood (ACNA)

 

For interested lay Christians, MSM offers a robust academic journey and intentional spiritual formation, broadening student understanding of the biblical texts, theological doctrines, and the contemporary mission of the church. Students who do not wish to pursue the priesthood or the diaconate are granted the opportunity to pursue two different tracks within the MSM program (Christian Leadership and Christian Studies). Each program consists in attending classes, reading key biblical and theological literature, and participating in lively discussion and communal spiritual formation. The differences in the two tracks are detailed more fully below, under Program Tracks.

 

For aspirants to holy orders (ordination, becoming a priest), the Anglican Diocese of the South (ADOTS) has officially endorsed the MSM’s “Aspirant Track” as a “program of study for those seeking holy order.” This means that the MSM’s program is seen by the Diocese to provide adequate training for ordination; with this recognition, ADOTS has allowed students to pursue their clerical and theological training through the MSM rather than traveling far away to seminary or accruing massive debt from a more traditional (and costly) seminary education.

 

By the same taken, ADOTS has approved our program as optimal for the training of potential deacons. Our program immerses candidates in ministry, to prepare them for their serving role in church ministry, and equips them academically for their deacons examination    

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