Our Missionary Apprenticeships are only available for people who have graduated from one of our missionary training schools or our online missionary training school. We often times compare our MTS to “medical school” in that it is a specialized program designed to equip people to do cross-cultural ministry among unreached people groups. While book knowledge, theory and foundational concepts are important steps towards becoming a doctor, most people would say that you really learn to be a medical professional during rotations and residency when you are getting on-the-job training actually serving in a hospital. So we highly recommend that people that go through our in-person or online missionary training school do a missionary apprenticeship after graduation being mentored and discipled by our full-time staff. This will be a chance for apprentices to do missionary “rotations” where they will get to put into practice everything that they learned during the missionary training without having to worry about classwork. It will be a time to actually do full-time ministry by hosting short-term mission trips, co-leading the missionary training school, doing disciple making and church planting among the internationals, etc. People learn best by doing, so we want to give apprentices an opportunity to really grow by having more ministry responsibility while being coached and mentored along the way.
We will continue the holistic “head, heart, hand” approach to training started during missionary training school. MTS is pretty heavy on “head” because of all of the work and assignments, so we will go light on that during the apprenticeship, although we always want our folks to be in learner mode. We will have a second “freedom camp” for apprentices and also have pastoral care available to continue ministering to the “heart”. We will continually emphasize all ministry coming out of an abiding relationship with Christ and His Word.
The “hands” will obviously be a big part of the apprenticeship as well. Our goal is to find the role where you can best serve and glorify the Lord by using your God-given gifts, personality, experience, and talents. The missionary apprenticeship serves as a time for us to see how you perform in different ministry situations and give you a chance to find where your niche is in ministry. As a missionary apprentice, you will be assigned a coach that will help you come up with a job description and keep you accountable to meeting your ministry goals while encouraging and assisting you along the way. We are dedicated to seeing you grow in your gifts while playing a significant role in furthering the Gospel among the nations that are coming here.
Missionary training school students are just beginning to see some of the fruit from their ministry after five months, so the missionary apprenticeship is a great opportunity to continue investing in relationships that have been started and hopefully see more people come into the kingdom and develop discipleship relationships during those seven months. The apprenticeship is a great time for leadership development as well since you will get to begin hosting short-term teams, helping co-lead the missionary training school, start new Bible studies among refugees, etc. Jesus spent three years with his disciples in a type of apprenticeship where he did life together, taught, modeled, encouraged, watched them do ministry, answered their questions, delegated authority, and then eventually sent them out to go make their own disciples. We see the missionary apprenticeship as a very intentional time of leadership development and equipping, so that the people we send out on their next ministry assignment feel equipped to go out and train the next generation of disciples.