Richmond is an unassuming city of untapped global potential. Within the first five months of moving to Virginia’s capital, our team discovered people from over 121 nations living, working, studying, and settling in the city. The foreign-born population has doubled in the past ten years, resulting in a rich and vibrant diversity of cultures. Many immigrants, international students, asylum seekers, and refugees are from countries that have limited or no access to the gospel. We view their presence as a God-given opportunity to share the love of Jesus with them.
Our world is changing daily. Expanding global cities and large movements of people require that we adapt mission strategy, especially regarding the millions of people who have yet to hear the gospel in an understandable way. Richmond provides an international training ground for those who want to engage with Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists in an urban setting while pursuing the next step of obedience in missions.
GFM Richmond has designed its Missionary Training School (MTS) to equip students to enter global cities with a diaspora (movement of peoples) mission strategy. Whether the focus is with unreached peoples in America or overseas, our long-term staff trains students to work in places with high populations of unreached peoples. Throughout the training, students are immersed in a gospel-centered community and participate in one-on-one mentoring.
Along with challenging classroom interaction, MTS students learn to build relationships and share the gospel in a culturally-appropriate way through relevant, hands-on ministry in international contexts. Staff and students in Richmond are currently involved in a variety of community ministries with foreign-born newcomers:
- ESL/ELL teaching programs for adults and children
- English conversation clubs
- Tutoring school-aged children with homework
- University student English partner program
- Mosque visitation and spiritual conversations
- Bible reading and storytelling in private homes
- Women’s sewing club and personal ESL/ELL
- Home visitation and befriending families
- Learning a foreign language and culture
Some specifics of the MTS program:
- Applicants must be high school graduates
- 5-month program offered twice annually, starting in January and August
- Facilitators with significant foreign mission experience
- Monday through Friday classroom sessions and worship
- 12-15 hours of weekly ministry time with internationals
- $3,750 total tuition cost* ($750/month) which includes housing, utilities, and tuition
- Credits eligible for a Bible degree**
- Applications due two months before the start of MTS
Joining us for a season of intentional service and guided learning alongside fellow classmates could launch you, in the best way possible, to be the hands and feet of Christ to the nations. We invite you to enroll in MTS Richmond and take your first steps in making Jesus famous among the nations!
Please contact us to discover more about our missionary training school in one of the most diverse cities in the USA.
* Tuition cost does not include personal expenses. Cost is for single students who will live in group housing. For married students or students who already live in Richmond and want to commute, the price will be lowered and will not include housing or utilities.
** If all required coursework is completed.