Equipping Apprentices of Jesus for Active Ministry in the Field

Application Process to Mission Training Center

Things to Keep in Mind For Application to Mission Training Center’s Apprenticeship Model:

  1. Our training is for men and women in any walk of life who desire to grow in their ability as servant-leaders, expand their knowledge, and refine their skills as apprentices of Jesus in their neighborhoods, faith communities, and to the ends of the earth.
  2. The apprentice must be at least 18 years of age with a high school diploma. In some instances the diploma requirement can be waived based on significant life experience in a Christian setting.
  3. Every apprentice must have the permission of his or her pastor and congregation to enter training. Mission Training Center exists to support active ministry in the field, not compete with it. Experience has shown that students who enter training without congregational approval often want to use their training in their local church but cannot. This leads to unhealthy tension within the church body.
  4. Every apprentice must have a local mentor to help with the practical aspects of the training, and to meet the requirements of the apprenticeship model of ministry.
  5. Every apprentice, upon completion of a course, is certified as “an apprentice serving as part of a team” to do the ministry taught in that course. Apprentices work under the supervision of an ordained pastor. Applicants unwilling to minister under supervision are advised against going into lay training.
  6. It is the responsibility of the local faith community in collaboration with the supervising pastor to identify the gifts, team members, ministry plan, and leadership role for the apprentice.
  7. Note: To become a “licensed word and sacrament deacon” in the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod, the apprentice must be a member of a congregation of the LCMS, and apply for certification through the office of the president of his district. Upon completion of the required courses, and at his request, Mission Training Center’s director can send a letter to the appropriate district office to begin this process.

For more information, please visit the Mission Training Center website.