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Mission Fellows Program Launches

Feb 10 2012

In this increasingly postmodern culture, preparing Christian leaders for service to the world demands new ways of thinking about theological education. Graduate education at Wesley retains the traditional requirements of Bible, Christian history, and theology courses, but Wesley also seeks to creatively equip today’s technologically-adept and service-oriented students who are called to change the world. As Wesley professor Dr. Drew Dyson has said, “Wesley Theological Seminary has boldly claimed its mission as a church-based seminary that seeks to form leaders for ministry in the church and the world.” Embracing that historical missional impetus, Wesley is accepting applications for a new program designed to provide theological grounding for those pursuing new directions for ministry, whether through a call to ordination, lay ministry or other service in the world.
 
Wesley's “Mission Fellows” will be seeking faithful solutions to the challenges of service and leadership within the growing number of missional churches and other emerging ministry settings. They will enjoy exceptional opportunities to grow through service as site liaisons for the foundational Spiritual Formation for Ministry course required by Wesley for first year M.Div. students. Mission Fellows will receive a $10,000 stipend for educational and living expenses and a self-designed ministry project. As part of the mentoring support provided by the fellowship, each Fellow has the opportunity to meet with missional church faculty, staff and other advisors to discern how best to allocate the stipend funds.
 
The self-designed ministry project done with the guidance of an academic advisor will build on students’ previous experience with mission and ministry in the world. Students who have engaged in service learning programs such as the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps and Teach for America will enhance their understanding of the theological context for their work. Students who feel called to church planting will gain an understanding of what servant leadership really means.
 
Students who are interested in becoming a Mission Fellow in 2012-2013 are encouraged to apply to the Mission Fellows program as part of their admissions process to Wesley. Applications for admission and additional Mission Fellows essays are due by February 15, 2012. Finalists for the Mission Fellows program will be invited to interviews in Washington, DC, March 16-18, 2012. Fellowships will be announced in late March of 2012.

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