Many students receive their theology and missions training in a US, Canadian, or European environment and then go out to work on the mission field. Upon arrival they find that all that theory and learning was helpful but the practical aspects of living in another culture and learning to be effective in ministry in another nation are much different than expected. The fact is, life outside of the US, life is very different and if that is your area of ministry you will find many challenges that take most missionaries several years to learn to overcome. Living in another nation is by itself an extremely challenging thing to do, and being effective in ministry in another nation is an even greater challenge. By studying on the mission field and gaining experience at the same time you can both receive needed training, in an environment where you can gain experience and receive mentorship, and learn to meet the challenges of living and functioning in another culture.
There are many short term programs today in various nations in which you can gain short term training of a few weeks or a few months or even a year or two. Many do discipleship training programs of various kinds. But at the conclusion of that training what is the one completing that program qualified to do? In most cases they receive no more than a certificate saying they attended such a program. They have no degree, they have no recognized education or training and the program itself is not recognized by anyone. If the graduate takes their certificate of completion to a missions organization as proof of qualification to do missions work, it will in most cases not be accepted. So while the student may have a very inspirational experience, they are actually not qualified to do much, if anything, other than try to start their own ministry and raise their own funds to do so. Unfortunately, most of these programs do not actually prepare the student to start and run their own ministry nor are they in a position to raise the needed funds to do so.
Here at SBC you can earn an accredited degree in theology and missions that will be recognized world wide. In this program we use the principle of praxis. Praxis is reflective learning in which you learn, do, and reflect upon your work both in terms of learning about yourself and to be more and more effective in your ministry. Thus you gain the best of both worlds. You gain practical experience in a Spirit filled training program in which the gifts of the Spirit are taught and experienced along with a recognized, accredited degree. At the same time, you gain experience in living and working abroad that will put you years ahead when you begin your international ministry work.
7:30-8:30 Prayer in the chapel
2:30-5:00 Ministry time (opportunities listed below, can be tailored to student interests)
5:00-6:00 Travel to house/ flexible time
6:00-7:00 Dinner at house
7:00- 11:00 Study and free time
Saturday: Ministry Projects
Sunday: Church Services / Day of Rest
Monday – Friday Ministry Opportunities: Ebenezer Grace Children’s home; Bright Life Mission (Street kids); Dorcas Center; Other church or NGO projects; SBC outreach projects such as evangelism or prayer for the sick organized at a local church; Weekly prayer and worship time open to all in the chapel or at a local church; volunteering at a local church or ministry as arranged; Sports outreach to youth around soccer sponsored by the college; etc.
Saturday Outreach: Jesus Film outreach opportunities to towns around Awassa with prayer for the sick and presentation of the gospel; cooperative projects with Rift Valley Vision missionaries working among Muslims; Street evangelism with local churches; outreach to women using video presentation similar to Jesus Film but specifically for women; cooperation with medical outreach project teams.