EDUCATION

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor and master’s degrees in more than 70 areas of study. Affiliated with the Missionary Church, Bethel College is a Christian community of scholars and learners dedicated to building lives of commitment for leadership in the church, the nation and the world. More than 2,100 students pursue liberating academic programs to challenge the mind and to become equipped for lifelong service. https://player.vimeo.com/video/263001202

Website: www.bethelcollege.edu

The Missionary Church USA designed the Pastoral Leadership Institute (PLI) for second-career people – mature adults who want to be equipped for vocational, bi-vocational, or volunteer ministry.  The convenience, flexibility, and financial economy of studying online from home allows anyone to be trained in the essentials of ministry and gain the necessary educational qualifications for licensing in the Missionary Church.

For more information see the PLI Website.

A Hispanic version is available and is known as ILP: el Instituto para el Liderazgo Pastoral.  Contact pliadmin@mcusa.org for more information.

The Western Region of the Missionary Church has the WR Pastoral Institute.

The Pastoral Leadership Institute has been modified to serve various local needs.  Allentown, PA has an on-site Spanish version.

In Hawaii the Pastoral Leadership Institute classes are provided locally and can be joined via video links.  Contact the Regional Director of the Pacific Rim for more details.

BETHEL COLLEGE MASTER OF MINISTRY PROGRAM

This program is available to all licensed and ordained Missionary Church ministers who are presently serving full-time in a Missionary Church. Other Missionary Church students may apply provided funds are available.

Scholarship monies are based on $113 per credit hour taken per semester of the Bethel College Master of Ministry program. A copy of the Bethel College Student Monthly Statement should accompany each request. A copy of the previous semester’s grade report should accompany ongoing requests. Checks are payable to the student and Bethel College.

Applications should be sent to:

Scholarships
Missionary Church, Inc.
P. O. Box 9127
Fort Wayne IN  46899-9127

Students not completing courses for which they have received scholarship money will not receive additional scholarships until those courses are completed.

Students failing to maintain satisfactory grades (at least a C grade or above) will not be considered for scholarships.

Initial Application

Renewal Application

 

MINISTERIAL SEMINARY SCHOLARSHIP

In order to assist ministers who are continuing their graduate education in seminaries, or similar institutions, a modest scholarship is available. Students may apply to the Director of Generate and must be approved by their network leaders and the denominational directors to enter the scholarship program.

Full-time students may qualify for assistance of up to $1,000 per academic year. Recipients are eligible for three years of benefits to total no more than $3,000.

Preference is given to full-time students who are enrolled in a Master of Divinity program and whose stated intention is to serve in pastoral or church planting ministry.

 

Scholarship applications for the fall semester must be received by August 1st, and applications for the spring semester must be received by January 1st. The directors will approve scholarships each semester. Scholarships will be paid after the registrar of the academic institution in which the recipient is enrolled has certified course enrollment.

Applicants should complete the Missionary Church doctrinal questionnaire as part of the application process.

Applications should be sent to:
Scholarships
Missionary Church, Inc.
P. O. Box 9127
Fort Wayne IN  46899-9127

Initial Application

Continuing Students Application

 

KENNETH E. GEIGER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

The purpose of the Kenneth E. Geiger Memorial Scholarship Fund is to promote and assist in the training of students of Christian ministry who demonstrate exceptional ability and commitment to excellence in ministry. Applicants must be in the last year of a masters level program at an approved seminary or in at least the first year of a doctoral level program. Preference will be given to applicants at the doctoral level who are graduates of approved seminaries or who have served the Missionary Church.

Dr. Kenneth E. Geiger was committed to excellence in his life of service in the Missionary Church. Upon graduation from college, he began a pastoral ministry that, after 13 years, led his peers to select him as their district superintendent. In 1956 he was elected general superintendent of the former United Missionary Church. In 1969 Dr. Geiger was elected the first president of the Missionary Church. He served in this position until he retired from full-time ministry in 1981.

On July 20, 1984, after 46 years of committed service to Christ and His Church, Dr. Kenneth E. Geiger was killed in an automobile accident while enroute to the Nigerian Conference of the United Missionary Church of Africa.

PURPOSE
The purpose of the Kenneth E. Geiger Memorial Scholarship Fund is to promote and assist in the training of students for Christian ministry who demonstrate exceptional ability and commitment to excellence in ministry.

ELIGIBILITY
The criteria for eligibility for the Kenneth E. Geiger Memorial Scholarship shall include the following:

  1. A member in good standing and be licensed or approved for license in the Missionary Church.
  2. Be in the last year of a masters level program at an approved seminary or in at least the first year of a doctoral level program. Preference will be given to applicants at the doctoral level who are graduates of approved seminaries or who have served the Missionary Church.
  3. Evidence of a commitment to Christian service.
  4. Demonstrate academic excellence.
  5. Possess good communication skills.
  6. Evidence of leadership potential.

The application materials will include letters of recommendation from the applicant’s pastor, network leader, institution in which he/she is enrolled and a lay person from the Missionary Church. Other materials to be submitted include transcripts, statement of call and plans for ministry and a written sermon. Scholarship awards will not be conditioned on evidence of financial need.

Applications should be sent to:

Scholarships
Missionary Church, Inc.
P. O. Box 9127
Fort Wayne IN  46899-9127

Application 

Licensing and ordination are significant events in the life of a pastor and the church body he/she serves.  The Missionary Church encourages its pastors to pursue both licensing and ordination and their personal development in continuing education.

Your leadership in the network of which you are a part will have details on how to become licensed.  Below is some information that is used by a number of these networks, all of which follow the Missionary Church Constitution which has licensing requirements listed in Appendix 1.

Here are two additional resources for you to help in the credentialing process.

Foundations… is an adult catechism that has been revised. Both the student worksheets and the teacher’s manual may be downloaded. These materials are provided in Rich Text Format (RTF) so you may include information about your local church in the studies.

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Student’s Workbook
Teacher’s manual
Overheads (Adobe Acrobat)

Fundamentos Español
Fundamentos Estudiantes
Fundamentos Maestro
Fundamentos Transparencias (Adobe Acrobat)