MCKENZIES ON MISSION
SCHOOL IS OFFICIALLY IN SESSION
My program is underway and it’s such an exciting opportunity
If you’ve been following the story of ourendeavor here in Langley you’ll know that I’min a program that is akin to anapprenticeship. Roughly speaking it is a work& study type program. One of the questionsthat always gets asked is “what courses areyou taking?” or “how are your classesgoing?” My answer is often quite vague andthis leaves people wondering. So I thought Iwould take the opportunity to introduce the
program to you so that you’ll have abetter understanding of what I’m doing.In the last few years Fellowship BC, thedenomination I’m working with, noticed thatthey were lacking dynamic new leaders intheir churches. They had been producingseminaries grads but weren’t necessarilyproducing leaders. They took a step backand decided that they needed a newapproach. They’ve worked hard over the lastfew years to create a new program that willhopefully prepare leaders for the future.So what’s the uniqueness of theirapproach? Rather than striving to complete arequired number of courses
iscentered on 27 Outcomes. These Outcomesare essentially characteristics of an impactfulchurch leader. Just to give an example: Faith,Communication, Culture, and Gospel.Through a series of assignments, tasks,experiences, readings, reﬂections, researchetc. a student must prove that they havemastered these outcomes to the best of theirability. Who assesses the progress? Each
student has a mentoring team thatconsists of a Ministry Mentor, aDenominational Mentor, and a NorthwestBaptist Seminary Mentor. These mentors willguide us, test us, teach us, and support usas we strive to discover our calling anddevelop our abilities. In the end a Mastersdegree will be awarded and the students willbe endorsed by the seminary and thedenomination to be church leaders. Another special element of the
program is that students are chosen for theprogram. Pastors and ministry leadersaround BC are encouraged to keep an eyeout for people who show potential as futureleaders. Then those people arerecommended for the program. FellowshipBC and Northwest Baptist then screen theapplicants and choose some as participants.I am so blessed to have been chosenfor this awesome opportunity. It’s such anencouragement to be a
rmed in my calling.We had our intro seminar and the programlooks very tough but I look forward to the
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challenge that lies ahead.Please pray for me as I adjust to being a studentagain. It’s been a while since I’ve written papersand been assessed on a regular basis.I also havestruggles with reading and I would appreciate yourprayers for that.