We Need Pastors

 

7 out of 10 (69%) of our pastors are at or within 10 years of retirement age.

Only 1% of our pastors are between the ages of 20 and 29. 

Very soon, we will need a new influx of pastors to fill pulpits.

What We are Doing About It

College and Seminary Inroads

We are working with active college and seminary students to connect them with opportunities in the Advent Christian network.  We are currently offering internship opportunities and "early exposure” experiences designed to give a potential candidate the chance to explore God’s call on their life in the early stages of their training. Making these connections early in the education cycle helps us build a vital bridge into the AC denomination.

Ministry Training Institute (MTI)

For many, the traditional college to seminary pathway into ministry is not a fit. We are in the middle of developing the Ministry Training Institute (MTI). MTI will be a 3-year college level training program, which will take place in a local setting in one of our field offices or churches. This allows participants to get college level ministry training in an affordable and tangible setting. At present, MTI is due to launch in our field office locations in the fall of 2019.

Field Offices

Because we have Advent Christians in all areas of the nation, we want accessible education in each region. We have now hired 3 field directors for this purpose. Rev. Matthew Larkin, Coordinator of Leadership Development, in Western Maine, Rev. Dr. Adrian Dixon, Field Office Director, in Eastern North Carolina and Rev. Jack Mumford, Field Office Director, in Southern California. More information about these field offices will be coming soon.

MTI (Ministry Training Institute)

MTI is a 3.5 year, 60 credit, cohort-based program for training church planters, missionaries, pastors, elders, deacons and others. A cohort of students begins together each September and journeys through the year completing coursework online, meeting for Socratic symposiums that are designed to sharpen one another through dialogue and exercises, learning from experienced teachers online and through topical seminars, gaining personal experience through the apprenticeship of an approved local church and mentor and developing independent research skills by reading over 2,000 pages during the summer in their chosen track emphasis. Students accepted into the MTI program are also taken through various assessments designed to help in their character formation as they work toward the successful completion of this program by earning the Leadership in Ministry Certificate.

 

MTI is still in the development stage but is expected to start this fall at three strategic locations around the country (Knightdale, N.C., Oxford, Maine, Tustin, Cal.), referred to as field offices. These locations have been selected by ACGC and staffed by an ACGC-approved field office director. Field office directors will work with local churches and pastors in the identification and recruitment of potential students, gathering, training and sending these students into other local churches. Students enrolled in the MTI program remain in their local setting and current employment as they prepare for vocational ministry through the MTI program. Collaboration with local churches and pastors provides opportunity for the apprenticeship and mentoring of MTI students. By remaining where they currently live and work, they do not need to change location or incur significant indebtedness. Program costs are intentionally lower to make the MTI program more readily accessible to prospective students.

“The work of preaching is the highest and greatest and most glorious calling to which anyone can ever be called.” Martyn Lloyd Jones

What You Can Do

Our denomination depends on the relationships you have with the people in the pews.

We are interested in traditional, bi-vocational, second career and non-traditional pastors.

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