The Wesley Academy is an internship program for college graduates to spend up to three years living as missionaries to the WTAMU campus half time and working alongside a local church the other half to discern a call into vocational ministry.
What does God want you to do with your life?
Many university students want to help people. They may even be open to working in ministry. Some can see themselves as youth pastors or Bible study leaders, but not pastors of a church. The Wesley Academy is designed to give them hands-on, practical ministry experience to give them a window into what vocational ministry could look like.
The Wesley Academy is a 3 Part System:
Campus Missionary Third
Those in the program are considered “mission staff” at the Wesley and raise funds as missionaries do to work on campus. As staff, these missionaries mentor students, coach small group Bible studies, develop Resource teams, or launch new ministries that have not been created yet. They help develop retreats, set up and prepare Tupos Worship Services, and attend staff meetings.
Church Placement Third
Academy Missionaries are paired with a local church where they serve part-time in: youth, worship, media, or children’s ministry depending on the church’s needs. This is how Academy Missionaries are able to get a window into what ministry looks in a local church level.
Academy Missionaries serve on their staff, and many times, will be able to shadow people in that area of ministry to receive hands-on training.
Training Module Third
Wednesday and Thursday mornings are spent in training modules. Think of this as the “core curriculum.” Local pastors and community leaders come in to train on a variety of topics needed for ministry. These modules include:
Hermeneutics (Inductive Bible Study)
Homiletics (How to preach)
Specific Ministry Track
Each Academy Missionary will choose a specific ministry track to focus on throughout the year. Like Academy Core Modules, they receive training, but more specifically in the field of ministry they are interested in exploring. Think of this like your “major.”
Current Specific Ministry Tracks:
Why campus ministry?
When we think of “missions,” we tend to think about the work on foreign soil. However, there are thousands and thousands of unsaved students coming into the university every year. Not only that, but these students are at an extremely important stage of deciding who they are going to be. As an undergraduate, students make decisions that will impact their lives for decades. All of the past three Great Spiritual Awakenings originated from universities. This critical moment in a person’s life lies at the junction between where they have the most freedom, as well as the lowest amount of responsibility. These two factors create the best conditions for God to do big things in their lives.
Discover your calling as a Wesley Academy Missionary!
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