KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) — Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and its Spurgeon College have announced a partnership with the North American Mission Board to give missions-minded college students an opportunity to train and be mentored by church planters and serve local churches within the North American context.
Fusion students previously have trained at Spurgeon College’s Kansas City campus during their first semester of the program and then deployed to serve overseas with International Mission Board missionaries during their second semester. Now through the program known as Fusion: North America, they will train on campus in the fall and spring semesters, then deploy over the summer months to locations such as New York City, Puerto Rico and Quebec.
“Much thought, planning and effort have gone into bringing this concept to reality,” Midwestern President Jason Allen said, “and we are very much looking forward to the ways it will benefit the local church. We are grateful to NAMB President Kevin Ezell and his team for their willingness to partner and provide such an incredible opportunity to our students.”
While the seminary’s existing IMB partnership — now known as Fusion: International — will continue, Fusion: North America will enable students also to develop “a passion for missions where there is great need — right here in North America,” Allen said. “Our goal is to instill in these students a heart for a lifetime of serving Jesus Christ and proclaiming the Gospel to the lost.”
Ezell echoed Allen’s comments, describing the partnership as “an incredible opportunity for Spurgeon College students to gain experience on the mission field and serve alongside missionaries who are sharing Jesus every day. I am grateful to Jason Allen and the Midwestern leadership for putting their institution on the front lines like this.
“We need more workers in the harvest,” Ezell added. “Fusion: North America will give college students hands-on experience, but my prayer also is that it will ignite a passion for the mission field and for reaching the lost. Everyone has a part to play in this task, and we hope this opportunity will help more people discover their calling.”
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Source: Baptist Press