It is one thing to study cross-cultural ministry in the classroom…but how will you learn first-hand what it's like to be a missionary? Some knowledge is best gained through experience. This is the purpose of the Internship concentration of the accredited Missions bachelor degree at Appalachian Bible College.
The ABC Advantage
After three years of studying a double major of Bible / Theology and Missions at Appalachian Bible College, you will be given a top opportunity to test what you've learned: a 6-8 week missionary internship.
Spending a summer immersed in another culture will provide you with a tremendous advantage as you graduate and pursue Jesus' commission to "go therefore, and teach all nations."
Mr. Phillip Peterson -
I did not come to ABC after 18 years in missions because I was tired and wanted to come “home.” No, I would love to still be serving in any part of the world! But there is a great need to see the next generation prepared and trained to carry out The Mission.
The Internship Concentration provides you an opportunity to put into practice in a foreign country, under the guidance of a veteran missionary, lessons from the classroom. I desire that my efforts as a missionary be greatly multiplied through many graduates who endeavor to make disciples of all nations.
Why Missions - Internship?
Internships are a long-standing method of equipping future missionaries. The Apostle Paul himself took along several "interns" as he preached and planted churches; among them was Timothy. The result of Timothy's time with the apostle was a reputation for faithful service. Later Paul wrote, "You know the proof of him, that […] he has served with me in the gospel" (Phil. 2:22).
An internship will give you the chance to work alongside experienced missionaries, evangelizing and discipling people very different from you. It will be challenging, stretching, and richly rewarding. Together with your ABC coursework in Bible and Theology and Missions, this internship will instill in your heart a passion and capability for lifelong missionary service.
Missions students at Appalachian Bible College have served internships in many different fields, including:
- Tribal ministry in Kenya
- Evangelism in Sweden
- Church plant survey in Denmark
- Inner-city Muslim ministry in the U.S.
Objectives & Outcomes
|You will be trained in…||Leading to…|
|Identifying the biblical patterns and means for fulfilling the missionary mandate||determining where and how you can serve God in worldwide missions.|
|Examining the biblical methodologies for church planting and growth||implementing the appropriate steps to establish an effective church ministry.|
|Knowing the basic presuppositions of major 20th century religions||intelligently communicating the Gospel of Christ to followers of other belief systems.|
|Discovering the critical nature of relationships in ministry||establishing strong relationships for the purpose of evangelism and discipleship.|
|Discerning which cultural differences are biblically permissible||effectively ministering to people of diverse cultures.|