Global Mission Seminary
Starting in Budapest in 2002, GLEC founded the Institute of Global Missions first in Budapest, and then expanded to Moscow, Rome, Paris, Barcelona, Berlin and London in seven countries with more than 300 graduates. In 2008, it started to operate independently and was renamed. In 2011, GLEC established the Global Mission Seminary, which is divided into three major divisions: theological department, mission department and training department.
Department of Theological Education
The headquarters of the Global Mission Seminary (GMS) is located in the GLEC Building, with the philosophy of integrating theological education and global missions. The GMS uses a “Glo-calization” model, which emphasizes local evangelism, cultivation, missions, and rooting. Their goal is to cultivate local ministers and leaders and to send excellent teachers to the mission field. By setting up classrooms on the mission field, students can learn while continuing to serve in their local churches, workplaces, and communities, reducing the cost of training workers for God’s kingdom and enabling students to equip themselves while simultaneously serving and making an impact in local evangelism.
In North American seminaries, a full-time theological student typically needs about $25,000 to $45,000 a year, not including expensive tuition fees. If the student needs to relocate with their family and adapt to a new environment and language, the cost can exceed $100,000.
GMS focuses on the needs of future workers in the kingdom of God and the vast mission fields. We offer on-site theological education and dispatch teachers to cultivate talent in the mission field, building workers who spread the gospel. With the aid of online teaching, we greatly reduce the cost of education, making it possible to cover the learning expenses of one student for less than US$4000 per year.
GMS campuses are located in Russia, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, and other regions, with hub campuses established to meet the needs of different cities and borders, as well as irregular classes held in other parts of Asia. We offer degrees in Doctor of Missiology, Master of Mission logical Studies, Bachelor of Theology, and Diploma of Pastoral Ministry, and GMS is internationally certified as a member of the Asia Theological Association (ATA).
In 2020, during the pandemic, we effectively assisted teaching and practical work at various campuses through online teaching. In early 2021, we decided to launch an EMBA in Leadership and Mission to cultivate more bivocational workers from various fields, including business, academia, public education, and healthcare, in addition to church workers, to promote workplace evangelism, business evangelism, farm evangelism, national evangelism, and more. In the new century, we aim to cultivate more mission talents and elites for the kingdom of God.
Department of Mission
Our mission is to build up mission workers everywhere and in North America to extend education and on-the-job training to churches and institutions in crosscultural missions so as to be able to participate more effectively in supporting and sending cross-cultural mission workers in close unity with each other Gospel partnership to jointly accomplish the Great Commission.
Our goal is to “implement ministry education, nurture mission workers, care for the unreached”. There are three categories:
- Kairos mission course: We provide the teaching material and understanding course. Through this course, students not only have deeper understanding and more practical experience in terms of the Bible, history, strategy and culture. It is also a journey that impacts life, overthrows the worldview, and reconstructs the ministry of Christians! Since its launch in North America in 2012, the Center has successfully run more than 30 courses so far and a total of more than 800 students have completed their courses.
- Cross-cultural mission training: In line with the resources of international missionary activities, it provides a series of integrated cross-cultural training programs such as the spiritual molding of mission workers, biblical theology in missionary mission, cross-cultural communication, oral Jesus story, Cultural Leadership, Spiritual Warfare, Corporate Mission, Big Mission Companies, Today’s Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and more. Take practical exits through training courses in the classroom, cross-culturally close to local communities, and cross-cultural briefings overseas to achieve effective experiential learning.
- Business as Mission(BAM): We promote, “Be the Kingdom Person, Join the Kingdom Business, live the Kingdom Life.” We go mobilize and equip Christians in the business community to help people around them out of poverty and repression! We need Christians with a business or entrepreneurial background to work overseas with us and get involved in training potential local owners who are ready to successfully create and run the micro-businesses that they are familiar with locally. In addition, we need funding for these small businesses (up to US $2,000 for each startup small business).
- Cultural Exchange Camp : Join us to go on short-term mission trips abroad during summer and winter breaks. We host cultural exchange camps at universities, providing immersion programs in both Chinese and English to help university students practice their oral skills using practical teaching materials. With interactive group discussions and activities, these camps not only bring about effective learning outcomes but also allow participants to experience Christian faith and values, building bridges for the gospel.
Department of Training
In some mission areas, the environment is not suitable for theological classes, but local churches need to train their co-workers. Therefore, the mission training centers focus on the cultivation of co-workers in local churches. Main textbook editing and training courses are designed and developed for the mission area. Currently there are 10 compiled textbooks of teaching materials, including “Making Truths,””Group Courses,””Crisis Association,””Short Handbook,””How to Study the Bible,””Life in Christ,””Discipleship,””Jesus ministry” and “Psalms and life”.