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How Do I Become A Missionary?

You are wholeheartedly set on following what you believe the Lord has for you regardless the cost.  Your expectation is high for what the Lord will do next.  Chances are you’re already doing missional activity, and now you’re considering how training could assist you to understand God’s heart for others.  

VI can be that spring board to the next step.  You may already work with the poor and struggle to see your part in God’s plan.  Or you might find yourself called to another people group and you’re questioning “is this really God’s plan for your life?”  “Seek the Kingdom first” you tell yourself, but you wonder what this means.  You desire to know more about the Kingdom of God- what it is, your part in it.  The next step for you is to train in the Scriptures- to soak it in and hear from others how it is God has worked in their ministry.  We will guide your journey of being trained to be sure that you are fully equipped for a life-long mission in doing God’s work for the Kingdom.

The Journey to become a Missionary

Being on a mission in the Kingdom of God is an amazing call.  In order to prepare and equip you for this journey, we highly recommend that you enter into a commitment to complete an Advanced Certificate of Biblical Leadership.  It is focused on teaching & equipping you with the practical skills you need for the missional activities you will have to perform while giving you the insight and knowledge of the Scriptures so that you can lead others well.

Below we have highlighted the required & recommended tracks that will benefit you most:

  • Required Tracks - 15 Units +

    Kingdom of God Track
    Story of the Kingdom Croasmun & Williams
    Understanding the Kingdom Morphew
    Demonstrating the Kingdom Various Instructors
    Spiritual Formation Summerell
    Kingdom of God: Capstone Howitt & Morphew
    Applied Ministry Skills Track 2*
    Discipleship and Evangelism Mendola & Van Dop
    Pastoral Care and Small Groups Hawes, Rees & Samuelsen
    Assimilation Chorlian
    Apply It – Your Practical Skills Local Leadership
    Apply It – Develop Your Community Local Leadership
    Applied Ministry Skills Track 1*
    Hermeneutics 1 Morphew
    Homiletics Nathan
    Ministry to the Poor Howitt & Morphew
    Apply It - Develop Your Sermon Local Leadership
    Apply It - Your Community Impact Local Leadership

    *These two tracks can be taken in any order.

  • Recommended Tracks - 5 Units +

    Mission and Evangelism Track
    Choose 4 of the following courses:
    • Healing 1
    • Healing 2
    • Luke-Acts
    • Church, Mission and Culture
    • Church Planting
    Capstone: Mission & Evangelism (required)
  • Complete 2 Additional Tracks of Your Choice - 10 Units +

    Additional Tracks
    Old Testament Track
    New Testament Track
    Theology Track
    Biblical Justice Track
    Local Church Leadership Track
    Choice Track (You may choose to do this one twice)
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Student Expectations

We want to make sure you have all the facts about your upcoming course experience so you know how to prepare and be able to set appropriate expectations of the next 2+ years (depending on part-time or full-time course load) years with us and to be able to set aside the right amount of time for each course of study. Click here to see the highlights of your course experience.

The vast majority of our students become involved in a church community in service and support of practical ministry initiatives.  The Vineyard Institute’s applied ministry courses provide a structured way for both student and church to benefit as you are trained to be a missionary right in your own church.  Serving your church in this manner is a great way for your spiritual and practical gifts to be recognized.

Requirements for Graduation

  • 30 Courses (2 or 3 years to complete)
  • 270 Praxis Hours
  • 2.0 or higher GPA
  • Certification upon Graduation

Advanced Certificate in Biblical Leadership (ACBL)