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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

Below we have highlighted for you the required and recommended elective courses that you will want to take throughout your time in VI.

  • Required Core Courses +

    Required Kingdom of God Courses
    Story of the Kingdom Croasmun & Williams
    Understanding the Kingdom Morphew
    Demonstrating the Kingdom Various Instructors
    Spiritual Formation Summerell
    Kingdom of God: Capstone Howitt & Morphew
  • Required Ministry Courses +

    Required Ministry Courses
    Assimilation :Transforming 1st Time Guests into Engaged MembersChorlian
    Discipleship and EvangelismVan Dop & Mendola
    Hermeneutics 1Morphew
    Homiletics: The Art of PreachingNathan
    Ministry to the PoorHowitt & Morphew
    Pastoral Care and Small GroupsRees, Rønne-Samuelsen & Hawes
  • Recommended Electives +

    Recommended Electives
    1 Corinthians Howitt
    Church Development and Leadership: Money, Power and Ethics Nicholson
    Church Planting Nicholson & Pathak
    Healing 1 Venter
    Healing 2 Venter
    Leaders Self Understanding Williams & Heselton
    Luke-Acts Morphew
    Pauline Literature and Theology Williams
    Peacemaking Love
    Philosophy of Ministry Venter
    Reconciliation Montgomery & Venter
    The Book of Hebrews Morphew
    The Church, Mission and Culture: A Changing Church For A Changing World Williams
    The Holy Spirit: God Inside Out Ponsonby
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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 or 3 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 praxis courses provide a structured way for both student and church to benefit as students are trained to be missionaries 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)