Maranatha is Ministry -- By: Brian Trainer
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Maranatha is Ministry
The mission statement of Maranatha Baptist Bible College and Seminary declares that we exist to develop leaders for ministry in the local church and the world “To the Praise of His Glory.” This maxim summarizes well our intended goal. First, we are student-oriented. Our primary intention is the development of people, not the growth of properties, the manufacturing of position statements, or the gain of a financial profit. Second, we seek to influence. Whether in the home, the church, the community, the workplace, or the marketplace, leaders influence. Third, service is a key way to influence. Servant leadership is demonstrated throughout the text of Scripture and is modeled in the person of Jesus Christ. Fourth, the sphere of that influence is localized in the body of Christ, yet it permeates the entire world. We desire that all our students have personal ownership of the axiom that “life is ministry, and ministry is global.” Fifth, the ultimate aim for this purpose, for all people, and for all of life is doxological. We exist to exalt God. Why does Maranatha exist? To develop leaders—influential, service-oriented church-centered leaders—for ministry
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in the local church and the world “To the Praise of His Glory.”
This mission statement effectively declares our purpose, but a delineation of the operative verb “develop” is necessary. Many good institutions state a similar, lofty objective. What distinguishes one from another is the way in which each seeks to develop students to achieve that purpose. The focal point of this article is to communicate the foundational principles that shape the methods Maranatha utilizes in fulfilling its mission. How do we define spirituality? How do we seek to develop spiritual leaders? What means do we utilize to accomplish our purpose? This article is a summary of the biblical principles which we seek to embrace and enact as we develop spiritual leaders for global ministry.2 Four truths summarize the spiritual ethos Maranatha desires in order to effectively develop spiritual leaders:
1. The Gospel is central to the mission of Maranatha.
2. Internal growth is the primary focal point for spiritual development.
3. The distinct environment of a Christian college enhances spiritual development.
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4. External ministry involvement is necessary for spiritual development.
The Gospel is Central to the Mission of Maranatha
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