By Melanie J. Knox, Page Editor
Registration is taking place for this year’s Summer Seminar in Missions, which is Maymester and Summer I courses in mission work with a section on practical training.
The courses offered are for everyone, not just missions or ministry majors, and the courses will satisfy any upper-level Bible credits needed.
“Missions is something everyone can be involved in,” said Dr. Sonny Guild, director of the Institute for Missions and Evangelism. “They will learn about the challenges in missions and how to meet those challenges.”
The schedule this year has altered from last year, which was a four-week seminar, to a three-week format. In addition, a well-known missions specialist, Gary Corwin, will be brought in to speak, and people from other institutions are also invited this year to be a part of the practical training session.
“The interaction is so important,” Guild said. “These people aren’t just in class together, but they also have Chapels, group times, breakout sessions and evening devotionals. You really get to know people who are doing missions and dreaming about doing missions.”
The seminar usually has 60 people attend the first session, 40 attend the second, and Guild said the majority take two classes and do both sessions.
The cost is tuition and room and board, the same as it would be for taking a class during the semester. Last year, participants all stayed in McDonald residence hall, but this year, they will most likely stay in Nelson residence hall, because the lobby is more useful for devotional times.
Generous scholarships are available, endowed by people who have done missions work and who are behind the purpose of the seminar, Guild said. Requirements are only written recommendations.
The Summer Seminar has been offered at ACU since the 1960’s and was one of the only places to receive Church of Christ training in missions.
Those interested can call Ext. 3711.