From the Missionary Field — Missionary Training Centers

A deaconess (right) from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania – Diocese of South Eastern Lake Victoria (SELVD) who was trained at Bishop Makala Missionary Training Center in Shinyanga, Tanzania, congratulates a member of the choir after that the choir sang for worship on Sunday, May 12, 2019, at Macedonia English Middle School in Shinyanga. The ministry to the albino population of the Shinyanga region is a result of the expansion of the church in the region. (LCMS/Erik M. Lunsford)

A Missionary Training Center (MTC) is a program supported by the Lutheran Church of Missouri Synod (LCMS) that helps parish pastors in Africa train men and women for service in the church. Local churches provide pastoral teachers, lodging, and food; the LCMS provides educational materials, financial aid, and sometimes missionary instructors. Once trained, leaders are equipped to share the gospel in their own villages, which can result in the planting of a new congregation where no Lutheran church previously existed.

Reverend Shauen Trump, Regional Director of LCMS Africa, reports that the TCM program has been used in Africa for over 25 years in countries like Ghana, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi and the United States. ‘South Africa.

“The missionary training center program in the Diocese of Eastern Lake Victoria (which split 10 years ago to become the Diocese of Eastern Lake Victoria – ELVD – and the Diocese of South Eastern Lake Victoria – SELVD) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) began in 2002. The MTC program was instrumental in the growth of the church which led to the ELVD giving birth to the SELVD. growth of the conservative and denominational SELVD has now led to the establishment of a new seminary today, the ELCT’s first conservative and denominational Lutheran Seminary, in Shinyanga, Tanzania.Concordia Theological Seminary Shinyanga is currently preparing for its first promotion of students.

Most TCM programs meet once a month for four days and complete an MTC workbook during those four days. All notebooks are in English. Students who can read English receive a copy of the workbook and keep it for reference. Otherwise, the parish priest translates the manual as he teaches for those who do not speak or read English.

Recently, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenya (ELCK) relaunched its TCM program, starting with the books “Preparing to be a Church Leader” and “The Holy Bible”. Alfred Mukabi, an MTC student in Kakamega, Kenya, said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. My journey as an MTC student was an important step in my success. The “Preparing to be a Lutheran Leader” course has…enlightened and prepared me for the vineyard of the Lord. …I pray that through this program the ELCK church will grow in western Kenya.

Posted on June 16, 2022

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