Timothy Track

at Midwestern

Residential education meets
ministry experience

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Interested in residential education but concerned about putting ministry experience on hold? Midwestern Seminary now has a way to gain valuable ministry experience while you pursue your studies.

The Timothy Track offers select residential M.Div. students at Midwestern Seminary in-the-field ministry training in a local ministry context. In addition to their regular studies, students in the Timothy Track will spend their first two semesters participating in an internship with one of Midwestern’s partner churches. In addition to gaining valuable ministry experience, all Timothy Track students will receive a 50% scholarship toward all on-campus classes during their first year. Students in the program can also earn up to 12 credit hours of practicums toward their degree during their internship year.

12

credit hours through practicums

50%

Tuition Scholarship for first year

20+

Local church partners

Program Offerings


Students participating in The Timothy Track will spend a considerable portion of their time serving the church in a variety of ways. Though this will vary from church to church, below are a few examples of what this might look like:

  • Providing support to the church’s weekly food pantry.
  • Helping manage the church’s website, bulletin, or other communication pieces
  • Providing support to various other ministries throughout the church
  • Serving as a research assistant to the pastor as he develops his sermon


In addition to serving and leading in various contexts, interns will also learn through a variety of formats. Here are a few examples of what this will look like.

  • Regularly attend staff and business meetings to observe
  • Regular meetings with one’s direct supervisor to discuss theology, the practice of ministry, areas for growth, etc.


In addition to serving behind the scenes, churches are also encouraged to provide occasional opportunities for interns to lead in appropriate ways. Churches are encouraged to reserve the bulk of these opportunities for the Spring semester, after they have opportunity to thoroughly evaluate the student. Below are a few examples of what this might look like:

  • Occasionally teaching in the church, likely in settings other than the main worship hour
  • Leading a small group or Bible study
  • Leading a mission trip
  • Leading worship

Student Requirements

1

Academics

Have a 3.0 incoming GPA and maintain the same throughout the program.

2

Recommendation

Be recommended by a pastor of their church, and be a member in good standing of that church.

3

Conduct

Uphold biblical conduct as required by the student handbook.

4

Membership

Must become and remain members in good standing of their partner church (includes consistent attendance, giving, and service).

Frequently Asked Questions

For Students:


Can I become a Timothy Track student if I’ve already started my M.Div.?
No; The Timothy Track M.Div. is only for incoming MBTS students.

How many times a year does the internship start?
The internship begins once a year, at the beginning of each fall semester.

How do the practicums play into the program?
Practicums, as you might guess by the name, are courses which allow for the studies of a seminary student to have a practical application. These courses logistically function similarly to online courses but count toward the student’s on-campus credits (and thus are included in the scholarship for The Timothy Track). The faculty has worked hard to provide an opportunity to earn significant course credit during the Timothy Track internship year. The student will have a course syllabus, and the pastor mentoring that student will serve as the “field supervisor” for the course. The elements of the internship may be applied to the requirements of a practicum, and therefore count toward the student’s grade. Certain aspects of the course may be adapted to fit the specific context of a particular local church, but it is the responsibility of the student to discuss the syllabus with the field supervisor (the pastor), and have those adaptations approved by the course’s professor at the seminary. All in all, up to 12 credits may be earned through practicums throughout the year.

What happens if I don’t get matched with the church I really want to go to?
First, we want to be clear that all of our Timothy Track church partners are in this program for multiple reasons. Not only have these churches agreed to partner with Midwestern, but we strongly support their ministries as well. We will do everything we can to match you with your preferred church, and your feedback will play a significant role in the matching process; however, it may be the case that this is not possible. Should you be matched elsewhere, we will be very prayerful and intentional to place you in another church that will provide you with the opportunities for growth in your pursuit of pastoral ministry. If this happens to you, we ask you to please be willing to prayerfully accept your placement. If you have severe concerns, please submit them to us before the internship begins.

How is a Timothy Track M.Div. different from the other M.Div. programs?
The primary difference with the Timothy Track M.Div, from a curriculum standpoint, is that the internship will take the place of the elective courses of other M.Div tracks.

For Churches:

Our church would love to participate in The Timothy Track, but we don’t have the funds in our budget to make it happen. How can we still be involved?
In our efforts to be for the Church, we have sought to make The Timothy Track accessible to churches of every size by scaling down the pricing for smaller churches.

Even so, we understand that one of the primary barriers to your church participating in The Timothy Track may still likely be financial in nature. But we’d like to encourage you not to close the book on it just yet. Even if your budget is fixed, we want to suggest a few very manageable ways that you may be able to raise funds to free you and your staff to invest in a future pastor:

  • Ask specific church members to give directly
  • Bring it to your church on a Sunday, a members’ meeting, via “love offering,” etc
  • One-day fundraising event
How many interns could our church invest in?
Your church may invest in as many interns as is mutually agreed will be beneficial to each of those interns. The goal of this program is to develop these young leaders for the sake of their future ministry. So we ask for discernment in the number of interns you bring on, considering the bandwidth of your pastoral staff toward that end.

What is expected of our church in this program?
Church partners are expected to invest in your interns alongside MBTS. We hope our partner churches will see this as an opportunity to strengthen the Church at large by taking ownership of the formation of future pastors and leaders as they train with you. Please pray for them, and with them! Also, churches are expected to provide:

  • Mentorship
  • Regular opportunities for interns to attend staff and business meetings
  • Opportunities for leadership in the ministry area of their internship, and perhaps in other areas as well
How much does an intern cost my church?
In an effort to be inclusive and strategic in the mission of MBTS to be “For the Church” with churches of all budgets and sizes in mind, a progressive pricing model will be used:

  • Attendance 0 – 100: $1,000 per intern
  • Attendance 100 – 200: $2,000 per intern
  • Attendance 200 – 500: $3,500 per intern
  • Attendance 500+: $5,000 per intern

What makes this program unique?
The Timothy Track M.Div. program is unique because of the layers of investment, both by Midwestern and the local church, in the growth of the intern. Of course, we are excited that this program provides our students with the opportunity for in-the-field pastoral ministry experience, but the hands-on mentorship of the student from the pastor(s) and the MBTS Director of Church Partnerships make this program stand out.

How can I find out more?
To learn more about the Timothy Track, contact jwilbanks@mbts.edu.

Meet the Director of Church Partnerships

Jordan Wilbanks serves as the Director of Church Partnerships here at Midwestern. Before coming to Kansas City, Jordan served as a founding member and an elder at Christ Fellowship Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Professionally, he comes from both a business and a ministry background, having served as Accounts Receivable Manager for a major domestic staffing firm based in Birmingham, and having worked on the Communications team of Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes.

Jordan received his education in Communications from The University of Miami. Originally from Jacksonville, FL, Jordan has been a part of Baptist churches in five different cities, and grew up as the son of a Southern Baptist pastor. He loves the church, and his aim at Midwestern is to see the church in this region grow and flourish, as we all work together to proclaim Christ, make disciples of all nations, and give glory to our Father. You can contact Jordan at jwilbanks@mbts.edu