Fusion is an IMB* project for college students at Midwestern Baptist College. It is a one year process that includes a semester of intentional training and a semester of international missions. Fusion candidates are undergraduate students at Midwestern Baptist College in Kansas City, MO. The entire process includes 28 hours of college credit fulfilling nearly ¼ of the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts, Christian Ministry (Missions Focus) & Second Major degree program.
Fusion releases biblical adults who are committed to a lifetime of making disciples for the glory of God. The Fusion process equips young believers for kingdom service through instilling a transcendent cause which encompasses all of life. This transcendent cause, namely glorifying God through making disciples, is instilled through a series of challenging training events, college coursework, life on life discipleship, and rites of passage experiences. This cause is sealed through the carrying of the life-giving message of Jesus to nations around the world where it is tragically absent.
The Fusion process is broken down into three distinct phases:
PHASE 1 – TRAINING
In preparation to carry the Gospel to hard places, Fusion cohorts prepare spiritually, academically, physically, and contextually.
In order to make disciples of all nations, the believer must first be taught the truth of the Gospel and be shown how to live in response to it. This is accomplished especially through the challenging leadership of the advocate.
Academic (16 credit hours at Midwestern Baptist College)
Fusion candidates earn 16 hours of college credit towards the BACM (Missions Focus) degree program* in an effort to learn culture, foreign language, and biblical foundations which are integral to effective service overseas.
Fusion recognizes that the body is the Lord’s and must be stewarded as a gift from Him. Further, cohorts will be traveling to places around the world where their task will demand a higher level of fitness. Through periodic training as well as weekly workouts, Fusion cohorts are prepared for this reality.
Utilizing intense training events, Fusion prepares its cohorts for the practical realities of living and working in harsh environments. Training events cover first aid, survival practices, transportation navigation, personal security, and loss of comfort and justice.
PHASE 2 – GLOBAL MISSIONS
Fusion cohorts scatter across the globe to live out their training in partnership with long-term IMB missionary efforts. The entire second semester (January – May) is spent on the international mission field, learning the local culture, and fulfilling the mission assignment tasked by Jesus nearly 2000 years ago.
Most of the unreached people groups remain untouched by the Gospel because they live in places that are physically demanding, spiritually dark, and ideologically opposed to the Gospel. To proclaim the Gospel among unreached people groups in hard places, there is a level of inevitable risk associated with such a mission. However, the risk has been accounted for through a high level of training, prior planning, and in-country partnerships.
Through immersion in foreign contexts, cohorts form a strong foundation in a local language and in interpreting a new culture. This is aided through 12 hours of practicum course credit earned while studying cross culturally.
Fusion expects its cohorts to participate in advancing the kingdom in areas that IMB workers are unable to reach, thereby supporting (rather than hindering) the long-term efforts in the region.
PHASE 3 – Great Commission
Those who have completed the Fusion process are well on their way to earning a Bachelor’s degree. More importantly, they return to finish their students with a profoundly transformed identity that will shape the rest of their life. Whether they go on to preparing for a secular or ministerial vocation, they will recognize that the chief aim of their life is to make much of Christ through multiplying disciples.
For those seeking admittance to the 2015-2016 class of Fusion at Midwestern College, the following considerations must be taken.
The first 40 Southern Baptist (SBC) approved applicants (18-23 years old) who are invited as Fusion candidates will qualify for an overseas scholarship. Their overseas rate will be $4,450.
Non-SBC applicants and SBC applicants after the first 40 approved SBC applicants will pay the full overseas cost: $7,000.
FIRST APPLICATION REVIEW: NOVEMBER 1, 2014
SECOND APPLICATION REVIEW: JANUARY 1, 2015
THIRD APPLICATION REVIEW: MARCH 1, 2015
FINAL APPLICATION REVIEW: MAY 1, 2015
For each application review date, only applications that have been completed in their entirety will be reviewed.
- Midwestern: Complete an application to Midwestern Baptist College.
- IMB: Complete an application to be a semester missionary with the International Mission Board which includes the online form, background check, and three references. (Note: Type “Fusion” in for project number)
- Fusion: Fusion Leadership will set up a phone interview with each applicant. The Fusion team will communicate a decision to each applicant within two weeks of each review date. Applicants can expect the Fusion Leadership team to either (1) extend an invitation to the applicant to be a candidate in Fusion or (2) inform the applicant that they are no longer being considered for candidacy. Deposit: The decision to accept the invitation to candidacy must be made within two weeks of receipt and must be accompanied by a $300 non-refundable deposit to hold a spot. This deposit will cover a portion of the ground school costs incurred for each candidate.
The Fusion staff will humbly review each applicant in an effort to invite those candidates who will best thrive in the Fusion process. Applicants will be considered according to the following criteria:
- Demonstrate a unique desire to submit to the Fusion process.
- Be physically capable to handle the demands of Fusion’s training process.
- Be emotionally stable enough to adapt to Fusion’s training process.
- Be academically fit for the mental rigor of Fusion classes.
- Be socially adept to participate and contribute in the life of a small team.
Midwestern College and International Mission Board have partnered together to make the Fusion process affordable for any student. Fusion is priced at the actual cost necessary to teach, train, and deploy its candidates; therefore, it is incredibly inexpensive given its value. Additionally, through the sacrificial giving of Southern Baptist churches participating in the Cooperative Program, Fusion candidates from Southern Baptist churches receive significant scholarships toward their tuition and travel costs.
Below is the Fusion candidate billing schedule for 2014-2015:
August 1st, 2014
|Ground School Deposit||$250|
August 18th, 2014
|Fall Tuition||$3,680 (Southern Baptist)
$4,800 (Other Baptist)
$6,480 (All Others)
November 1st, 2014
|Overseas||$4,500 (Southern Baptist)
$6,950 (All Others)
January 5, 2015
|Spring Tuition||$2,760 (Southern Baptist)
$3,600 (Other Baptist)
$4,860 (All Others)
If you have any questions or would like to request more information, you can contact a Fusion staff member at 816-414-3777 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All mail for Fusion can be addressed: Midwestern Baptist College, Att: Fusion 5001 North Oak Trfwy, Kansas City, MO 64118