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Urgent and Faithful Missionary Training

Fusion Masters students will earn a 36-hour Master of Arts degree in Intercultural Studies. 27 credit hours are earned through on-campus instruction and mentorship. The remaining 9 are earned on-the-field with IMB missionaries.

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Interested in residential education that prepares you for overseas ministry? Midwestern Seminary now has a way to gain valuable ministry experience — with a international emphasis — while you pursue your studies.

The Fusion Masters cohort is a missions-focused group designed to prepare students for long-term cross-cultural ministry. President Jason Allen shared his vision for Midwestern to produce 100 individuals every year who are committed to overseas service to unreached or under-reached people.

The Fusion Masters program exists to help fulfill that vision. As a cohort, we cultivate a close-knit community by reading through the New Testament, completing the Deepen Discipleship curriculum, and studying theology together. As a cohort, we also prepare to face many practical challenges of missionary life.

As an added benefit, all Fusion Masters students receive a 50% tuition scholarship for their year in the program.

WHY FUSION MASTERS?

URGENT MISSIONARY TRAINING

Facing a task unfinished, Fusion Masters is marked by a zeal to proclaim the gospel to the lost. We do not want our students to get bogged down in a never-ending training process, instead we seek to urgently address the training needs that perennially challenge fresh missionaries. Fusion Masters is intentionally brief and intensely focused because the need of the nations is urgent. Our students do not just talk about unreached people groups, they train and go to them during the program.

FAITHFUL MISSIONARY TRAINING

Zeal is good, especially when accompanied by knowledge. Fusion Masters students will be equipped with the biblical training required for theologically faithful missionary service. While not sacrificing the urgent task among the nations, students will invest a full year into intense biblical training in preparation for a lifetime of making disciples and planting churches.

HISTORY

The Fusion program has been equipping college students since 2005 to serve in hard places. The results of the process have proven that the best way to equip workers for the mission field is to focus on every aspect of the person: be, know, and do. While Fusion was not intended to exclusively serve as a pipeline to lifelong missionary service, numerous graduates are thriving in long-term missionary roles.

At the Master’s level, the key elements of the Fusion process are implemented with the explicit intention of training long-term missionaries. The yearlong process has a lifetime of missionary service in view and aims at producing the character, knowledge, and competencies required. But where did this program come from?

It arises from a two-fold problem. First, there is the problem of unreached and unengaged people groups. Billions of people live among people groups that have little to no access to the gospel message, which is problematic for those who believe in the exclusivity of Christ. There is an urgent need in our day for cross-cultural missionaries to take the gospel to the unreached. Second, is the problem of training. Often, those whose hearts yearn to take the gospel to the unreached are not sufficiently equipped to make disciples and plant churches among unreached peoples and places.

Fusion Masters exists to provide a process that simultaneously addresses these two problems. Through a one-year MA, Intercultural Studies degree, Fusion Masters prepares the head, heart, and hands of its students to be effective missionaries for a lifetime. More tangibly, this program works closely with the IMB to prepare its students to be ready for a mid or long-term assignment upon graduation. The goal would be a graduate that meets all the requirements of an IMB missionary in terms of character, convictions and competencies.

Cohort Features



50% Tuition Discount

Start seminary with a 50% discount during your first year of study. All students who are admitted to the Fusion Masters cohort will receive a tuition discount.

Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies

Students in the Fusion Masters cohort will complete their 36 hour MAIS through the course of this program. All credits are transferable to a Master of Divinity.

Fulfill IMB Requirements

Interested in serving with the International Mission Board? This program satisfies IMB’s educational requirements to serve with them.

Overseas Summer Experience

This cohort includes a 9-week overseas summer experience to provide practical and real life preparation for international minsitry.

OBJECTIVES

What is the character required?

You must be…

    • Disciplined
    • Respectable
    • Holy
    • Upright
    • Above Reproach
    • Gospel-centered
    • Self-controlled

HOW DO WE DEVELOP THEM?

    • Fusion trainings
    • Local church relationships
    • Cohort accountability
    • Overseas Deployment
    • Veteran Missionary Mentorship

What are the convictions required?

You must develop and hold convictions on…

    • God
    • Salvation
    • Missionary Task
    • Ordinances
    • Sin
    • The Church
    • The Family

HOW DO WE DEVELOP THEM?

    • 27 credit hours toward MAIS (12 per semester + 3 in winter)
    • Local church teaching
    • Cohort meetings
    • Studying BF&M during cohort meetings
    • MBTS Chapel

What are the competencies required?

You must be competent in…

    • Evangelism
    • Disciple making
    • Teaching the Scriptures
    • Cross-cultural communication
    • Language acquisition

HOW DO WE DEVELOP THEM?

    • Hands-on learning environments, including:
    • International Security course
    • Public transportation exercises
    • Cross-cultural evangelism
    • Physical training
    • Language classes
    • Discipleship courses
    • Overseas deployment

IMB READY

BY THE TIME YOU GRADUATE, YOU HAVE SATISFIED ALL IMB REQUIREMENTS

IMB Requirements

Our Program

20-30 Seminary Credits

Weekly Evangelism Journal

Deepen Discipleship Bible Plan

FUSION MASTERS’ PROCESS

A TYPICAL WEEK IN A FALL SEMESTER COULD LOOK LIKE…

Monday

8am – 11am New Testament Survey I

11:30-12:30 Fusion Gathering

Tuesday

10am – 11am MBTS Chapel

11:30am – 2:30pm Old Testament Survey I

6:30pm – 9:30pm Theology I

Wednesday

10am – 11am MBTS Chapel

11:30am – 1:00pm Foreign language class

Evening small group with local church

A TYPICAL WEEK IN A FALL SEMESTER COULD LOOK LIKE…

Thursday

1pm-3pm Cohort Meeting with Dr. Joe Allen

Friday

1pm-4pm Missiology

Saturday

Weekly evangelism commitment

Sunday

Worship with a local church

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: How much does it cost?

A:

Qualified SBC Non-SBC
On-Campus
Per Credit Hour $285 $485
Tuition (36 credit hours) $10,260 $17,460
Fees (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer) $1,475 ($425/semester + $225 WI + $400 SU)
Fusion Training Fees $1,000
Fusion Deployment Fees $5,500 (per person)
Year Total $18,235 $25,435

 

Q: Are there scholarships available?

A: Yes. For the first 40 Fusion Masters students, there are two scholarships available: training and deployment. During Phase One, MBTS donors will contribute $5,000 towards the total cost. During Phase Two, IMB will contribute $2,500 toward the trip. The first 40 students who submit an $800 deposit receive $7,500 from these two scholarships.

Q: Does Fusion Masters encourage fundraising?

A: Absolutely. We advocate that the churches that send their students to get missionary training with us also join in financially supporting them. Every charge on the account of a Fusion Masters student is worthy of financial support because each item is tied to the training and sending of missionaries. For those who go on to missionary service with IMB, this will be one of the few opportunities that supporters to provide direct financial assistance to these prospective missionaries because of IMB’s salary structure.

Q: Is Fusion Masters for families or only for singles?

A: Fusion Masters is intended to equip the MBTS student and their families for long-term service. While only enrolled students will receive seminary credit, the entire family is considered in the training process. Of course, singles and married couples without children are welcome, too.

Q: What are the requirements for entry?

A: Fusion Masters candidates must be admitted by Midwestern Seminary for the MAIS degree. They must also be approved by IMB to serve as a short-term volunteer.

Q: How is my country of service decided?

A: Participants will be placed on a country assignment after admittance to the program. These countries will be selected by Fusion staff. The decision process will depend upon request made for teams by IMB, need in the country, language teachers and overall best choice for our teams.

Q: What happens after Fusion Masters?

A: The Fusion graduate is ready to serve in a long-term assignment with IMB. The Fusion year
served to help solidify calling and adequately prepare the graduate, so they’re ready to
complete their application and move toward joining the IMB. So, at the conclusion of Fusion
Masters the graduate has completed their application to IMB and are ready to attend FPO or
serve with another agency.

Q: Can my spouse complete the IMB requirements without going through the program?

A: Yes. We want families to be ready to deploy with the IMB after they finish Fusion Masters. As
mentioned in a previous section “All long-term applicants who are not the head of household will be required to have a minimum of 12 hours of certificate, undergraduate or graduate theological credit.” One way for wives to receive this certificate is through Midwestern Women’s Institute.

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