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.