I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
This is how Jesus described his mission, and he charged his followers to live as witnesses to this abundant life among every people and nation. OMSC welcomes applications from Global Leaders (pastors, church and mission executives, and cross-cultural missionaries), Research Scholars (seminary, college, and university professors, administrators, and PhD candidates in the dissertation phase), and Artists (visual, musical, or literary) from every nation and Christian tradition for a season of sustained study and spiritual renewal. Assignments are generally made for an entire academic year (Sept–May), but short-term options are also available.
Every one leaves OMSC with renewed vitality, expanded vision, and skills to support for their ongoing participation in God's mission around the world.
While in residence at OMSC, all Global Leaders and Research Scholars pursue a practical or academic research and writing project, which is relevant to their specific contexts and interests. Besides these individual projects, Study Program participants attend all seminars, which are designed for “two-way traffic,” leading to a Certificate in Mission Studies & World Christianity. Artists are free to pursue their work uninterrupted and share it with the broader community at exhibitions, recitals, or readings.
A COMMUNITY From Every Tribe, Tongue, and Nation
Nigerian missionaries working in leadership training in Togo; Myanmar church leaders engaged in theological education and tribal empowerment; South Korean missionaries founding a school for girls in Pakistan; A Malaysian pastor rediscovering his vocation as a gifted visual artist. Our Residential Community represents a wonderfully diverse fellowship, united by our faith in Jesus Christ.
Nations represented at OMSC in the last ten years include:
Albania, Armenia, Austria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, Cuba, East Timor, Ethiopia, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Iraq, Israel/Palestine, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, South Korea, Madagascar, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Spain, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam, Zambia
OMSC is an incubator for global missional imagination and practice. The experience of living in this multi-cultural, ecumenical community is a perennial source of the significant growth that occurs while at OMSC. Through sustained interaction with peers, participants’ eyes are opened to new ways of Christian worship, wonder, and witness beyond the horizons of their own cultural and theological assumptions. Through a community life grounded in study and worship, residents find their minds and spirits refreshed for the work that lies ahead.
Banner image: Soichi Watanabe, We All are One in Jesus Christ (2009)