I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. 
—John 10:10

This is how Jesus described his mission, and he charged his followers to live as his witnesses to abundant life among every people and nation. 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO COME TO OMSC?

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 shorter term options are also available.

Every one leaves OMSC with renewed vitality, expanded vision, and new skills to support their participation in God’s mission as witnesses to the abundant life in Jesus Christ.

OMSC’s RESIDENTIAL STUDY PROGRAM

“OMSC feeds mind and spirit—Christian fellowship and worship combined with serious exploration of essential mission issues.”
— Dana L. Robert, Boston University School of Theology

While in residence at OMSC, all Global Leaders and Research Scholars pursue a pre-approved academic or practical research and writing project, which is relevant to their specific interests and contexts. While working on these individual research and writing projects, Global Leaders and Research Scholars also agree to attend all OMSC seminars and lectures, which are designed for sustained, critical dialogue on the history, theory/theology, and practice of engagement in God’s mission. Those who successfully complete the requirements of the full-year Residential Study Program receive a Certificate in Mission Studies & World Christianity.

While having ample opportunity to pursue their work, the OMSC Artist in Residence also agrees to attend all OMSC seminars and lectures. We work together with the Artist in Residence to schedule exhibitions, recitals, or readings for them to share their work with the broader community.

A COMMUNITY From Every Tribe, Tongue, and Nation

OMSC’s residents come from every nation and Christian tradition: Theological educators and researchers; Church leaders and cross-cultural missionaries in evangelism, education, medicine, and community empowerment; Artists who expand our vision of the gospel. OMSC’s Residential Study Program represents a wonderfully diverse international fellowship, united by faith in Jesus Christ and commitment to God’s mission in the world. 

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

The experience of living in this multi-cultural, broadly ecumenical community is a perennial source of the significant growth that occurs while at OMSC. Through sustained interaction with peers, Residential Study Program 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, worship, and recreation, participants find their minds, spirits, and bodies refreshed for the work that lies ahead. This why we call OMSC “an incubator for global missional imagination and practice.”

 


Banner image: Soichi Watanabe, We All are One in Jesus Christ (2009)