By Jordan Dillon, Bethel University Extension Studies
What does a church do when they have Christian leadership development and multiplication in their ministry DNA, and they also have unused facility space during the weekdays?
They create an exponential solution. They create a new way to use their space as a way to fulfill their mission.
Nappanee Missionary Church, or NMC, has been located in rural northern Indiana for 35+ years. They have a regular attendance of 1500+. NMC is passionate about Christian leadership development and multiplication. In years past, NMC has developed a leadership residency program, called SOAR, and also an internship program. The goal of each of these was to develop Christian leaders for vocational church ministry and community service through a close-knit, mentored environment. Both residents and interns have specific roles and responsibilities. They also receive coaching and personal faith development, and are mentored and guided by experienced church staff, helping them reach their full potential. Both programs have been very successful. In fact NMC was having to turn down more applicants than they could accept.
However, there was more need and desire from young people in their community than NMC could facilitate at that time.