Frequently Asked Questions
MTC courses run for four (4) or eight (8) weeks. Each course meets for two hours per session each week.
MTC courses which are delivered online are regularly scheduled by MTC. The intent is that each course will be offered at least once per calendar year and with no more than 18 months between iterations. Click here to view the current Online Course Schedule. One-on-One, Self-Directed Study, and Field MTC courses are scheduled by local instructors in collaboration with the MTC Director. See the FAQ on this page regarding modes of delivery for more information on these options.
Online courses meet via a video-conferencing platform. The instructor and students log in the same day of the week for either 4 or 8 weeks.
Weekday classes may meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays, typically at 6:00-8:00 PM Pacific time.
Saturday classes meet 8:00-10:00 AM Pacific time.
MTC uses four modes of delivery for training:
MTC offers participants an online delivery system. Each course is taught via a video-conferencing platform for either 4 or 8 weeks, for two hours each week. Participants and instructors meet at a set time each week as determined by MTC in a synchronous fashion, that is, live online instructors teaching and fielding questions from the participants signed in for the courses. Any slides shown, videos played, or documents shared are visible. Participants interact live with instructors and others in the courses.
Register for an online course here.
MTC offers the possibility for individuals to access recorded online classes through the internet and move through course sessions at their own pace. Weekly course sessions recorded during normal online course hours are available for participants. There is no interaction with others in the courses or with instructors. Assignments are required as if the participant is involved in the online course with slight modifications. Assignments are normally evaluated by local missional pastors, supervising pastors of licensed lay deacons, or other missional content experts.
For more information on the Self-Directed Study option, contact the MTC office.
MTC offers participants a one-on-one instructor experience. Some individuals learn best moving at their own pace in a one-on-one or one-on-two learning community. Instructors are normally local missional pastors, supervising pastors of licensed lay deacons either in training or doing continuing education, or other missional content experts with excellent teaching capacity. Meeting times and length of instruction are determined by the instructors and participants in courses.
For more information on the One-on-One learning option, contact the MTC office.
Mission Training Center Field Site
MTC offers participants a more typical classroom experience at an MTC Field Site. Courses are taught at an agreed upon place and pace by the participants and instructors. Anyone is able to attend, but only those who desire a Certificate of Satisfactory Completion are required to turn in and have assignments evaluated. Instructors are normally local missional pastors, supervising pastors of licensed lay deacons either in training or doing continuing education, or other missional content experts with excellent teaching capacity.
For more information on setting up an MTC Field Site, contact the MTC office.
Anyone may join an MTC course! While the classes are primarily designed for lay leaders seeking eventual licensure in their LCMS district, the content is applicable for all Christians looking to dive deeper into their faith and learn practical ways to put that faith into action as they partner in God’s mission.
Students who take courses through MTC are expected to complete assignments, readings, projects, attend, and actively join the conversation in the learning sessions. Class assignments are graded on a pass/fail criteria. Though courses are not intended to be as rigorous as undergraduate courses taken in a university, they do expect a level of rigor which surpasses high school learning and study.
MTC courses prepare individuals for missional ministry in congregations, in faith communities, and in their local communities. MTC certificates showing satisfactory completion might be used to indicate competencies acquired for various ministry and leadership opportunities. Students take MTC courses:
MTC courses have several fee levels:
MTC is a training organization and does not determine how many or what particular courses are necessary for entering other training institutions or for receiving licensing, certifications, endorsements, etc., from any church body or organization. Organizations determine which courses are required for any institutional matriculation or future ministry or service in the organization.
Students interested in their own professional and/or ministry growth may select any courses which they believe will be beneficial for their own ministries.
Visit Tracks & Resources to see the specific courses required by our partnering entities.
Students should check with the organization through which they are working to determine specific requirements.
Students interested in entering the Ethnic Immigrant Institute of Theology (EIIT) of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod are required to take three core courses: MTC001 Old Testament, MTC002 New Testament, and MTC003 The Christian Faith: Doctrine.
Field MTCs are local, geographic sites (normally in a church or faith-based organization’s building) where people gather to be developed into missional leadership for ministry in the surrounding local context or geography. The training is normally done face-to-face and not online.
The advantage of Field MTCs is the ability to develop missional people who can connect more quickly to the local worldview and culture, recognizing the diversity of learning needs, and knowing the challenges of the context. Therefore, local instructors (pastors or other trained individuals) can tailor the learning, assignments, and projects to meet the goals and objectives of the training in the context of the local environment. In addition, Field MTCs can develop far more people for less cost than online learning. However, the expectations from fee-paying participants are the same as online learning.
Costs? Though Field MTCs develop fee-paying individuals who will serve as Licensed Deacons or are preparing for entrance into future training organizations, other individuals may simply wish to attend an opportunity at a Field MTC for their own personal growth and missional development for FREE. That type of training does not require adhering to the MTC standards of rigor and accomplishment (completing assignments, homework, projects, or attendance). Participants are encouraged to do homework and projects, and participate in discussion and conversation, but their participation does not need to be evaluated by the instructor. Individuals who participate in this fashion will, however, receive MTC certificates simply indicating participation in the opportunity. This option allows people to participate without any fees assessed by MTC. Field MTCs may assess fees according to their particular needs.
To explore this partnership with MTC or to become a Field MTC, contact us.