Mission and Outreach
ASCM's mission of training and equipping those who are called for service in the church and in the world involves taking missional outlook, a stepping beyond its geographical context into the ends of the earth, in doing God's work in all areas of God's creation. It also involves stepping beyond the mere fulfillment of its educational mandate as a higher education institution into providing practical experience in mission and outreach to its students as the way to acquire maturity and professional competency needed to serve and carry out their vocation and calling in the world.
Community Transformation Initiative (CTI) Program (13 units)
Year 2010, ASCM initiated a new vision called Community Transformation Initiative (CTI). Rev. Danilo Camandero was appointed to Head the Program by then President, Dr. Scott C. Rains. He designed a program that this initiative focuses on two areas-local and global. Locally, students are involved in three areas of hands-on ministry: civic social work, local church ministry, and evangelistic outreach. They not only gain vital ministry experience, but are involve in the strategic planning required to transform a community. Once a community has been targeted, they identify the specific needs of the community, work to meet those needs, and share the gospel of Jesus Christ, thereby bringing real transformation. Globally, CTI focuses on reaching the Unreached People Group (UPG) across Asia. According to Joshua Project statistics, there are currently 6,644 UPG in the world, of which 5,156 are in Asia. Of the 2,75 billion people living in unreached or less-reached areas of the world, 2.45 billion live in Asia. Each week, a different UPG is studied and prayed for by the ASCM students. Through this emphasis, God has given the student body a strong passion for the lost and has already called some students to go and minister among those who have never heard the name of Jesus.
With this type of training and vision, ASCM endeavors to raise up a new generation of ministers that are both global and local or as the term has been coined, “glocal.” Asia’s future evangelists, pastors, teachers, musicians, and leaders must understand the church’s missional mandate and put it into practice. The countries and communities to which these students return desperately need men and women of God who have been equipped with a clear vision and the right tools to bring holistic transformation through Jesus Christ. (Dr. Scott Rains)
Every student of ASCM will look at CTI as an efficient provider of ministerial development program in respect to his/her God-given calling in reaching and influencing the local and global community for real transformation.
To raise up a generation of ministers equipped with a clear vision and right tools in carrying out the God-given calling to the community for real transformation.
A major component of ASCM curriculum is the Community Transformation Initiative which aims to thrust participants into a three pronged holistic ministry venture. It is composed of a Field Education component which ensures that each participant is deeply involved in any one of the various ministries of a local church. Another component is the NSTP/CSW Course which provides not only training on how to do Christian civic action but also provides the opportunity to do civic social work activities, evangelism skills and opportunities to do evangelism alongside civic-social work activities. Third component of the CTI is the Internship. It is an integral part of the professional training of each student applying their gained classroom knowledge into practical Ministry.
Program Components (ASCM Required Curriculum)
As one of the components of CTI, Field Education is an important part of the Required Core Curriculum. Its purpose is to contribute to the student’s theological education, professional competence, and personal growth through selected supervised learning experiences. The field education program is designed to complement the overall academic program in two ways. First, it involves students in specific local church settings in which their theological capabilities and professional development can be enhanced. Second, the field education program gives students a participatory role within the church and the immediate society, a role that demands a style of life characterized by involvement and reflection.
As one of the components of CTI through separate CHED required program for Filipinos, National Service Training Program (NSTP) is a program aimed at enhancing civic consciousness by developing the ethics of service and general welfare while undergoing training and engaging in a Christian Civic Welfare Program and the counterpart of this is the Civic Social Work (CSW) for the International Students. The NSTP/CSW Program is composed of activities contributory to the general welfare and the betterment of life for the members of the larger community or the enhancement of its facilities, especially those devoted to improving health, environment, recreation and morals of the population.
As one of the components of CTI, Internship is a supervised experiential learning program where the student is given an opportunity not only to test and apply theoretical lessons of the classroom to the real world of ministry but also to reflect theologically and pastorally upon the internship activities and functions with the pastor/supervisor. Two basic goals if internship are: 1.) To acquire skills, experiences, and perspectives appropriate to ministerial competence, and 2.) To attain increased integration of personal identity with an emerging pastoral/ministerial identity.
Mission Experience for Reaching the Unreached (MERU)
MERU is a new addition to the family of mission’s organizations and programs to reach Unreached People Groups (UPG) in Asia. MERU is a standing testimony to the godly atmosphere at the Asian Seminary of Christian Ministries (ASCM) in which innovative ministry efforts are born and life-long ministry partnerships are established. MERU is the fruit of the 2010 Unreached People Groups Conference held at ASCM by keynote speaker, Rev. Dr. Roland Vaughan, Coordinator of the Church of God World Missions (COGWM) UPG Missions. The Conference set the stage for partnerships between persons who were instrumental in the development of MERU. MERU is the result of an ASCM Doctor of Ministry (D. Min) research project by Dr. George Pappachen.
Dr. Pappachen, an ASCM D. Min. graduate, and the current COGWM-UPG Missions Strategist, studied missionary work with Christian Missions for the Unreached (CMU) among the Agta of Palanan, Isabela, Philippines focusing on the theme of Gospel Inculturation. The research documented some of the best practices for work among the unreached and paved the way for the formation of innovative strategies for further UPG missions in Asia.
MERU is a one to three-week intensive missions training program that aims to ignite passion and provide empowering experiences to encourage participants to reach unreached people groups in Asia. A typical MERU class is conducted by a practitioner-teacher in an area where participants can gain firsthand experience in reaching unreached people groups. The program is tailored to fit the needs of Pastors, church leaders, missionaries, senior seminary students, and others who would like to gain more experience in reaching unreached people groups.