For Immediate Release
July 15, 2021
Mid-America Reformed Seminary Announces the Center for Missions and Evangelism
Dyer, IN — Mid-America Reformed Seminary announced today the establishment of the Center for Missions and Evangelism (CME), and the appointment of Dr. Eric Watkins, Instructor of Ministerial Studies, as Director. The CME will offer the opportunity for experienced professors, pastors, church planters, and missionaries to provide continuing educational training for evangelism, missions, and discipleship across North America and beyond. Through classes, conferences, cohorts, and residential internships, the Center for Missions and Evangelism will aim to help local churches and present/future ministers become competently equipped to reach their neighboring communities with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Stay tuned for forthcoming information on the CME in the next issue of our quarterly newsletter.
President of Mid-America, Dr. Cornelis Venema, comments: “I cannot overstate my excitement at the establishment of a Center for Missions and Evangelism at Mid-America Reformed Seminary under the direction of Dr. Eric Watkins. Consistent with our long-standing emphasis upon preparing our students both academically and ministerially, the Center for Missions and Evangelism will help equip our students to be missionary-pastors in an increasingly secular world where many have little acquaintance with the gospel message regarding Christ’s coming kingdom.”
Reflecting on the future of the CME, newly appointed Director Dr. Eric Watkins says, “It is my hope and prayer that the Center for Missions and Evangelism (CME) will invigorate our churches for the work of evangelism, church planting, and missions. In many ways, the mission field has moved into our back yards, providing our churches countless opportunities to reach people for Christ. God is raising up people with a zeal for the lost that are looking to the church and seminaries for guidance on how best to evangelize and disciple people in the ‘post-everything’ world in which we live. The CME exists to help provide invaluable resources for the church to that end.”
Founded in 1981, Mid-America Reformed Seminary seeks to serve Christ and His church by assisting in the formation and preparation of servants for the Kingdom of God. Its primary purpose is to train men for the gospel ministry of Jesus Christ, but it also provides solid theological training for others among God’s people whose life calling may be enhanced by theological education.
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