LEADERSHIP
DEVELOPMENT

The Messiah College Leadership Development program is designed to help every student become a leader.  During ministry week, missions week, cross-cultural trips, retreats, and other student activities – students are asked to take leadership positions.

The GReG curriculum is designed to also help every student be trained and equipped to be a Bible study leader and discipler.

Messiah also has weekly Chapel, Prayer, and Family times when the whole student body gets together to worship God, read from His word, and to fellowship with one another.

Messiah College also provides Missions and Ministry Opportunities for the students.  At Messiah, we want our students to develop a heart for missions and ministry.  At the end of their 3rd year, all Messiah students go on a cross-cultural exposure trip to an Asian country.

Chapel

Chapel is an hour of worship and hearing messages based on God’s Word. This takes place every Wednesday as a way to draw faculty, staff, and students closer to God and to help them know Him and His ways better. If students wish to be part of the praise and worship team, they may express their interest to the head of the S.W.A.P. (Society of Worship and Praise) student org.

Cross-Cultural Mission Exposure

On the summer of their Junior year, all students are required to go abroad for 2 weeks to have a first-hand experience of missionary life in a cross-cultural setting. They experience eating different foods, meeting different people, and adjusting to the customs of the country during their stay. Lastly, all the students are given an opportunity to minister to the country’s people through the use of their different gifts and talents. Messiah College has already sent teams to five different countries in Asia and will continue to do so each summer, providing a one of a kind God-centered experience for everyone involved.

Day with the Lord

Twice every year (once per semester), students, faculty, and staff take a break for one whole day and have their Day with the Lord. They are divided according to GReG (Gold Refining Group) and spend the day worshipping God, having group devotions, praying for one another, and sharing what they learned with their fellow GReG members. Sometimes, they get to go on group witnessing.

Messiah College seeks to train students, not just for a future career, but also to be an ambassador for Christ. As a result, every student becomes part of a Mentoring and Discipleship group called GReG (Gold Refining Group). The name is based on Malachi 3:3 “…He will refine them like gold and silver.” It is a 1-unit course consisting of small group meetings, leadership and discipleship seminars, and other related activities and events. GReGs meet weekly for 2 hours. Each group of 4-10 students will be under the leadership of a faculty member to whom they will be accountable in all areas of their life while they study at Messiah. Students are encouraged to open up to their GReG leader regarding anything they need to talk about – family, love life, relationships, ministry, academics, etc.

Family Time

Family time is an hour of fellowship held every other week to help faculty, staff, and students bond with each other. This activity is also designed to strengthen students’ confidence for leadership as they take turns coordinating or actively participating in the program.

Field Ministry Week

During the first week of every second semester in the school year, the Messiah students are divided into teams supervised by faculty and staff members, and sent off to work with local churches in different provinces. They usually hold seminars, evangelism trainings, evangelistic concerts, door-to-door evangelism, Bible studies, and other events, depending on the needs of the partner churches.

Freshman Leadership Training Camp

The LTC happens on the first week of the first semester for all the Freshmen. This is a time when they can get to know and bond with each other. It is a time of training for them as well, with regards to the aspect of evangelism. On one of the days during the LTC, they visit a community and experience sharing the Gospel with the people they encounter.

GReG

Messiah College seeks to train students, not just for a future career, but also to be an ambassador for Christ. As a result, every student becomes part of a Mentoring and Discipleship group called GReG (Gold Refining Group). The name is based on Malachi 3:3 “…He will refine them like gold and silver.” It is a 1-unit course consisting of small group meetings, leadership and discipleship seminars, and other related activities and events. GReGs meet weekly for 2 hours. Each group of 4-10 students will be under the leadership of a faculty member to whom they will be accountable in all areas of their life while they study at Messiah. Students are encouraged to open up to their GReG leader regarding anything they need to talk about – family, love life, relationships, ministry, academics, etc.

Missions Week

Every year, during the first semester, Messiah College holds its Missions Week. Speakers are invited to talk about serving God in the mission field and to challenge the students to be missionaries to their families, neighbors, and friends. Movies, short clips, and cross-cultural trip reports are also shown. During the week, faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to bring food (canned goods, instant noodles, etc), used but usable items (clothes, toys, books, etc.), and other things to be placed in the Storehouse of Blessings. The opening of the Storehouse of Blessings takes place on the last day of the Missions Week, during the culminating event, in which several missionaries are invited for a special program. This is a time for the Messiah family to appreciate what the missionaries are doing by honoring them, listening to their stories, encouraging them, and praying for them. After that, the Storehouse is opened and the missionaries can choose and take home the things they need.

Foundation Day

Every August, Messiah College celebrates Foundation Day.  Foundation Day is a day when everyone at Messiah College gets to bond and grow together as well as renew the vision of Messiah College in the student body.  It is a time to break the ice between the batches and to help every student to know other students who they may not necessarily see on a regular basis.  All the activities that take place during the Foundation Day celebration should be focused on the Messiah Vision and Mission.

Foundation Day is an event everyone looks forward to because it rekindles the Messiah community to reflect our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through honoring one another and loving one another – ultimately bringing glory to God. Through playing, worshiping, and praying together, we build a community that reflects the body of Christ – one that honors God and honors one another.

The purpose of Foundation Day and the games of The Road to Foundation Day is to bond the college together by featuring the strengths of every student through friendly yet competitive games.  We honor one another by treating them with value and worth because of who they are in Christ and who God made them to be.

Foundation Day originally started as a time to get everyone to wear Messiah shirts so that a College picture can be taken with every student in the college.  As time has passed, Foundation Day has become about bonding, fellowship, and renewal of the Messiah and Vision with the college picture being merely the culmination of the event. Foundation Day itself, held after the two week Road to Foundation Day games is comprised of two hours of worship and prayer.  Students pray for each other and worship together, thanking God for all that He has done and the faithfulness He has shown us at the college for the past year.

The weeks leading up to Foundation Day is dubbed The Road to Foundation Day which includes several games, both team and individual, as well as activities that bring out the Messiah Vision and Mission.  During the Road to Foundation Day, the student body is split up into teams made up of a mix of Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.  A student is given leadership of a team in order to learn how to lead others through friendly competition and keep them all focused on loving others through the games.

Games include the annual Eating Contest, Riddle Contest, and Photo Contest.  There are a rotating number of games played every year such as chess, pusoy dos, and Monopoly Deal.

All in all, Foundation Day has become the time returning students look forward to because it bonds the college.  From the games to the team dynamics, students who don’t normally have the opportunity to interact with each other get the chance to do so.  Freshmen get to know the upper-class men and vice versa.  Students get the chance to band together in teams and depend on each other by solving riddles and doing the games.  Students get to pray for one another for an extended period of time and worship God together. Foundation Day’s prayer time is a rare moment when one gets to see an entire college unified in prayer for one another.

Prayer Time

Prayer time is a gathering of students, staff, and faculty members to pray for the school’s needs as well as for personal, national, and international concerns; to praise God for His power and sovereignty, and to thank Him corporately for His faithfulness and great deeds on behalf of the school.

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