MCA Church is investigating 40 days of Bible commands to “go.” We like to think of ourselves as global Christian and very much enjoy the opportunity to learn more about being effective in our Lord’s world.
Our 40 day devotion guide features seven days of reflecting upon God’s command to the first followers to “go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead.” Matthew 28:7
Maintaining urgency, although absolutely essential to our faith, receives surprisingly little attention. Truthfully, eternity is in the balance for billions of people.
Lost. Without salvation. Forever.
Nothing is as important. Nothing as urgent.
Lives are in the balance. We MUST go quickly.
16th October 2019 in
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Yeshiva is a Hebrew word that means “sitting” and is the name of residential Torah schools where the Bible is studied, in Judaism, in the Hebraic model of master and apprentice.
Yeshiva for Globally Engaged Disciples is a master-apprentice-based internship program that encourages, empowers, and equips disciples for global engagement.
Through the Northwest Partnership Program (NPP), Yeshiva for Globally Engaged Disciples partners with Northwest University to offer Associate and Bachelor’s degrees with the highest level of accreditation as an integrated part the internship program.
What are the available degrees through the Northwest Partnership Program?
Associate of Arts Degrees
BA in Ministry Leadership
BA in Business Management
BA in Organizational Management
BA in Organizational Leadership
BA in Psychology
What are the dates for 2019-2020?
Fall Semester (15 weeks) Spring Semester (15 weeks)
Session A – Sept 2 – Oct 21 Session A – Jan 13 – March 2
Session B – Oct 28 – Dec 16 Session B – March 9 – April 27
What does the internship/practicum look like per Semester?
The internship course will operate during the dates listed above and will include a weekly meeting (2 hours per week), serving once a week in a ministry (2 hours per week), attending master-teacher class (2-4 hours), missions trip participation (1 trip per semester; 5-7 days), required reading (1-2 books), required writing assignment (5 pages double-spaced).
*The cost for the missions trip is to be paid directly to MCA church at the beginning of each semester and is not eligible for financial aid or scholarships. First year missions trips will be to Judea (Alaska) and Samaria (U.S. or close to the States); second year missions trips will be to Jerusalem (Anchorage) and the uttermost parts of the earth (TBD); third year missions trip will be to Israel, Lord willing.
How Can I Finance My Education?
Filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step to determine your financial aid eligibility. Financial Aid may include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Stafford Loans, Parent Plus Loans, or Non-Northwest University Scholarships
Please complete the FAFSA as early as possible to allow time for processing. Financial Aid questions can be answered by the University at nppfinancialservices@northwestu. edu.
How do I get Ministry Practicum credit for free?
Full-time students enrolled for at least 24 credits for the academic year may receive 6 additional credits per year by participating in the NPP Partner’s internship program when approved by NU and overseen by NPP Coordinator.
What should I do if I want more information?
Call Pastor Fay Niemann at 907 337-9495 or email her at fayniemann (at) mcaonline.org.
Gea’s presentations are designed to increase awareness of Business as Mission in our world of today. Her experiences are the inspiration of her books, “God in the City: A missional way of life in an urban context” and “BAM Global Movement: concept and stories.”
“Entrepreneurs see and create opportunities. How can this talent be used to benefit society and build Gods Kingdom in innovative and holistic ways?”
Dr. Gea Gort is passionate about mission, especially in the urban context. She sees a grassroots missionary movement emerging. As author, journalist and missiologist she researches, writes and speaks about international developments regarding this movement.
There is a small, but steadily growing innovative missional movement emerging in urban places. It is a grassroots movement; people involved are moving to vulnerable neighborhoods and connect with their neighbors. Others start Business as Mission-type initiatives, or lead fellow church members into a change; they are getting involved in a meaningful ways with their neighborhoods.
As missionaries, Gea and Menno (her husband) lived and worked for nine years on board Mercy Ships’ hospital ship, the Anastasis. We moved to Rotterdam to set up Mercy Ships Holland and I became locally involved: led a prayer movement in my city, directed a leadership network and advised the local government on multicultural issues. Meanwhile studying journalism and Urban Mission (Doctor of Ministry) and started writing about what God and Gods people are doing around the world.
Let us know of your interest in attending, 907 337-9495 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Two of Gea’s insightful books call us to engage the Gospel in the urban context.
20th September 2018 in
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Jumbun Community is a community of approximately 25 homes located about 30 miles north of Cardwell, Queensland. Each Sunday evening a congregation gathers in worship, Bible study, prayer, and evangelism.
The following notes are from a message I presented there.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3
Think of the riches of heaven.
The riches of heaven are for those who are poor in Spirit.
Poverty of Spirit is to be totally dependent upon God. Psalm 62:1-2, 5
Yet some are dependent upon
The arm of flesh
Chariots and horses
But the poor in Spirit are totally dependent upon God.
In this, Jesus is our model.
The beatitudes are the prophetic autobiography of Jesus.
Jesus is poor in Spirit.
Omni-present to 2 cells in Mary’s womb.
Gethsemane – place of the olive press. Olive destroyed completely.
Cross – No form nor comeliness that we should desire him.
Jesus’ poverty of Spirit is the major theme of Paul’s thoughts in Philippians 2:5-8.
In contrast to Jesus, many of us live as if we are rich in spirit. Consider the Apostle Paul’s ideas in Romans 1, which might be considered “Signs you aren’t poor in spirit.”
You aren’t poor in Spirit if: Romans 1
18 – Suppress the truth
21- Do not honor God or give thanks.
22- Claiming to be wise
23- Exchange the glory of God for images
24- Dishonor body among themselves
25- Worship and serve creature not the creator
28- Do not acknowledge God
31- Do sinful things and approve those who do
The riches of heaven are for those who are poor in spirit, being totally dependent upon God for everything, all the time, everywhere.
May we learn to welcome every opportunity to grow in poverty of spirit.
Three of my frequent flyer friends are at 7,000,000, 4,500,000, and 4,000,000 miles with their chosen airlines. When folks ask me, “Are you a frequent flyer?” I don’t know exactly how to answer. Compared to most, yes to others, not even close.
Our Burkina Faso ministry destination always takes our teams through Paris and good stewardship of missions money is an obvious priority. Having traveled through the Charles de Gaulle airport several times, I have developed a few perspectives.
The CDGVAL is a free train like commuter service between Terminals 1, 2, and 3. However, the CDGVAL Terminal 3 is the train station near Terminal 3. For an overnight stay when commuting through CDG, I recommend staying in the hotels within walking distance of Terminal 3.
I am a low demand traveler on many things. A quiet, clean, functional experience is all I need for an overnight commuter stay.
With that said, I have overnighted at the Paris CDG Hilton, CDG Sheraton, CDG Ibis, and a host of others whose names I don’t recall. I have also taken the RER and the bus system into Paris for over night lodging.
For an overnight stay, I recommend saving the high costs of the CDG Sheraton and CDG Hilton by selecting the CDG Ibis or CDG Ibis Styles, both located only 100 yards or so outside the CDGVAL Terminal 3 station.
My experience at the CDG Ibis has been very good. With the RER 100 yards and the bus station 50 yards away, you can get anywhere in Paris and the surrounding area very quickly and easily.
Generally speaking, the rates I have received at the CDG Ibis Terminal 3 have been about one half of the costs of the Sheraton and Hilton.
I don’t know how long they will offer this special, but currently one can get a room at the CDG Ibis at Terminal 3 by the hour, two hour minimum, for 14 Euro an hour. I have done this type of sleep arrangement in other airports and am amazed at how much difference a three or four hour nap and shower can make while traveling 24 or more hours.
From Anchorage, Alaska, the travel time to Paris is often between 18 and 24 hours, depending upon how much one wants to spend. My choice is to travel the least expensive airline with economy comfort or economy premium seats. This trip, the best fare was Anchorage, Frankfurt, Paris on Condor Air.
I left my house in Anchorage at 8:15 AM on Monday and arrived in the CDG Ibis hotel twenty-two hours later. I had checked in online and was welcomed in a special concierge line and was in my room within fifteen minutes of arriving.
Helping make missions travel through CDG simple and stress free.
24th January 2018 in
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“The Y.E.S. Journey” is a process of seizing God’s desired future for my life. Your current position on “The Y.E.S. Journey” can be understood through the four soils (heart) in Jesus’ Parable of the Sower. Matthew 13
The Path Unresponsive, Hard packed, walked on- Evil One snatches away
Rocky Places Superficial – Falls away in tough times
Thorns Double minded – Worldly cares and deceitfulness of riches choke
Good Soil Hears and understands – Yields 100, 60, or 30 times
The condition of your heart (soil) determines the productivity of the seed.
The Y.E.S. Journey is eternally important. Upon careful examination, personal evaluation of Y.E.S. Journey progress is possible.
See to it Colossians 2:8
Do not conform Romans 12:2
Make the most Ephesians 5:16
With thoughtful examination and evaluation one is enabled to do as these three verses command. 2 Corinthians 13:5
Are you in the faith?
JesusChrist is in you – unless indeed you fail to meet the test!
The Gray Matrix is helpful in beginning one’s personal Christian examination and evaluation.
The horizontal axis depicts one’s openness to the Gospel and Christian teaching. It may be helpful to identify the openness numbers as follows:
+3 Fully open to the Gospel
+2 Mostly open to the Gospel
+1 Partially open to the Gospel
-1 Partially closed to the Gospel
-2 Mostly Closed to the Gospel
-3 Fully Closed to the Gospel
The vertical scale depicts one’s awareness and knowledge of the Gospel.
It may be helpful to identify one’s awareness and knowledge numbers as follows:
-01 Aware of the costs of commitment to the Gospel
-02 Grasps implications of the Gospel
-03 Aware of personal need of the Gospel
-04 Aware of the basics of the Gospel
-05 Interested in Jesus
-06 Aware of Jesus
-07 Wonders if God can be known
-08 Vague awareness and belief in God
-09 God framework
-10 No God framework
Today, are you willing to examine and evaluate your Y.E.S. Journey progress and pray Acts 16:14?
MCA Church is a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, multi-socioeconomic worship community that loves one another deeply. We rarely talk about racism in our gatherings because we simply feel that crying racism actually strengthens and lengthens this terrible sin against the image of God.
A racist is a person who believes that a particular race is superior to another.
A bigot is a person who is intolerant toward those holding different opinions.
A xenophobe is a person who is unduly fearful of what is foreign.
NONE of these three perspectives please God and all three are a great insult to being created in the image of God.
The racist, bigot, and xenophobe often struggle with unhealthy and sinful prejudice.
To be prejudiced is to hold a preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience.
Most forms of prejudice are sin because they can not be true. People can not accurately be assessed by skin color, race, ethnicity, age, socioeconomic standing, or height or weight.
Here at MCA Church we hold to a very simple and basic solution. Our highly effective plan won’t make headlines, may seem unsophisticated and kindergarten-ish.
We don’t mind. We are a simple folk. Our plan requires only three Jesus’ words to define.
Sorry. No long books to read. No degrees to be earned. No sensitivity training required.
Time for the great unveiling of MCA Church’s secret to our multi-ethnic success.