WILMORE — On Oct. 2, Asbury Theological Seminary and One Mission Society signed a memorandum of understanding inking the organizations in a mutual partnership designed to advance the discipling of nations through the ministry of theological education. Asbury Seminary president, Dr. Timothy C. Tennent, and OMS president, Dr. David Long, signed the agreement on the Kentucky Campus of Asbury Seminary.
This reciprocal partnership is designed to share expertise and resources. Asbury Seminary faculty and staff will work with OMS personnel, missionary and national, to establish joint research and publication projects, digital library and training resources, and meaningful study abroad opportunities and cross-cultural experiences. By faculty and staff working together, officials believe they will both strengthen OMS missionaries in the field and develop missional awareness and increased vocational discernment within the students. Tennent said, “When Asbury Seminary committed itself to serving the global church in our 2023 strategic plan, we knew we would need strong evangelical partners to walk beside us. OMS brings more than a century of global mission experience, and we bring nearly a century of experience in theological education. Working together, we are confident we can train and equip leaders to effectively impact the global church.”
Founded in 1901, OMS is an evangelical, interdenominational faith-based mission focused on intentional evangelism, planting indigenous churches, training national leadership in Bible colleges and seminaries around the world, and partnering with national workers, churches and other ministries to reach the nations for Christ. In addition to these areas of focus, OMS engages the national church in children’s and youth ministries, teaching English as a second language, medical, radio and sports ministries and anti-human trafficking awareness and education. OMS ministers throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean-Latin America regions.
Mark Royster, presidential envoy for Global Partnerships, said, “Jesus told his disciples in John 15:16 that they had been chosen to ‘bear fruit that would last.’ In keeping with this vision wherever OMS has engaged in frontline evangelism over the last century, they also have committed themselves to training the next generation of leaders, having started over 35 seminaries and Bible schools around the world. The high value OMS places on theological education and our shared commitment to the message of holiness form the basis for a strong partnership. Scores of Asbury alumni have served with OMS around the world, and we anticipate that this is just the start of an exciting new chapter in creative collaboration in a new era of the global expansion of Christ’s Kingdom.”
This is Asbury Seminary’s seventh global partnership for exchanging personnel and resources and the first agreement with a mission organization. The partnership is strategically important for the achievement of Asbury Seminary’s 2023 Strategic Plan. Asbury Seminary also has global partnerships with West Africa Theological Seminary (Lagos, Nigeria), Africa International University (Nairobi, Kenya), Seoul Theological University (Seoul, South Korea), Evangelical Methodist Seminary-University (Costa Rica), and the Asia Graduate School of Theology (Philippines), and the New Theological College (India).
About Asbury: With multiple campuses, Asbury Theological Seminary is an interdenominational graduate school of theology committed to teaching the unchanging truth of historic Wesleyan Christianity through the most dynamic means available. Asbury Seminary offers a variety of degrees, including the master of arts, master of divinity, master of theology, doctor of ministry and doctor of philosophy in intercultural studies, biblical studies. Total current enrollment nears 1,600 students, representing 91 denominations and 44 countries. For more information, visit asburyseminary.edu.