Mongolia TEE Ten Year Plan

Mongolia TEE Ten-Year Plan (2011 – 2020)

 

Introduction

 

Mongolia is a large, independent nation land-locked between the Russian Federation and China. In terms of land area, Mongolia is twelve times the size of England, six times the size of New Zealand, and more than twice the size of Texas. Traditionally, Mongolians have been nomadic herders, the climate is harsh, and the country has a population of 2,647,545 according to the 2010 census.

For most of the twentieth century, Mongolia was part of the Communist bloc, and it is estimated that there were fewer than ten Mongolian Christians in the country at the start of 1990. However, in that year, following the disintegration of the former Soviet Union, the communist government resigned en masse, the country held free elections, and a new government developed a new constitution guaranteeing basic freedoms, including freedom of religion.

Mongolia opened its doors to the wider world, the first missionaries came in 1991, and the Church began to grow.

In 2004, the Mongolian churches agreed a ‘mission statement’ based on the Great Commission of Matthew 28: ‘We, the Mongolian Church, will make Mongolians around the world Christ’s discples, and proclain the Good News of the Kingdom to all nations.’ Then, in 2005, the ‘20:10 target’ was agreed as a step on the way – by the year 2020, ten percent of the Mongolian population should be Christ’s disciples. At the present time, there are somewhere around 40,000 believers and about 400 churches.

In this context, the Mongolian Church faces at least three major challenges:

The challenge of making disciples: (Matthew 28.18-20)

The challenge of equipping all the saints for ministry: (Ephesians 4.12)

The challenge of leadership training (2 Timothy 2.2).

TEE is committed to helping churches to meet these challenges. The MTEE was founded in 1995 as a project of World Vision International, Mongolia to help meet the need for Bible-based training and teaching materials. Since then, more than 3500 people have studied at least one course. The MTEE became a member organization of the Asia Theological Association (ATA) in December 2003, and the four-year Certificate in Christian Ministry program was accredited by the ATA in 2009. Over 450 students have studied at Foundation level since January 2010, and over 230 are studying in the Certificate program at the present time.

The MTEE became independent of World Vision management in October 2008, and was registered with the Mongolian government as the ‘Mongolian Theological Extension Studies Centre’ in March 2011.

The Mongolia TEE mission statement:

‘The MTEE provides the churches of Mongolia with Theological Education in an Extension mode, helping all church members to find their national cultural inheritance and identity in Christ, and to become effective ministers in church and society.’

In 2020, it will be twenty-five years since the MTEE was founded. What are the key strategic directions as the MTEE looks ahead?

The MTEE ten-year plan is based around four strategic aims:

 

1. Moving towards sustainable ministry

2. Offering excellent programs

3. Developing quality tutors, groups and students

4. Increasing the number of user churches

 

1. Moving towards sustainable ministry

Preparing Christian leaders is a long-term process, and therefore sustainability is vitally important for the MTEE’s work. As an educational institute, the MTEE does not believe that sustainability involves generating all operating and development income from within Mongolia. Rather, the aim is that the MTEE’s support base from both inside and outside Mongolia should be extensive enough to maintain a stable and continuous service to the churches of Mongolia. The MTEE should not be dependent on one or a small number of supporting agencies or donors.

 

The following factors form a sound basis for sustainable operations:

a. raising committed prayer support

b. obtaining registration

c. building an effective team

d. purchasing MTEE office space

e. strengthening the governance structure

f. developing a wide funding and support base

g. opening a contingency fund

2. Offering Excellent Programs

The quality of the programs that the MTEE offers is the basis for fruitful ministry to the churches of Mongolia. As the churches in Mongolia develop and mature, so their needs will develop. As the social context in Mongolia continues to change, so the needs of the churches will change. The MTEE must continually ask the churches whether the courses and programs are meeting their needs.

 

a. Program Development

In order to lay a solid foundation for the Diploma and Bachelor’s Levels of the program, we will research the needs of the user churches, and gather information from other TEE institutes in Asia and around the world. We plan to complete a Diploma in Christian Ministry program by 2016, and a Bachelor in Christian Ministry program by 2020.

b. Accreditation

The Certificate in Christian Ministry program was evaluated and accredited in 2009. This has given user churches a greater degree of confidence in the MTEE, and encouraged more churches to consider using the programs. The MTEE will develop the Diploma in Christian Ministry program in time for an evaluation visit for accreditation in 2017.

c. Exploring the possibilities for e-learning

The TEE method brings together individual home study, group discussion and practical application in a powerful educational methodology. The MTEE wants to explore ways in which electronic media could further enrich students’ learning.

3. Developing quality tutors, groups and students

The quality of the tutor affects the student’s learning in many ways. The quality of the group discussion and group dynamics depends on the tutor; the attention paid to practical application and its analysis depends on the tutor; mentoring and coaching in the areas of character and ministry development depend on the quality of the tutor. Therefore, the critical factor of the quality of the tutor must be our main focus. There are also some steps the MTEE may be able to take to encourage students directly.

a. Training for tutors

The MTEE understands tutor training and capacity building to be a continuing process. Therefore as well as working to improve further our initial tutor training workshops, we will develop a series of training modules that can be run over a number of years. In this way, we hope to build a tutor’s skills and capacity to meet the challenges of their students and program level.

b. Improving group meetings and discussion

We will develop the role and the capacity of a ‘TEE Coordinator’ in each user church. This will involve clarifying what we expect of a ‘TEE Coordinator’, running trainings and support meetings for ‘TEE Coordinators’, and giving thought to how to motivate and encourage them.

c. Improving student learning

The MTEE will explore the possibility of a Student Open Day, provide training on study skills and ‘open microphone’ sessions to listen to the ideas of the students. There may also be much to learn from graduates of the programs.

 

4. Growth in numbers of User Churches

Development of a partnership between the MTEE and the churches is vital. The foundation of this partnership is the role that the MTEE can play in providing a framework for discipleship and leadership training.

In order to develop these relationships:

i) The MTEE will prioritize individual meetings with pastors and leaders.

ii) The MTEE will arrange a regular Pastors’ Forum.

Many future leaders are trained at residential Bible Colleges. Mongolia TEE has an excellent record of partnership with several key Colleges, and will continue to develop these key partnerships.

Your response

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