To provide Reformed theological education: by partnering with Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (PRTS), MRN seeks to equip Malawian men theologically for ministry.
To provide pastoral training: by partnering with University Reformed Church (PCA), MRN seeks to equip Malawian men pastorally through internships or fellowships while they attend seminary.
To support the planting of confessional Reformed churches: by partnering with men we have helped to educate and train, MRN seeks to financially support their efforts of planting Reformed churches in Malawi for the first four years.
Malawi is a small country in the southeastern part of Africa with a population around 18 million
Today in Blantyre, Malawi, approximately 1 out of 100 churches practice Reformed Biblical Christianity.
Authority of Scripture: always upholding the Bible as the final rule of faith and life as well as humbly submitting to its doctrines (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21)
Gospel preaching: faithfully preaching Christ and him crucified as the only hope for every person in the world (1 Cor. 2:1-5; Gal. 1:6-9).
Confessional Integrity: firmly adhering to the Westminster Standards as a faithful summary of Biblical Christianity (Heb. 10:23; Jude 3).
Reformed Worship: authentically worshipping God as he has commanded in his word, with a commitment to the ordinary means of grace (John 4:24; Deut. 12:32; Matt. 15:9; Acts 2:42-47).
Biblical Evangelism and Discipleship: deliberately seeking to bring the gospel to the lost, as well as helping believers to be rooted, built up, and established in their faith (Col. 2:6-7; Matt. 28:18-20).
Purity of the Church: honoring Christ and maintaining the purity of his Church through gracious and faithful observance of church discipline (1 Cor. 5:1-13; 11:27-34; 1 Tim. 1:20; 5:20; Jude 23).
Gospel deeds of love, mercy, and justice: by being salt and light to the world, not only in word, but also in deed (Matt. 9:35-36; James 2:14-18; Gal. 6:10).
Commitment to mission: fulfilling the great commandment and great commission by reaching out to neighbors with the gospel, in Malawi and beyond (Mark 12:30, 31; Matt. 28:18-20).
Godly men who meet the biblical qualifications for eldership (1 Timothy 3, Titus 1) are vitally important to the planting and growing of healthy Reformed churches in Malawi. Although some of these men have undergone theological training in Malawi or elsewhere in Africa, this training is not fully Reformed. Therefore, to help them grow in their understanding of the Reformed faith, there is a need to have them undergo further training at one of the best Reformed institutions in the world, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (PRTS).
Through its pre-vetting and scholarship program, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (PRTS) will identify godly men who have been called into pastoral work to come and study at their campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
As these men study at PRTS, University Reformed Church (URC) will provide pastoral training through its robust internship and fellowship programs in nearby East Lansing, Michigan.
How You Can Support MRN?
Key partners and supporters like Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary and University Reformed Church help to ensure the vision of MRN by providing the resources needed to train and send back these students/pastors to plant solid Reformed churches in Malawi. Consider how you can partner with MRN today.
What is the Investment?
Through God's goodness MRN is able to provide training and equipping at a very reasonable cost. Once a pastor is trained, the cost to help them plant a church is shockingly low. This is an exciting opportunity to greatly leverage our resources for the kingdom.
Total Cost Per Student
Training in USA for 2 Years | $47,000
Malawi Church Plant for 4 Years | $96, 000
Total Cost | $143,000