IIIM Reformed Seminary's Mission
IIIM Reformed Seminary is a publication of Third Millennium Ministries. The mission of Third Millennium Ministries is to prepare Christian leaders to lead a transformation of the world into God's Kingdom by providing biblical education, for the world, for free.
Our top priority is to spread the will of God to every corner of the earth through the gospel of Christ. So, IIIM Reformed Seminary is preparing an in-depth biblical education for Christian leaders around the world in their languages, for their lands, and absolutely free.
Our mission is being fulfilled at this very moment. DVD, online streaming, radio, TV broadcast — we do it all.
Third Millennium Ministries was envisioned by Janie Pillow as she came to realize that Christian leaders around the world needed to be trained in their own lands. With the help of Dr. Richard Pratt and a number of others who shared her vision, Third Millennium Ministries was launched in 1997 to create multimedia curriculum for Christian leaders everywhere. Today Third Millennium Ministries employs a team of over 20 full-time employees and over 16 translators from around the world. We focus on five target languages: English, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, and Spanish. These languages cover 42 percent of the world's population. Our materials are also translated into other languages including Farsi (Iran), Turkish, French, Mongolian, several African Arabic dialects, Amharic (Ethiopia), Hindi, and several other languages of India.
Just imagine the kinds of troubles that come when Christian leaders know little about the Scriptures. But where the church is growing quickly, there are very few well-prepared men and women to lead God's Kingdom. By the year 2050 more than half of the world's Christians will live in Russia, Latin America and Africa. Between 80 and 100 million Christians live in China today. Christian minorities are growing throughout Muslim nations in the Middle East and along the Pacific Rim. But at least two million functioning pastors outside of North America do not have biblical and theological education. This is a big problem.
Historically, the church has tried to solve this problem in these ways:
- Bring Leaders to the West
But only 10% of these leaders return to their homelands after completing their studies, robbing Christians in other lands of some of their best leaders.
- Send Missionaries to Teach
But today missionaries only stay on the field an average of 5 years, and it takes several years just to learn the language and culture.
- Build Seminaries
But it is estimated that this would take an additional 15 billion mission dollars each year. Moreover, the need is so great that if everyone that graduated from a doctoral program in an Evangelical seminary joined the staff of a foreign seminary, it would take over 100 years to meet the current need!
Traditional strategies are important and should continue, but the need is far too great to be met with these strategies alone. Third Millennium Ministries works with traditional efforts, but also has a new way of meeting the urgent need for well-trained leaders throughout the world.
We are saturating the globe with a multimedia, masters-level education for Christian leaders. Our lessons are used through print, audio, the internet, DVD video, as well as radio and television satellite broadcast.
In our day could there be anything more important than biblical education, for the world, for free?