Linking churches with seminaries for mutual ministry and growth potential
The Church and Seminary Teamwork (CAST) Program brings together the hearts and resources of Overseas Council partner seminaries with the hearts and resources of churches in North America. CAST is an efficient and effective method for establishing dynamic, mutually satisfying, two-way relationships. It not only facilitates financial support for the seminary, but also allows the church a deeper impact in the Kingdom through the school beyond essential funding needs.
Here’s a great example of that kind of partnership between Eastern Star Church and the Evangelical Theological Seminary of Port-au-Prince in Haiti.
Courtesy of Eastern Star Church
“The CAST is so much more than simply writing checks; it involves people getting to know and love people personally.”
– Darnae’ Scales, Outreach Pastor at Eastern Star Church in Indianapolis, Indiana
Commitment to the CAST comes from all sides in a true partnership where parties give and receive benefits and blessings. In order to ensure full cooperation of the church and the seminary, an agreement outlining the list of commitments for all parties is agreed upon prior to entering into the CAST. Overseas Council is responsible for introducing the seminary and the church, helping to develop the CAST and getting approval on both sides for this agreement prior to any actual collaboration between the partners. The agreement must be understood and defined as a relationship, not simply a funding mechanism.
Each Party’s Commitments
|Partnership of Time, Talents and Treasure||Partnership of Time, Talents and Treasure||Moderator of the CAST|
|Meeting the Needs of the Seminary||Mission Trip Involvement||Arbitration|
|Mission Trip Involvement||Seminary Involvement with the Church||Reporting and Updates|
|Speaker Engagements from the Seminary||Progress Reports and Partnership Requests||In Cooperation with the Church|
|Teaching Engagements to the Seminary||Responsiveness to Overseas Council||In Cooperation with the Seminary|
|Progress Reports and Partnership Requests||Teaching Opportunities Extended to the Church Teachers/Leaders||Working in Conjunction with Regional Strategic Needs and Priorities|
“The resources Overseas Council has for the church to tap into is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. The CAST takes ‘partnership’ to a whole new level and has far exceeded my expectations. If you want your church to be deeply invested in a ministry, this is what you need to do!”
– Matt Yaley, Pastor of Global Ministries at Harmony Bible Church in Danville, Iowa
We have helped establish CAST relationships between the following churches and seminaries:
- Bethel Church (Indiana) and Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (Lebanon)
- Harmony Bible Church (Iowa) and Central American Theological Seminary (Guatemala)
- Eastern Star Church (Indiana) and Evangelical Theological Seminary of Port-au-Prince (Haiti)
- Mount Pleasant Christian Church (Indiana) and New Pines Seminary (Cuba)
- The Chapel in North Canton (Ohio) and New Pines Seminary (Cuba)
Churches invest a minimum of $1,000/month into their seminary partners through Overseas Council for myriad purposes (scholarships, educational resources, campus improvements, community projects and more). Relationships are intended to last a minimum of 3 years with indefinite duration possible. The total financial investment for the first three years is $36,000.
Overseas Council desires to help connect your church with one of our partner seminaries around the world. For more information, please contact El Ahlwardt at 317-493-2105.