About Us

The Midwest School of Missions

Our Ministry

The Midwest School of Missions is the leadership training program of the Chicago Church of Christ and it serves our family of churches around the Midwest.  Classes are offered in Chicago and online via live streaming.  The goal of the MSM is the inspiring, training, and equipping of leaders for their work in the church.  We strive to provide disciples with what they need for fruitful ministry work both in the local church and in the mission field.

“…to equip God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” – Ephesians 4:12-13

Our History

We believe investing in the future leadership of the church is one of the most important things we do for the health and growth of our fellowship.  The MSM has grown out of that conviction.  What began as an ongoing training program for the church staff in Chicago has grown over the past several years and now includes students from our Midwest family of churches.  We graduated our first cohort in 2017 and are launching a new cohort in 2018.  We recently renamed the program the Midwest School of Missions, staffed it with a full-time director, and opened it up to leaders of all kinds in our Midwest family.  We are excited about the possibilities!

Meet a few of our instructors…

Jeremy is a teacher in the Chicago Church and has served there for 18 years in various ministries.  He has a Master of Divinity degree from Harding School of Theology and now teaches for the church and directs the MSM full-time.  Yes, his hair is natural.

Jeremy Lefler, MSM Director, Instructor

Dave has been serving in full time ministry work for the past 35 years and currently leads the Indianapolis Church.  An evangelist, author and worship leader, Dave brings a wide range of experience and wisdom in his MSM instruction.  Occasionally breaks out in song in class.

Dave Eastman, MSM Instructor

AT has been on the Chicago Church staff for 25 years and now leads the church.  He also has a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry degree from Harding.  As an instructor he brings years of effective church leadership into the classroom setting for the benefit of students.  Coaches the MSM wrestling team.

AT Arneson, MSM Instructor

James is a teacher in the Chicago Church and is part of the MSM leadership team.  He brings expertise in early church fathers, theology, and spiritual formation.  He has a Master of Divinity degree from Harding and is MSM’s snappiest dresser.

James Becknell, MSM Instructor

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