MINTS is an organization that builds on the principle of multiplication. We train future leaders to be trainers and to take what they have learned to establish their own MINTS affiliated schools. Our goal is to build a worldwide network of interconnected educational affiliates which work together to train students, share resources, write courses in their language, teach for one another, and build up the work of Christ through establishing churches. Centers beget more centers.
These schools become self-sustaining. We encourage national believers that they can begin in churches, homes, restaurants, and in any location without owning classrooms or buildings. As we do not subsidize the centers the centers quickly adapt to the idea that they can do this education effectively without having outside support – the New Testament church and its expansion is our model.
The education is scalable. Educational levels vary throughout the world. Many believers, and leaders, would not qualify for a Bachelors program or higher. But MINTS believes it is the responsibility of the Christian church to develop, teach, and educate anyone who wants to know about the things of God and so we will take any student who applies. This means that many will start out in our Certificate program to learn to study and write and with extra work they can have their efforts be used for entering the Bachelors in Theological Studies program. At each level, through mentor-ship, encouragement, practical assignments, and increasing competence in writing students are encouraged to progress according to their abilities.
The education is, or becomes, indigenous. We want to leave behind an entire theological curriculum written in the language and culture of each of the areas of the world. Most of the theological material in the developed world is in English and written for suburban residents. As the MINTS centers develop and as the students writing skills improve, we encourage and require that students begin to write courses in their language and then teach them. This develops both the material that will remain for future generations and also gives the students experience as future teachers.