MISSION TRAINING CENTER GUIDELINES
"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body." 1 Cor. 6:19-20
We realize that there is a
great variety of practices in Christian churches. The purpose of this sheet is to clarify our
expectations for those receiving training at the MTC or participating in the
ministries of the MTC. We want to avoid
anything that could bring reproach on the name of Christ.
- Christ-like conduct will be expected at all
times, we are ambassadors for Christ, representing Him and His eternal
kingdom. Our desire is that people would see our lives and work and give
glory to our Father that is in heaven.
- A veiling shall be worn by the sisters. We believe the best application of the
headship principle as taught in I Corinthians 11 is for the veiling to be
worn as a part of their regular attire to cover hair that is allowed to
grow to its natural length. Ladies
shall wear all their hair neatly up, avoiding fashion extremes, covered
with a hanging veil or traditional Mennonite covering of sufficient size
to substantially cover the hair.
- Men shall not cover their heads when they pray or
prophesy. Their hair shall be cut
neatly (no long hair). They shall
dress modestly (no shorts). Men
(and women) should avoid clothing with gaudy or bizarre logos. Shirts should have their second button
- Both men and women shall refrain from all
decorative jewelry (including
bracelets, wristbands, anklets & necklaces), the wedding band and
any makeup that alters the natural appearance (including finger & toenail coloring).
- No shorts or sleeveless garments. Blouses shall not be sheer or low-necked. Sisters shall wear dresses or skirts
that cover the knees both sitting and standing with no slits that come
above the knee when sitting or standing.
Be especially sensitive in these points, particularly in ministries
that require one to be very active, such as Vacation Bible School.
- No special association for dating couples
(sitting together in classes, holding hands, being together for ministry
assignments). We request a
"hands off" policy.
- Those who are in places of responsibility for ministries
may feel the need to talk with individual workers about specific
applications that need improvement.
Please listen respectfully and cooperate graciously as concerns are
expressed. This will make the work
go so much more smoothly and help avoid giving Satan an opportunity to
hinder God's work by creating misunderstanding and division.
We request that these
guidelines be observed during the stay here and also for arrival and departure.
This policy may sound detailed and legalistic to some, perhaps even
antiquated. However, we have observed
that some people come to the city unaware of how incongruous it is for a
sensually dressed person to attempt to give testimony for Christ. We clarify our expectations for you so that
the people we are trying to reach may have their attention drawn to Christ
without unnecessary distractions. Thank
you for cooperating with us.
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