FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions
There are so many mission schools and mission training programs. Why should I just choose TGM?
This questions you can only answer with God’s help. He will lead you to the school that is the right one just for you.
You should take into consideration that TGM is a real “outpost” – so a ministry at countryside with agriculture, school and lifestyle center. In TGM you learn much more than just “theory”. Additionally to the evangelism training you receive a medical missionary training. Since we combine the two concepts of a comprehensive missionary school and a medical-missionary training, our education takes longer than other comparable courses. Being at TGM, you will be aware of the importance of the practical things that are part of the training at TGM:
- Professional agriculture
- Working in a lifestyle center
- Regular events
- Participation in a mission trip
- and much more
A large number of worldwide requests for our graduates proof the fact of how much the TGM training is valued by a lot of ministries in Europe.
How many students attend the course per year?
In order to guarantee a high quality of training and also individual support, we have increased the size of the group to max. twelve people.
Many can not imagine how a mission school is like. What does missionary school in general mean, and how does the daily routine specifically look like at TGM?
Ellen White defines mission school as following: “The Lord calls upon our young people to enter our schools, and quickly fit themselves for service. In various places, outside of cities, schools are to be established, where our youth can receive an education that will prepare them to go forth to do evangelical work and medical missionary work.” (GCB, June 3, 1909 par. 13)
The education in TGM is well-balanced and consists of discipleship, missionary work, theoretical instruction and practical implementation. We also offer the necessary practical abilities with the goal of preparing our students well on the various tasks and challenges in their future mission field or ministry.
What does work study program mean?
Since the times of Ellen G. White and Dr. Sutherland mission schools strife to be self-supportive. This means that students and teachers earn at least what they consume in operating the school and living at it. Because of this fact work and study is combined. This kind of training is called work study program.
How does the church benefit from TGM?
The goal of the health work of the General Conference until 2015 was:
- every church member becomes a medical missionary
- every local church becomes a local center of influence, including health work
More than 100 years ago, Ellen G. White wrote: “We have come to a time when every member of the church should take hold of medical missionary work.” 7T 62
TGM has set itself the goal of following this call by providing for prepared young people the necessary training. In the meantime more than 130 students have completed the TGM course. Many of them have become a great blessing in their families and local church, but also in several domestic and foreign mission fields.
What is the benefit of being a student at TGM?
One of our students made the following statement: “As valuable as these lessons (meaning the classes) were – much more we learned outside the classroom. God was my teacher. This has never been so clear to me in my 42 years…” This statement hits the nail on the head: As team and teachers we try our best that is possible by offering to our students an environment that is free from distracting and disturbing influences. Thus the Spirit of God is able to work. Actually, it is God who trains and changes the character in a specific and individual way according to our personal needs. If you are willing to change and to get involved into the program, remarkable and incredible things will happen in those twelve months. 🙂
Everybody has to deal at some point with the three most important questions of life:
- Who is my God?
- What is my vocation?
- (Whom) should I marry?
If these questions have not yet been answered, the foundation for answering them will be laid in TGM.
Each student should achieve at least the following goals:
- Conversion and becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ
- Christian living (daily routine, priorities)
- Giving Bible studies and leading people to Jesus
- Serving people according to personal strengths
- Organizing and conducting of seminaries and lectures
- Conduction of devotions and sabbath school classes
- Understanding the basics of lifestyle center work
- Practical health mission
- Practicing the biblical health, healing and lifestyle principles
- Self-supporting work (agriculture, winning seeds, storaging and processing of harvest)
- Fundamentals of agriculture management
- Getting acquainted with foundations of how to organize a company
- Identifying and supporting your personal strengths
- Personal and spiritual growth
Students with special qualifications may be also supported for following activities:
- Conducting a sermon
- Conducting a public lecture
- Planning and conducting a mission trip
- Assitance in the lifestyle center
- Becoming teacher of a mission school
- Founding a mission school or lifestyle center
- Working as a pioneer in unreached fields
What are our plans for the near future?
We are facing challenges in terms of structure and stuff. Our most important next stess are:
- Support of start up projects in the initial phase (for instance Curaçao, Belarus, Poland, Kazakhstan)
- Expansion of our farm (becoming more self-supporting)
- Finding another location in Austria
- Mobile Christian help band “TGM Mobile”
What is the goal of the TGM training?
It aims to give believers the opportunity for receiving a practice-oriented medical missionary training in a short time while deepening their relationship with God. See also section “Vacancies”.
Can older people participate in this course?
Older people are generally welcome as they provide valuable life experience. However, the main focus of our mission school is on young adults. There is no upper age limit.
Is participation reserved for baptized Adventists only?
Baptism is recommended, but not a condition of acceptance. As not-baptized Seventh Day Adventist you can be a TGM student as long as you love Jesus, are familiar with the doctrins of the Seventh Adventist Church and as you identify yourself with them. Also important is your willingness in participating in the entire program (including missionary work).
Which language is used for teaching the classes?
Most of our classes are conducted in English language. Some classes are tought in German language. A translation between German and English is not offered and may need to be organized by the student group. Anyways, we highly recommend German knowledge since all the church, community and lifestyle center work is done in German language. From our students we expect the highest interest in German language.
Are the hours paid for the practical work?
The work is part of the training and is not paid.
What are the costs if I cancel my registration?
If you cancel before the beginning of the course, no further costs will arise.
What costs arise if I leave during the training?
These costs are regulated in the TGM handbook.
What happens on the weekends?
During the school year we offer four selected extended as free weekends. On some weekends there take place programs such as a church weekend, a public lecture, a baptism, a youth meeting or a Newstart program. In all other weekends you have opportunity for recreation and having fellowship with the “TGM family”. On Sabbath you may serve and minister in the local churches of Carinthia. On Sundays, sometimes there need to be accomplished small tasks and services. At Sundays you have a time window for learning or doing excursions and hikes. Additionally to that, at Sundays we offer for our students access into our internet.
Do you offer a special menu for people with allergy?
Our kitchen prepares one menu per meal that consists of delicious plant-based quality food. If you can not eat all your food due to an allergy, you may prepare your own food in the tea kitchen or in the kitchen at the boy’s dorm.
Are the completed lessons credited for further theological study at an Adventist theological seminary?
Not yet. Our training is not academic, but practice-oriented. Very well, this degree is recognized within OCI. The recognition of some subjects by the the theological seminary in Bogenhofen can be clarified if necessary.
Is there an opportunity to be hired as a “missionary” after the training?
Suitable students will be offered to work in other institutions, ministries or in “new fields”. The Austrian Union is generally interested in mission pioneers. You can also work in other Adventist health centers, centers of influence, and mission schools.
Is this school supported by the Austrian Union?
There is a close cooperation between TGM and the Austrian Union of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. We also cooperate with the local churches in Carinthia and with the IMPACT Austria movement. TGM isn’t operated by the Austrian Union. The school is a non-profit organization (Austrian Institute for Health Promotion), which in turn is a member of OCI. (www.outpostcenters.org)
Mission school and hotel in one – how does that work?
TGM is a mission school. Although accomodated in a very comfortable hotel, we want to prepare ourselves for working in the mission field. Most of the male students and stuff are not living at the hotel Mattersdorferhof, but at the boy’s dorm in the village of Ingelsdorf. Also there are spacious rooms. The boy’s dorm can be reached from TGM by bike in five minutes. In contrast to many other mission schools, the rooms in the Mattersdorferhof are equipped with a shower and toilet, and there is an enormous amount of living space available within the house. We use a professional kitchen that uses mainly high quality organic food. Taking this facts into consideration, TGM seems to belong to those mission schools that offer a high comfort level for quiet modest prices. In order to keep the operating costs reasonably under control, once a day hot water for taking a warm shower is provided.
It seems that I could learn a lot in this outpost center. May I help in the different areas?
Our claim to us is to train the students practical. This can become a question of existence, especially in today’s crisis. In TGM, you receive a professional instruction that demands a lot and, in addition, provides a very wide range of experience in many areas of activity. Do you want to know how to run a small organic shop, how to build a farm, how to plan a health center, or how to organize regular lectures, Bible circles, etc.? All of these points and much more can you learn from us, in an environment where no competitive pressure from the work colleague or pressure to succeed of the manager weighs heavily on you. Our graduates especially appreciate this aspect of our training.
Do I am able to manage all of these points?
Many areas of life come together in one house. This is a special challenge:
- Private: apartment, free time, supply, duty areas (cleaning), mission work, personal interests
- Social environment: friends
- Church: devotions, Sabbath school, different events, mission work
- School: classes, outreach, work time, preparations, mission
A separation between these areas is not always easy to realize, but it is necessary to split up these areas mentally. Otherwise the impression of an “excessive demand” may arise. The school life is planned into a tight schedule. In the morning, after one or two class hours, there is work time. The afternoon is reserved for classes only. Outreach activities take place on chosen Fridays. Free time windows are available after breakfast and lunch, four times a week from 6 pm and on Friday afternoons. On Thursdays after the end of a Newstart program, the afternoon is usually free.
- personal time with God and Bible study
- doing your homework
- review of the classes
- your duty area (cleaning area)
- kitchen duty
- preparing for programs
- personal things to be arranged (shopping, helping others, cleaning rooms, washing clothes, preparing for the Sabbath program)